Ms. Holcomb & Mrs. Childress
Our end of the year video:
The girls have been mesmerized with the changes of Spring and have greatly enjoyed seeing the new goslings around campus each day. From the tulip poplar tree that we see each day on our way to the playground to the colorful flowers blooming all over campus, we are so fortunate to be able to learn and play at such a beautiful place. Hutchison is one of a kind and the girls love to learn all about the Hutchison community and environment. Recently we visited the pond in hopes of seeing the new baby goslings. The girls noticed that there were so many other things to discover at the pond too!
What do you notice about the Hutchison pond?
There are rocks under the water. They look brown. There are rocks around the water too, but they are grayish-white.- Anitza
I see mud close to the rocks. It's in the water.- Kadence
The pond looks green to me. I think it's green because some green leaves fell in there.- Ivy
There are brown sticks on the ground and pine cone trees by Dr. Ring's house.- Lilly
Look, there are a lot of pine cones, sticks, and rocks around the pond. I see white flowers floating on top of the water too. I think they came off the trees.- Camille
I see little white things in the pond. I think they are food for the fish.- Jaycelyn
There is a fountain in the pond. It sprays really fast. I see a leaf in the water too. It looks like a fish fin.- Eloise
The fountain is making drops in the water.- Frannie
I see a Mommy goose.- Lindy
I see the baby geese!- Emma
Look, there's a family of geese. The mommy and daddy are protecting their babies. One is pushing a baby with it's beak in the pond.- Clara
I wonder why there is water spinning around out there. It looks like a water tornado. There must be a big fish under the water spinning it's head around making it do that.- Maddie
The pond is wet.- Raven
The water rolls fast, and it looks deep.- Stella
Observational drawings of the girls' discoveries
The girls also compared various bodies of water to distinguish the difference between freshwater and saltwater. Which animals live in and around each body of water? How can we keep our water clean? All the girls agreed that they can deposit trash like plastics, glass, and paper for recycling to help keep not only our water clean, but also our land and air.
Each year the Trike-A-Thon is a day our girls look forward to! The weeks leading up to the big day we spent a lot of time talking about St. Jude. During chapel Scott Throckmorton, Director of Security at Hutchison, spoke to the girls about bike safety. He explained the importance of having proper protective equipment. Good bike safety always includes wearing a helmet to protect your head.
Finally, the big day arrived! We peddled for the children at St. Jude and raised over $11,500 this year and more than $146,000 over the last 15 years! What a great way to teach our Hutchison girls about giving back to the community and a passion for service to others!
With the beginning of a new season, the girls have started to notice some changes happening. The birds are returning to campus and the air is warmer. Through our study of dinosaurs, the girls made the realization that dinosaurs hatched from eggs. This allowed us to ask the question, What other animals do you know that hatch from eggs? Birds, was the overwhelming answer. We then asked the question, Do you think other animals hatch from eggs? Most girls agreed that more animals hatch from eggs. This is where we began our research of eggs and nests.
What is an egg?
It's what you eat for breakfast. My daddy cooks those that have the yellow thing in them.- Lilly
It's something that a baby animal comes from.- Emma
It's a white, round oval.- Anitza
What types of animals have eggs?
Birds - Clara
Butterflies - Kadence
Bees - Stella
I thought bees came from a beehive.- Raven
Crocodiles - Ivy
Turtles...I know because I have been reading on my scientist lab at home.- Eloise
How do animals care for their eggs?
Momma birds try not to drop their eggs on the ground. She puts her wings around the eggs.- Stella
Chickens sit on their eggs.- Camille
Do all eggs and nests look the same?
No, some might be big, regular, or circle.- Lindy
Where can you find a nest?
On a tree- Kadence
On the ground- Raven
In a bush- Camille
On the ground in the wild- Clara
How are nests made?
They are made out of hay, garbage, and wheat dandelion fluff.- Jaycelyn
Sticks...everything is made out of sticks.- Clara
Birds find puff crumbs and put them all together, so it's fluffy inside. They get some twigs and nature too.- Eloise
Twigs, birds build with them.- Emma
Sticks, water, and fluffy stuff- Ivy
Have you ever seen a nest?
I saw one hanging on my light at my house! It's on a pole.- Frannie
In my old tree there was an old nest. It was old because no birds were in it.- Camille
I saw one at my front door. There were 3 eggs in it! They were white.- Kadence
I saw a nest in Pre-K. Mrs. Erikson brought it to class.- Maddie
I saw one on my MeMe's tree! It's the big one that my brother climbs.- Lilly
The girls have noticed the sunshine, warmer weather, and plants growing on campus. We sat down to discuss some things we know about spring.
What is the weather like during spring?
Sometimes it's rainy and sometimes it's not rainy.- Lilly
It's warm, and I get to go to MemPops!- Stella
It's sunny.- Anitza
How is spring unique from other seasons?
We don't wear coats anymore.- Camille
Buds grow on trees.- Jaycelyn
We get to fly kits.- Emma
We can open pools. It starts to get warm and the sun is out longer.- Eloise
The grass changes to green.- Kadence
Flowers bloom, birds come back, and baby animals are born.- Maddie
All the animals don't hibernate anymore.- Raven
Flowers start blooming.- Clara
The girls were so excited to learn about dinosaurs. First, we sat down together to see what they already knew about them.
During our time in the science lab Mrs. Wesson reinforced our learning of how the heart works and showed the girls in a hands on way how the blood inside our body circulates through the body.
"It holds onto the oxygen and takes it allllll over our body and then comes back!"
Another visit to the lab, the girls explored how to keep our heart healthy. The girls learned that they can eat the right foods to keep our heart healthy and strong.
"Bread apples and fish and eggs and chicken are good for your heart."
You can make your heart go fast when you exercise! You can jump, play, and run to make your heart go beat, beat, beat, beat super fast!- Ivy
My heart beats slow when I am resting. It beats slow when I read books or working on my school work."- Kadence
Reactions during the dissection.
It looks like a squishy toy for dogs!- Jaycelyn
I thought it would be like a valentine heart.- Ivy
It's so cool! It feels kind of hard.- Frannie
It smells like paint and I think it feels gooey.- Maddie
I didnt know sheeps had heatys too.- Anitza
I see the blood in here. I opened it all by myself!- Eloise
It looks like a mushroom. It feels squishy.- Stella
I thought it was going to be blue and red all over like the ones in our classroom.- Clara
Yeah but its like a peach color.- Raven
The muscle is squishy.- Emma
I wonder how old this sheep was? I think it was maybe 92.- Camille
It looks like steak bones. Is the sheep still alive?- Raven
The heart looks like it has a stem!- Kadence
When I pick it up it feels cold.- Lilly
Why do we have valentines day?
Because you love people and you give something to them.- Emma
We give people things because you love people and care for them.- Kadence
It’s a day that we show people we love them.- Jaycelyn
You show people your love and kindness on this day.- Clara
What does love mean?
It means you really like them like I really love my mommy and daddy and I care for them.- Eloise
I think it means to care about them and hug them and eat with them. Lindy
You know you love someone when you hug them.- Camille
I love my parents because every night my mom and dad come give me hugs at bedtime.- Maddie
Love is a feeling that we have. Where do we feel love?
In our hearts!
I can feel disappointed.- Stella
"Our hearts are all so beautiful!"- Emma
"I love my mommy because she loves me back."- Lilly
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Building and sequencing the steps to make a snowman. The girls used play-dough and loose parts to create a snowman. Next the girls thought about all of the steps they completed to finish this task. They were able to discuss this with a friend who was also playing here to compare and contrast if their sequence was similar.
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Sorting animals based on if they thrive in the snow or without snow. The girls sorted the animals and then documented their discoveries into their doodle pad. The girls then independently sounded out how to spell the name of each animal.
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The girls have been studying maps and globes. We first looked at how globes and maps are a like and different. The girls were then given an opportunity to create their own map of Earth. After illustrating the continents the girls located and labeled the north pole and the south pole. Next the girls papier-mâchéd spheres and created globes. The girls not only labeled the poles but also the equator.
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Icy patterns: The girls were invited to create any variation of patterns that they could think of. They were given examples of ABC, AAB, ABB, AABB, or any other pattern they wanted to try.
Now that we have seen how our warm hands can make ice melt, the girls began another experiment to see which of 5 trays would melt the fastest. The trays each tested a different theory; salt, sugar, warm water, milk, and then ice without anything added.
Emma-warm water because it will melt fast When I put ice in my milk at home it melted. Maddie
If you put hot water in cold it will melt faster. Lindy
I think salt. Jaycelyn
Hypothesis of what will melt the ice the fastest:
After lunch we headed back to the lab to see what the results would be.
The water melted it the fastest! Even the lego fell out!- JK student