Ms. Holcomb & Mrs. Childress
Even with Memphis experiencing a very mild winter, the girls have loved exploring the changes that can occur during winter. We began our conversation with the question..
What do you know about winter?
- The trees don’t have any leaves-Elin
- That’s a bare tree. Evergreen trees don’t though.- Grey
- If it's very cold it will snow- Imani
- In winter you have to wear coats and hats and gloves and boots. - Mabel
- Plants go away in winter- Maddie
- It feels cold outside. - Katie
- We can drink hot chocolate when it’s cold. - Lane
- Animals hibernate in winter. Like bears and squirrels hibernate. Hibernate means they don’t go out in winter because they are sleeping - Ruthie
- Squirrels eat their acorns while they hibernate. They keep them in their house. - Carlie
- Ducks and other animals have to find a new home in winter. Somewhere warm- Lilli Greer
- When it snows you can make a snow angel.- Phoebe
- When we are inside you wear long sleeve shirts and pants. Emma
What do we wonder about winter?
What is snow?
Where does snow come from?
Is it cold everywhere?
What happens to animals when it gets cold outside?
Where do the flowers go?
How can they come back?
Can we make snow?
S Y M M E T R Y
Symmetry is a skill the girls can grasp at this early age and continue to use and gain knowledge of not only in mathematics but also in science and art. Symmetry is found everywhere you look in nature. We chose to begin our study while noticing the similarities in snowflakes. From there, the girls found other areas in nature and even in themselves where symmetry is so beautifully displayed. We used this as inspiration to create some lovely art pieces. We are so excited to extended this conversation throughout the rest of the year.
S T O R Y T E L L I N G
Our JK girls continued the conversation of snow and cold weather by applying this information and using it as inspiration to create a fiction story. The girls became authors and illustrators. The thought of their plot, wrote the beginning, middle, and end of their story, wrote a title, and illustrated their story. On our No Snow Day, the girls each shared their stories with their friends by taking turns to read their book.
Skills at work:
With a new year many of us take a look at ourselves and make goals, some see how we could make the next year an even better one, and some even see how we can make the world around us a better place. In JK we like to take this time to reflect on the previous semester and celebrate all of the hard work and growth your girls have accomplished. We do this in a few ways.
The first is a self portrait. We revisit our original drawings done in august and create another in January. The girls love to compare and see what details they might have left off or how they were able to create new shapes.
Throughout they year and during our various studies we also are connecting to the world around us. Our season of winter has opened up conversations about cold weather and snow. We have not see much snow this year but it is always something the girls see as magical and beautiful. Within our study of snow we learned that snowflakes are symmetrical and have six points. Another part of our study has taught us that snowflakes are all similar because of their symmetry and six points but they are also each unique in their design. We have been able to connect this to ourselves and our year long discussion on how we are similar and different. This lovely conversation of snowflakes and self was a beautiful and organic connection of the two studies.
Snowflakes are all snowflakes and they are all different AND they are all beautiful.- Phoebe
Finally as we look at the year ahead, the girls sat down and thought about what she would like to learn about or learn more about during 2020. It was fun to see some of their idea that were similar to one another and others that were unique. Excited for all of the learning that will take place.
The girls each thought of a gift they could give and recorded these ideas through illustrations and writing. It warmed my heart to see how each girl was so thoughtful and each student thought of something meaningful to give. They were so proud as they worked on their pages. After completing our work, the girls helped me share their ideas with our EC family during chapel.
After our study on thankfulness. the girls each created a book of thanksgiving. In the book the girls thoughtfully thought of people, places, and things that bring joy to their hearts and foster thankfulness. The girls illustrated pictures, sounded out the words, and added detail with paint.
We are thankful for our grandparents and special friends!
What is fall?
Fall is when the wind blows super hard and the trees shake and the leaves fall down.- Ruthie
It's when its not hot anymore. You get to wear sweaters and tights!- Imani
All the leaves turn pretty colors.- Lilli Greer
Yeah! Like yellow and red and purple and green and red.- Maddie
And orange too, Maddie!- Grey
Oh yeah! Orange too.- Maddie
I like fall because we get to go trick or treating.- Emma
And we get to celebrate Thanksgiving!- Abigail
I like to throw the leaves in the air.- Carlie
It looks like it is raining leaves outside!- Elin
It gets dark outside fast in the fall.- Lane
You gotta come inside because it gets nighttime.- Mabel
I like wearing long sleeves and sweaters in the fall!- Phoebe
On cold cold fall days I can wear my gloves. Its not cold all the time in the fall.- Katie
The wind is shaking the trees and all the leaves down to the ground! It's raining leaves!!- Ruthie
This is the most beautiful red and yellow and orange and green ever!-
My leaf looks like a turkey and this leaf looks like an oval.- Imani
This is a small leaf. And this is a big leaf. And this is a tiny tiny acorn!- Emma and Katie
This leaf is brown and crunchy.-Phoebe
These red and orange leaves are still soft and smooth.- Mabel
I wonder why that one turneded crunchy? Maybe it was old? -Phoebe
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SKILLS AT WORK:
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SKILLS AT WORK:
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As we learn more about shapes, the girls helped Mrs. Childress create large shapes using tape on our carpet for the girls to have as a reminder as they move about their day. The girls counted how many sides they needed and also talked about length to make sure each shape was done correctly.
Self-portraits are a great way for our girls to explore the concept of self. A child's self-portrait can reveal many things. As with any drawing, it shows the development of fine motor, creativity and observation skills. It can also give insight into a child's self-concept. It's an easy way to form a connection and see how our girls perceive themselves through their own eyes. Below you will see conversations recorded and various self portraits we hope you treasure always.
The girls began this project by expressing themselves through free paint. The girls used this process to explore colors and textured. After two sessions of paint and adding detail with oil pastel, the girls drew a picture of themselves. Each girl used black pen to think about the details of her body and document through a drawing. Finally, we sat down together and talked about ourselves. The girls shared things about themselves that they love, that they are good at, and things that make them happy. I asked,
Can we see these things when we look at you?
Maybe you know my favorite color is pink because my shirt is pink.
That’s true but do I know you love to eat pizza at lunch or strawberries are your favorite snack when I look at you?
How can I know those things about you?
You have to talk to me and I can tell you!
We then sat down one at a time and the girls shared with me their verbal self-portraits. I asked each girl to tell me all of the things that live in her heart and her brain.
Her name is Elizabeth but them called her different names and she didn't like it. They called her nicknames because she likes her regular name she got sad. She said her whole long name really loud and they all heard her and they started calling her by her real name and her was happy. I am happy when people call me Mabel! - Mabel