PreK-4 students learned that root vegetables like carrots, beets and radishes can be planted in early spring. After reading Plants Feed Me by Lizzy Rockwell, they headed out to the garden to plant Easter egg radishes in a raised bed along side Sugar Ann peas and parsley. Students also filled newspaper pots with potting soil and planted edible nasturtium flowers which they will be observing in their classroom. PreK-4 is looking forward to harvesting and sampling colorful Easter egg radishes in May!
PreK-4 students have been working all year on their “Sweet Beats.” The song we sing in 4/4 time gives students the chance to improvise 4 beats of music using different food names for example, beet is for a quarter note, cherry for two eighth notes, and avocado for four sixteenth notes – students are creating measures of music in 4/4 time without even realizing it! Today we put symbols to two of our words, beet and cherry. Using popsicle sticks we created a measure of music using quarter and eighth notes (beets and cherries). This is just the beginning of students starting to write and understand music theory.
The PreK-4 is learning about the American impressionist painter Mary Cassatt. Her paintings often featured women and children which was considered an acceptable subject matter for a woman painter in the 19th century. The class made bonnets and wore them with costumes to recreate a living copy of the artist’s painting “The Boating Party.”
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.