Sand was the name of the game today. Both outside and in the classroom, we explored digging, burying and even observing magnified the grains of sand. When we walked into the classroom today, we noticed a baby sea turtle nest ready to hatch at the light table! In the past month we’ve been reading about baby sea turtles and how they hatch. Today we got a chance to pretend we were the scientists observing and assisting the baby sea turtles. Once we found all the sea turtles, some children took the opportunity to count and document the turtles.
“I had four, Marley had five and Violet had one!”- CC
For others exploring the materials was more interesting. Both Jack and Lochie took time to test out the magnifying glasses on the sand and all around the classroom.
“I’m noticing that shoes aren't just shoes. They’re fabric that we wear on our feet” Jack said in response to observing his magnified tennis shoes.
Get Ready for Messy
Tomorrow, April, 1st, we will be using acrylic paint to paint our treehouse. Please either bring a spare set of clothes or have friends dress in clothing you don't mind getting paint on.
Reminder: For home research, please have your child take pictures of their home. It can be the inside, outside or whatever sparks their interest.
We are so excited to paint our paper mache tree house. We sat down today to discuss the parts of our treehouse and what colors each section will be. After a heated discussion we came to an agreement.
"Now we can connect, Lucia" - Jane
In the studio, we used our soon to be paint treehouse to think about else a house or treehouse would need. We had a lot of ideas about what would make a great house or treehouse.
This is the running room for the bunnies. That's a slide. This is the door to their home. - Sylvie
Welcome back! We hope everyone had terrific spring breaks! While you were away, our Rainey A classroom got a makeover! Upon seeing the changes, George gave it a two thumbs up and Lochie asked if we “could keep it like this forever”.
The new space has facilitated lots of new and exciting opportunities, including a thriving restaurant dramatic play. Alongside the restaurant play, Jack and CC spent time at the message center making menus and receipts for the restaurant.
We also enjoyed working on our sea mural today. In addition to brainstorming and mixing a color for the sky, we also took the canvas off of the frame and nailed it to wood to create a hanging backdrop for our classroom theater performances.
Big thanks to the Guginos for joining us as our mystery readers today!
Spring has sprung, welcome back!
Collaging leaves for a springtime feel
Lucia: (we need) The plates and the chairs.
Janie: We need one more.
Lucia: Now we have to take a picture.
Janie: Oh! the little button! Can I try now?
Lucia: Now we need to do the chairs. I'm going to put the plates away. Now lets set up the chairs.
Lucia chooses final photos
PHOTOS of CHAIRS and PLATES taken by the CHILDREN
After mixing our ocean floor color yesterday, we were ready to paint the ocean floor today. During our outside time, Jack and Marley volunteered to help paint our sea floor. They began by removing the painters tape to reveal the blank canvas. After, they slowly and carefully began to apply the yellow/brown paint, during which they offered the following thoughts:
Jack: Like you see how I paint, ok I’m going to paint and then see there’s small little cracks.
Marley: Yes, this looks like sand, but not really because it’s golden.
After they were done, the rest of Rainey A came over to view the work they had done.
CC: Oh, its already dry!
Lochie: Maybe it needs a little, maybe it needs something to add to it. Like a hook of a ship.
George: Like a shark and fish!
Lochie: And even a water machine
CC: Maybe fishes and whales and seaweed. And waves, but we have to do dark blue.
Violet: It kind of looks like gold on the bottom
Speaking of Toad we also chatted about our final design for the pajamas. While we had a chance to edit some images together yesterday, we decided today how to put them together in a way that would look best on the pajamas.
CC: I want Emmy to have them, she's 6-7
Lochie: I want JJ to have them, my sisters one is a 8
George: I want pajamas for Lucy and Jack!
Lochie: I want the sun to not be on Toad.
CC: I want Toad to hold the flowers
Marley: I want Toad to hold the heart
Jack: I want Toad to eat or hold the moon.
Lochie: We’re painting the canvas of our ocean. We’re going to use it to tell ocean stories.
Violet: I just love it (the paint) right here. Look at what I made!
CC: We could add fish and sharks. Look! We’re putting our blue together
Elle: This is my blue!
Marley: I’m going to paint up and down
Lochie: Let’s make the canvas disappear