This month, the girls have been learning all about feelings of love and the human heart! We have read books and watched videos to learn about Valentine hearts and our very own hearts.
A Valentine heart does not look the same as our heart. -Nora Cait
Dissection of the Heart
Our class was able to go visit the Upper School girls and dissect sheep hearts with them this week. There was much conversation that went on throughout our time in the Upper School....
the heart has four chambers.- Brianne
my heart beats like this, bump-bump, bump- bump. - Becca
Art from the Heart with Moms
We had a wonderful time making art with our moms this week!
Happy Valentines Day!❤️
Geographic concepts allow for the exploration of relationships and connections between people and both natural and cultural environments.
In JK, we find it important to begin introducing the girls to geographic concepts beyond their everyday scope. Over the past few weeks, we have been investigating and researching to learn more about our Earth and the North and South Poles. The girls curiosity of the poles led them to have many questions about the people and animals that live in the colder climates. To investigate further, we read several books and watched videos to get a better understanding of how these animals survive.
How is a polar animal unique?
Their skin has thick layers to keep them warm. -Mazee
The arctic birds crouch down in the snow to stay warm. - Nora Cait
The Arctic fox wraps up with his tail to stay warm. - Lizzie
Why does a penguin have wings if it can't fly?
So he can balance.- Amelia
It needs them to swim. - Elle
Bears don't have to wear jackets with buttons and zippers because they have their own coat. Their own coat is their fur. -Brianne
Arctic Scientists at Work
To test just how well a polar bears fat keeps them warm, we did our very own experiment. We put Crisco in a bag then placed another bag down inside of it. We put our bag in ice water, then each girl had the opportunity to place her hand in the Crisco bag and they compared how the ice felt versus how it felt when we had our hand in the Crisco.
Everyone says with the "polar bear fat", it doesn't even feel that cold!
Applying our knowledge
What do you know about our Earth?
There is more water on the earth than land. -Zayhah
Polar bears live at North Pole and the penguins live in the south Pole.
Our study of Thanksgiving began with posing the question above. The girls responses show a strong understanding of gratitude. After discussion of the topic of thankfulness, the girls then illustrated in a mini-book the parts of their life that they are thankful for. The pictures represent one item from each girl's book.
What is inside of a pumpkin?
In science lab, Mrs. Wesson carved out a pumpkin with the girls. They were able to feel the insides and observe the pulp and seeds. Next, the girls worked together to count out the seeds inside our pumpkin. They each put 10 seeds in a cup then reported to Mrs. Wesson and she marked a tally mark on the smartboard. After all the seeds were counted, the class counted by tens to determine the number of seeds in our pumpkin. We had
478 !! The girls couldn't believe it!