The girls had a wonderful day celebrating the end of JK. We appreciate you all coming out and celebrating with us. We heard several times today that this was “the best day ever!”
Looking back at how we have grown....
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Springtime brings so many new things to look at! These past several weeks, the girls have been noticing all the signs of spring. With the birth of our new baby goslings, we thought we would go out and observe the pond to see if there were any other new things we may not have noticed. We spent some time one afternoon last week sitting, listening and discussing what all we saw and heard,
I see a dragonfly. - Callie
The turtles are making waves in the water. -Nehel
That looks like an eel swimming in the pond. -Isabella
During our study, we learned about the different types of waters found on our earth. We learned that freshwater is found in lakes, ponds, and rivers and saltwater is found in the oceans.
We did some experimenting to see what we noticed about freshwater and saltwater. We wondered how they are alike and different?
What do you think will happen to the items when we put them in the saltwater and freshwater?
The marshmallow is going to float! -Owen
It will probably dissolve. - Eleanor
The saltwater looks cloudier than the fresh water. - Mary Reagan
The dice are going to sink!- Lucy
Storytelling about our Hutchison pond
We challenged the girls to create a scene about a pond then compose a sentence to describe their creation. They used words we provided and they even added some of their very own. This activity allowed the girls to exhibit their understanding of sentence structure. This year we have learned that all sentences must begin with a capital letter, they must have spaces in between the words and a punctuation at the end.
For young learners, science is just an extension of their everyday world. We don't have to teach young children how to wonder, discover, and explore through play because they do it naturally. All children can learn science and all children should have the opportunity to become scientifically literate. In order for this learning to happen, the effort to introduce children to the essential experiences of science inquiry and explorations must begin at an early age. In JK, each student has had the opportunity to be the "Scientist of the Week" and present a simple experiment to their classmates. Through a weekly science activity, a love of science is fostered. Please take a look at your little scientists in action!
What was your experiment?
With the beginning of spring, the girls have become very aware of the changes taking place all around us. As we walk around the campus, we have been looking and wondering about spring. Some of the things we noticed prompted the girls to come up with questions of their own.
What are the signs of spring?
It starts to get warmer - Owen
The leaves are growing back on the trees. - Gia
The grass is getting greener. -Heather
The birds migrate back. -Isabella
How is spring unique from other seasons?
The mama birds build their nests and lay their eggs. -Anne Whitfield
The flowers start to bloom. - Eleanor
The winter doesn't grow buds. -Salena
It is not real cold and it is not real hot. - Piper
"Spring is a lovely reminder of just how beautiful change can be."
The Maker Space is a place to experiment and explore with a variety of materials. It offers the children opportunities to create and invent their ideas, giving life to discarded items.
As the children play with the material, we wonder:
How might the Maker Space open doors to collaboration and problem solving?
We read several books to explaining the process of creativity. Come up with a concept to help with your problem, next sketch and build your idea then test and prove your concept.
We discussed that it will not always be right but we can always modify and improve our designs.
Next, they drew a draft of what their initial concept was then they got to work on their prototype. During this time they were allowed to tinker, wonder and test their final project.
We have loved seeing all the creative ways the girls have utilized the materials and the conversations it starts between those working in the space. These interactions promote collaboration and different perspectives of a problem. These experiences will provide them with a foundation in engineering and design.
What is the importance of children telling stories during play?
Story telling helps the well being of the child. It helps them to make connections with the world around them and learn to understand their own feelings better and those of others.
It can help them find their sense of identity and help them to gain an understanding of other people's backgrounds and cultures.
It allows them to share their thoughts, feelings and ideas by telling stories and listening to them as well. They can begin to think creatively and have their own ideas for stories.
"Stories create community, enable us to see through the eyes of other people, and open us to the claims of others.”
by Lucy, Eleanor, Mary Reagan
There was a mean witch and the girls were hiding in the fire pit so she couldn't find them. But the witch found them so they ran away into the rainbow pool. The rainbow pool is a blue, green, red, orange and yellow pool. It was filled with rainbow bath bombs to make it colorful. All the colors made it magical and it sent the girls to their nice grandmother's house who always helps them. They felt safe there so they stayed forever.
The Walk by Anne Whitfield
A family was out for a walk and they saw a field of dinosaurs. The baby wanted to go see them and go for a ride so he climbed on top of the dinosaur. The mom was afraid the baby would fall. So she called the dad over and he walked next to the baby and dinosaur so he wouldn't fall off. Then, the mom climbed on the back of the dinosaur and they finished their walk together. They had a fun time.
Our discussions on temperature and weather, led us to talk about other places on our earth and wonder if they were feeling the same temperatures as us? The girls investigated our classroom globe in search of clues.
The parts with all the colors is the land. -Marie
There is more blue (water) than land. -Eleanor
There is some white land too! I think it is ice. -Gia