Our kindergarten thespians have been learning about friendship. We have been reading and writing stories about being good friends and learning how to navigate sometimes difficult interactions with friends. The kindergarteners were thrilled to visit the PreK-3 and PreK-4 classes and demonstrate what they have learned. We performed several skits modeling what good friends do. The scenarios involved sharing, taking turns, helping, working cooperatively and even standing up for a friend. It’s hard to tell who enjoyed the show more – the audience or the actors!
Where does food come from? Sure, the supermarket is the place where we buy food but PreK-4 students wondered where does food really come from?
During our farm unit the children visited a working farm where they learned that milk comes from a female cow. They experienced milking a pretend cow and now understand why farmers use machines to milk cows – it’s hard work! After visiting the cows, the children met sheep and lambs and felt their insulating fleece. They washed the fleece, hand-carded (combed) it, and hand-spun it into yarn with a partner to make a braclet. Visiting the chicken yard and coop were next. Did you know the color of a chicken’s ear determines the color of egg she lays? The children were also amazed to learn that chickens have 5,000 feathers!
Back at school the children learned that when you eat a salad you could be eating not just leaves, like lettuce, but also flowers, stems, roots and seeds! Fresh from the farmers market they examined cauliflower and broccoli up close, and guess what – they are huge flowers! After thinking about how carrots grow underground, they realized it was a root. Husking corn was an especially fun part of this investigation. The hard work paid off when we ate the seeds!
Children of all ages are drawn to these versatile and beautiful new building pieces in our community. PreK-4 and sixth grade students are seen here exploring the possibilities of these dynamic learn-through-play loose parts materials which inspire creativity and support imaginative play. A gorgeous autumn day is the perfect outdoor learning space for our children.
The PreK-4 and kindergarten class did an excellent job performing on stage for the first time this year! The students have been itching to get up on stage for assembly, and we chose this song about fall to make their debut! When students first listened to this song we talked about the form, or the pattern the song had. As a class students used their “musical ears” to figure out which parts of the song were the same and which were different. We then labeled those parts with letters. In addition to learning about musical form students also learned about how to project your voice in a healthy way. We have a little friend “Bob” who is only an inch tall. When Bob is on our finger right next to us we can speak in a soft voice, but when he is sitting on the basketball hoop, like he was today during assembly, our voices have to reach to him without shouting! We use deep “belly breathing” to help project our voices. It is not as easy at it may seem! Getting up on stage at a young age builds such a sense of confidence and pride, and ou students are so lucky the will have many opportunities to perform throughout the year!
The letter of the week is F! Did you know that painting your Feet tickles and makes them Feel very slippery? PreK-4 students painted their Feet and walked across a long piece of paper to make a very colorful reminder of how much Fun they had learning the letter F. How Fitting that our theme for the week was Friendship! We made friendship bread and learned math vocabulary: whole, half and quarter. Each child cut a dinner roll in half, then in quarters, rolled it in cinnamon sugar and placed into a bundt pan until it was full. Chef David baked it for us and we shared a delicious treat with our classmates. Why is it call friendship bread? You just pull off a piece with your Fingers and share it with your Friends!
PreK-4 students are studying shapes in Ms. Palm’s class. In the makerspace we worked hard to create our own “geoboards” and will use rubber bands secured around the nails to make and identify lots of different shapes. Practicing our hammer skills and safe tool use was a fun and productive bonus!