He mixed H2O, vinegar, baking soda and food coloring.
worked on cooperatively as a class to make one big castle
We brought in some outdoor small plants and took a look at their roots.
We went outside to our community garden. We pulled a carrot from the soil.
We explained this is a root vegetable.
While the grass grew up the children watched the roots grow in the soil.
When the bad food hits the stomach it gurgles and your face gets sad.
What does the pumpkin look like? Big, Tall, orange, small stripes
Will it sink or will it float? They really were so curious what would occur!
- baking soda
- apple pie spice
- food coloring of your choice
This fun, food-themed day is more than just cheese and salsa. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science and more. We had crunchy Taco shells, chesse, salsa, and tomatoes and lettuce from the garden. We sat together family syle and enjoyed our tacos and conversation.
Work Together Wednesday
Work together, build together, learn together
When children build together they explore math and science conceptsand develop their social and early literacy skills.
All the three year old classes celebrated "Work Together Wednesday " on the playground. Each class brought out something to build with. The children got to build together using Duplo-blocks, Lincoln logs and Magna-tiles. Working together helps to promote a sense of community among all the classes.
Think, problem solve, create
Children develop creativity, social skills and fine muscles with open ended art projects where they can make choices, using their imagination and create with their hands. On Artsy Thursday the children each created their own collages. Each child was given a choice of colored paper, glue and a variety of different art materials to create and discover their hidden collage talents.
We end the week with Family Friday. Sharing with your family ideas and stories with each other. Engaging and celebrating families is the heart of supporting our youngest leaners; families. The children will each draw a picture of their families and bring it home on Friday.
APRIL 9, 2015 MY GYM
Ms. Tanya came to school today with a wonderful MY GYM program that had our Elephants trying out obstacle courses. The first one the children jumped over pretend "turtle shells", and sprinting over "hurdles", and sliding through the tunnel. The next one was just as challenging. The class climbed over a "nester", going around a cone and ending with a forward roll on the mat. At the end we looked through round small hoops and pretended they were our frames for our faces. to finish off the morning we picked up colorful gauzy cloths that "flew" all around.
April 7, 2015
Getting Ready for Passover
March 13, 2015 WORKING OUR MUSCLES
On Thurday the elephants enjoyed "My Gym" at The One School. We did warm ups and streching.
Then Ms. Tanya took our her "Wiggly Bridge". Each child took a turn using their large motor skills to balance the entire way over the bridge. After each child waited patiently, they had a turn on the "Rocking Boat"to perform a forward roll. The class had a "dance off" wheere they had to jump onto the mat when the music stopped. This activity was even more challenging because the mat kept getting smaller and smaller after every stop. The class enjoyed using their large motor skiills for all the fun challenges.
March 10, 2015
Ms. Nikki came to the Elephant class on Monday with a program all about balance. The children had fun trying to make a 'balance birdie' balance on a part of their body. Some children balanced their birdie on their nose or their arm or their fingers or their feet. Everyone tried balancing. Next Ms. Nikki gave the children a scale and items to balance on their scale. Some Elephants balanced dinosaurs with wings or fins or a big tail. Next the children tried balancing 3 bears; a Papa, a Mama and a Baby bear to see which was the heaviest. After all the balancing fun was completed, Ms. Nikki gave everyone a sparkly top to see if the children could spin the top on it's point. It reminded us of spinning a Dreidel. Science makes learning fun.
Groggers, the noise maker used to drown out the name of wicked Haman, were made from boxes of macaroni and then wrapped and decorated. After our Purim parade and celebration on Friday, the boxes of macaroni will be donated to a local food pantry.
Yummy eating time came when everyone made delicious hamentaschen (the jelly filled triangle shaped cookie meant to remind us of Haman’s hat)!
The children learned that the pumpkin starts as a seed.
The seed is planted in the rich soil.
The root reaches below for the nutrients.
The sprout reaches for sunlight.
Soon the vines appear.
|The golden blossoms bloomed into a yellow flower.|
|Tiny green knobs replace the flowers and then the knobs change from green color to orange color. The children documented all of this in their own pumpkin books.|
We gather the soil in the community garden to plant our seeds.
The seeds are counted and we plant them in clear cups. This is important to observe the roots below the soil and the stem that appears above the soil.
We planted even more seeds in cups and bring them into our classroom window to observe. When the time is ready we will transfer them to the community garden.
We had a great time painting this enormous, gigantic and humungous pumpkin.
The children worked together as a class to make this pumkin an orginal piece of artwork.
We also learned that pumpkins have different names; Cinderalla pumpkin, Peanut pumpkin, Fairytale pumpkin, and their favorite Cotton Candy pumpkin.
|Balancing our little pumpkins on a log.|
|Discovering the different colors of the baby pumpkins.|
|Balancing and gross motor movements help the brain to develop coordination.|
|Jumping over the pumpkins. Movement, physical activity and rhythmic patterns enhances learning and understanding.|
|Jumping with pumpkins over the log.|
|Balancing on the log.|
|Jumping with two pumpkins in our hands.|
After reading the story Noah's Ark, we talked about the surprise at the end of the book.
|Then we took our lesson outside. We performed an EXPERIMENT!|
|We took out some items from our room, a shell, a leave and a foam puzzle piece to "observe" if it would sink or float.|
|We observed that our "arks" floated in the water.|
|Everyone took a turn "observing" their own ark.|
|The red had the greatest amount of tops. The child uses his numbers and counting skills.|
|The child is sorting by colors and counting in one-to-one-correspondence.|
|As the season begins to change, we planted the first seeds all together as a class|
The little sprouts are ready to transfer to the big garden!
|Mr. Brett and Mr. David joined the three year old classes in song and dance in the sukkah.|
|We are learning lulav and etrog songs. We sang the lulav shake with our pretend lulav and etrog.|
|The class went outside to the sukkah to read the book, A Watermelon in the Sukkah.|
Mr. Brett demonstrates how to blow a very large shofar to the class.
|Singing with salsa music and learning to count to ten in Spanish!|
|Playing head, shoulders, knees and toes.|
|Using our large motor muscles to climb the "wiggly bridge."|
|Using our bean bags to identify the four corners.|
|Now we are displaying the shapes of a diamond.|
|The children had to walk around the mat with the music in the background. |
When the music stopped they all jumped on the mat. ( A different version of musical chairs0
The class used their fine motor skills, as well as their hand eye coordination to glue on paper. They choose if they wanted to crumble or not. Each elephant was unique in design.
The children went to the easel and used an elephant stencil attached to the paper They each decided which color they wanted to make their own elephant. They used their gross motor skills. moving back and forth between large sweeping motions and small discrete movements.
The children pretended to be elephants with their large elephant trunk. They were hysterical laughing and having a great time under their large trunk.
Our class also got to enjoy the delicious taste of our green peas that have sprouted in our garden. The children were amazed to see the pods growing amongst the greenery and loved the fact that they got to open up some pods and eat the peas. Yummy!
March 13, 2014
March 4, 2014
Life Cycle of the Ladybug
February 25, 2014
While playing on our playground the children were curious about a little bug they found on the fence. Using our magnifying glasses, we were able to identify the insect to be a Ladybug. They all laughed as it crawled on our hands. The children tried to count the spots, however they said "it moves too fast", and then they got to see it spread it's wings and fly to a leaf. Our topic of Ladybugs emerged again while visiting the front outside garden. While outdoors, we enjoyed the counting story of Ten Little Ladybugs. Afterwards the class went on a hunt for the perfect shaped rock and brought them inside so our Picasso's could paint them their favorite ladybug color. Later in class, we learned all of the parts of the insect such as it's two hard and two soft wings, six legs, and two antennae. Using our new found knowledge and our math counting skills, each child worked on counting out the body parts needed to create their ladybug and then using their fine motor skills, they attached several different textures to give their insect character. Taking the lesson one step further, we had the children tell us how many spots they wanted on each side of their bug and then each child using addition had to count up both sides to equal the grand total.
February 13, 2014
January 6, 2014
January 31, 2014
After a week of learning and exploring with pretend Florida animals in our classroom, the Elephants were very excited to see the real specimens when Busch Wildlife came to visit our school this week. The children got to meet Clyde the skunk and said "his tail is very soft", compared to Buttercup the alligator whose "tail seems very bumpy and he's black with stripes". Our class learned that Helmet the gopher tortoise lives on the land and digs big holes, while Hamlet, the turtle who visited our class last week, likes to play in the water. The children laughed and thought it was funny when Sherbert the snake wrapped himself around Ms. Kellys arm and thought August the opossums tail "looked weird with no hair". After our animal friends visit, the class voted on which animal they liked the best and our final tally showed a four way tie! Next, we took the knowledge we'd gained from our animal visit and study and each child created a animal of their choice with model magic. Using fine motor skills to pinch, pull and shape each piece of clay into unique animals. The children then water colored their animal and after further research they created a "habitat" for their animals to live in. This project approach has truly sparked wonderful interest and an understanding of taking care of our animals, their importance to our environment, and the children have a heighten awareness of their part in taking care of these habitats in the future. It has been a joy to watch animal activities emerge throughout the classroom and to hear the social interaction amongst the children.
January 26, 2014
Project Approach on Florida Animals
In anticipation of our visit from Busch Wildlife, the Elephant class took the opportunity to learn more about our neighboring animal community. First, implementing the web process, we needed to determine just what our class knew about Florida animals. Next the children decided which animal we should start investigating and turtles was the popular choice.
After reading several factual and fun stories about turtles, the children created Turtle sun catchers. During this process, each child was able to use their fine motor and cognitive skills by painting, using one to one correspondence in counting stones and recognizing shapes needed to design their turtles. To further our study, Leander was kind enough to bring in his pet turtle, Hamlet, so the children could get a closer look at the turtles shell, shape, head and webbed feet. What would Florida be without alligators, so next the children had fun decorating with dot markers, buttons and classroom objects and of course triangle sharp teeth in making their own alligators.
During center times, the children really enjoyed other ways to learn about Florida animals by working together to form a floor puzzle revealing birds of prey, using their imagination as they played with our beanie baby animals and they created unique habitats for their animals with magna tiles and legos.To welcome, Busch Wildlife friends to our One School, our class drew animals on a special banner and sponge painted animals on a box. Our Social Action Project to our guests was the box filled with donated papertowels to help them in their care for the animals.
January 17 Birthday of the Trees
December 3, 2013
November 14, 2013
November 11, 2013
The Elephants, Bears and Turtles Class Gather for the Pumpkin ExplosionThe 3 year old children took our pumpkin fun to the outdoor class room. We gathered around to watch the pumpkin. It took three scientific ingredients to make the pumpkin explode like a volcano. We added vinegar, baking soda and green food coloring. Then we waited for the action.
Using our five senses, the Elephant class began their study of pumpkins by feeling the surfaces of each, acknowledging that they felt "bumpy" and "rough". The children then observed that not all pumpkins are the same size or shape, so we then placed them in size order.
Then after reading our story "Mouse Paint", the children were asked to predict what color would appear if we mixed red and yellow. They were excited and surprised to see orange appear on their paper just like our pumpkin colors.
Next our scientists wanted to see what was inside of the pumpkin, so we cut it open to get a closer look. Each child had the opportunity to smell and feel inside. "It's yucky", "sticky" and "wow, there are lots of seeds in there" were some of their comments.
To continue our lesson, we then took out the seeds and after reading our "Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie" book, the children each planted some seeds so that we can observe their growth in class.
Finally the children created their own pumpkin books and were able to tell the story of the pumpkins growth in sequential order.
October 24, 2013As part of our unit on Trees, we also studied the leaves. The class discussed the many kinds of different leaves that had fallen from the trees.
October 16, 2013
Wow! Who could have imagined the excitement, curiosity and the smiles that your children had during this visual and cognitive skilled adventure. The children came from every direction shouting out their letter finds. Some of the class figured ways to create their letters using different textures such as twigs, grass and leaves. Our class truly did learn a lot about the shapes of their letters through this fun experience and we know this lesson will continue to evolve no matter where they visit to enjoy the outdoors in the future.
October 9, 2013
October 1, 2013
Ready, Set, Grow
Five Senses in Science
"It's Shofar Time"The children learned all about the Shofar and how we use it to announce the New Year. The children were fascinated to find out that the real shofar is made from a Rams horn. To celebrate, we decided to make our own shofars out of recycled cereal boxes. Each child using fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination used yarn to lace together the cardboard pieces. After that the Elephant class marched around the playground tooting our pretend shofars. We took the lesson one step further by painting the shape of the shofar while taking in the outdoors.
A Happy New YearOur Elephant class is having so much fun playing and meeting new friends. Today we continued learning about our upcoming holiday Rosh Hashanah, apples and honey. The children enjoyed stories about the holiday and it's traditions. Then using their fine motor skills, they tore tissue paper and using glue created their own apple and honey dishes. Next we had an apple tasting session and after each munch of three different colored apples, each child told us which one they liked the best. We charted our results in class and red was the winner. This morning with Mr. Brett, the children had fun singing, dancing and learning sign language to Rosh Hashanah music. Mr. Brett blew the shofar so all of the children could hear it's sound and they shouted Happy New Year to our school family. Later on, after reading the story, We All Fall for Apples, the children were excited to discover that an apple can be used to make some many yummy foods. Afterwards, the class shared some time with the Bear class and we all worked together to make yummy applesauce.
May 22, 2013 Can you say METAMORPHSIS?After feeding our very hungry little caterpillar for seven days, he wasn't hungry anymore. Now he was a big fat caterpillar. The caterpillar will now go into a small house called a "cocoon."
|The children are making the catepillars home, the "cocoon".|
|He will stay inside the cocoon for two weeks.|
The caterpillars stayed in their own painted cocoons on the tree, while they went through the process of "Metamorphosis".
|Imagine waking up from a deep sleep and discovering that you have changed shape and color.|
|And now you have beautiful colored wings.|
|Behind Ashlyn is the calendar of days we checked off for two weeks. We also practiced learning the days of the week.|
|The children were excited to see what their "butterflies" can do with their wings.|
|Let's see what they can do outdoors!!!|
Mad Science - Exploring Dinosaur BonesMay 14, 2013
|Ms Michelle from Mad Science came with her stuffed "Triceratop".|
|The children passed around a real tooth of the dinasour for the children to feel.|
|The children are exploring for dinosaur bones just like real "paleontologist."|
|They used special brushes to wipe off their "findings"|
|Each child works with his parnters to discover as many "bones" as possible|
|After all their discoveries each child took home a dinosaur tooth.|
April 26 - Spring, the Garden and Flowers
|Today we read The Twelve Days of Springtime ,a school counting book.|
|Bryce is smelling dried flowers from a Marigold plant.|
|We went outside to explore our own outdoor garden.|
|Bryce is using her nose to take in the fragrance of the flowers.|
|The children help our garden grow.|
|Then we got to work painting our very own flowers.|
|The children are really enjoying easel painting outside. This is great for their upper bodies as well as their hand eye coordination.|
April 25 The Very Hungry Caterpillar
|Bryce is measuring with a ruler her clothespin caterpillar.|
|Danielle is showing the teacher which is the biggest pom pom and which is the smallest.|
|We prepared the first snack of the apples in the shape of the caterpillar.|
|At snack the children are pretending to feed their very own caterpillar.|
|Samuel is making a "Very Hungry Caterpillar" necklace from beads. He is using his fine motor skills to string the necklace.|
|Brittney counts out one red and six green beads.|
|Ella shows us her finished necklace she is wearing.|
Week of the Young Child April 17, 2013
The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention to the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet their needs.
|The children have been excited all week to explore Dr. Seuss and friends.|
|The children work together on the rug to put together the large floor puzzle.|
|Doing puzzles work the spatial relations in the brain .|
|After reading the Cat in the Hat, we learned the AT family word group|
|See how excited they are!!!|
|Danielle is writing the sight word and reading them to the teacher|
|Not only are we reading the AT family sight words we are writing them too|
|Look at them now!!! We are very proud of them!!|
|All of these skills are pre-reading and math skills.|
April 4, 2013 Look at us now!!!!!
The Elephant class took advantage of the beautiful Florida Day
|Brittney is on the log balance beam|
|This is form of balancing is called "Dynamic."|
|"Dynamic balance" refers to moving across a balance beam.|
|Look how high I can jump now.|
|Jumping is a feel good activity.|
|It awakens the body and the brain.|
|Balancing makes Aden smile|
|Danielle soars through the air.|
|Jumping improves your child's attention span.|
|Jumping is an activity we can do with our friends.|
Getting Ready For the Mock Seder
|The Elephant class is practicing how to jump like frogs.|
|Pharaoh is telling them I will not let you go.|
|Moses and Pharaoh join together for one moment of peaceful negotiating.|
|The children are lending helping hands|
|This slave brought her Grandma to the mock Seder.|
|These slaves are getting ready for the Seder.|
|Brittney meets up with Pharaoh.|
|The slaves are still smiling.|
|Danielle brings her family to sing at the Seder|
|The children are singing "Baby Moses".|
Mad Science March 12, 2013
In Mad Science today we explored the topic of Measurement!
|In Mad Science this week we learned how we can measure.|
|Ms. Michelle asked the question, which one is greater? 5 golf balls or 10 balls?|
|Samuel was very interested in measuring the size of his foot with the 12 inch ruler.|