Letter G week in PreK-4 proved to be very exciting. Mr. Coe, the Upper School instrumental teacher visited our classroom and played his guitar! We all sang along. Mr. Coe explained the sound comes from strumming the strings. We learned the guitar strings are made of metal and a ukulele strings are made from plastic. In the afternoon we made our own guitars with shoe boxes and rubber bands. The class was excited to show Mr. Coe our guitars and make music with our handmade guitars. G says /G/ in guitar!
PreK students have been loving any chance to get up on the Unquowa Stage! We had a wonderful performance last month of a song story, “Down in the Jungle.” The students felt so proud of themselves when they sang for all their teachers, parents, and friends at assembly! When we talked about our performance in class the students were beaming with pride and excitement. The number one question they had was, “when can we perform again?!”
When entering the PreK classroom today the children were greeted by the voter registration lady. Was it really Ms. Palm? No one really knew because she had a different voice and didn’t sound like our teacher. She asked us our name, address, age and our grade in order to register us to vote. We filled out our ballot by voting for our favorite color. It was a tie! Pink and blue were voted our favorite colors. Some wanted to vote twice but quickly learned that wasn’t allowed in a democracy. It was a fun and educational way to learn about Election Day and our government.
During Unquowa’s Earth Day the PreK and Kindergarten classes made apple boats using decorated leaves for the sail, skewers for the mast, and half an apple for the hull. We tested them out and are pleased to say that all of them are sea worthy!
On Monday, October 8th, our early childhood students and teachers spent the day in the great outdoors, celebrating the earth by creating our own version of Forest Kindergarten. It was a day filled with explorative play, nature-based crafts and activities and community building! Children enjoyed making muddy faces, sun catchers and headbands out of natural materials. Our literacy activity revealed how children felt when in the forest. We came inside only briefly to wash our hands and prepare a delicious make-your-own trail mix! The extended time outside allowed for building intricate block structures. Lunch was also hands on as we cooked our own snodbrod (or Danish hot dogs wrapped in dough) over the fire. The afternoon consisted of making boats out of leaves and apples and testing their buoyancy. We capped off the day with an outdoor obstacle course. Many thanks to all those who made this day possible, a great time was had by all!
Prek-4 art class learned about the element of art texture. The class experimented with different types of textures and learned to identify visual texture. To complete our study we made texture ties which Mr. Doug proudly tried on.