The PreK Dragonflies are talking a lot about Earth Day these days. The children came up with the idea to make an “earth collage” during choice time this week. They made a trip down to our Materials Room and collected what looked interesting to them. They then glued the recycled materials on a large piece of cardboard and made a beautiful collage together!!
The 2 year old Ladybugs have been engaged in their “Life and Growing” unit and this week they’re learning all about insects. They learned all about honey; from bees, nectar and flowers to picking it up from the grocery store. They learned that a beekeeper wears a special hat so he doesn’t get stung and despite popular belief…he does not wear a space helmet!
After learning about the honey process, The Ladybugs embarked on an adventurous blind taste test. One cup contained applesauce and one cup contained honey. The Ladybugs had to guess which one was honey and then use adjectives to describe the taste. Some responses were “sweet,” “not salty,” “sticky,” and “not applesauce.”
The 2-3 year old Roly Polies have been doing “Roly Poly of the Week.” This special activity is so exciting for these guys but it also creates a bridge from home to school and encourages individual ownership over their classroom. Here’s how it works:
For this project they were honing their observation skills, doing careful drawings with colored pencils. First, they talked about the flower they chose, which provided an opportunity to look at some different plant parts (flower petals, pollen, leaves, stems), and they also noticed shapes and subtle colors in the flowers (pointy leaves, long ones, round ones, many vs few). Next, they tried to identify shapes to draw and added green leaves. Finally, they picked watercolors that matched the flower and added that!
Gina, from Imagination Playground, came to The Co-op School today to talk to us about our amazing new blocks. She told us that an architect named David Rockwell discovered that his children liked playing with the large boxes their toys came in more than the actual toys and so he came up with the idea of creating large child-sized blocks.
The kids had questions about how the blocks are made. We also talked about what we can make with the blocks (some ideas: playhouses, furniture, robots…), how it’s good sometimes to make a plan before building and how to be safe when using the blocks.
The Bumblebee class is studying Balloons for their inquiry study and they had Balloon-Shape-Maker Extraordinaire Robert come in for an amazing demonstration!!