Thursday, December 5, 2019

Seattle Field Trip

The Ladybug and Bumblebees spent Thursday in Seattle. We saw the play Corduroy. We also spent some time eating our lunch outside near the fountain. It is always a fun experience taking "little" children to the "big city". Our group of children were so well behaved in the play. I was very proud of their self control and proper theatre manners. There are so many reasons we take kids out into the world and expose them to different circumstances and surroundings.

Here are a few pictures of the kids in that environment today.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

5 Senses

The 5 Senses

   The Ladybugs have been delving into the 5 Senses. The children have begun discovering how the   sense of smell and sight work. They can name certain parts and attributes of the nose and eye, and how our brain helps interpret what we smell and see. We've also explored how the nose helps with our sense of taste, and how our eyes can trick us with optical illusions.
    We'll be encouraging the Ladybugs to further explore how we use our senses in unexpected ways, what happens when someone loses one or more of their senses, how they adapt and how our 5 senses work together to interpret the world around us. 

   The Ladybugs have continued working with addition and counting by 1's, 5's and 10's, and are starting to journal what they see and hear. We're also discussing and recording what we're grateful for, and it's been fun seeing the children find gratitude in their daily life. This is a very busy time for everyone, but below are a few reminders of up-coming events:

November 26th: Thanksgiving Feast 1:30pm
November 27th-29th: Thanksgiving Break

December 5th: Field Trip to Seattle Children's Theatre 
December 12th: Field Trip to Tacoma Children's Museum
December 13th: Snowflake Breakfast  
December 18th: Early Release
December 19th-January 3rd: Winter Break

Friday, November 15, 2019

Beginning equaitons!


The ladybugs are beginning work with equations. We started with the idea of what an addition equation was- " one amount of something added to an another amount of something". Then we began to show examples of equations with the terms "add", "plus", "equals". We practiced with mental math, imaginative jelly beans being added together, we practiced with objects, and finally we began to practice with the students writing their own equations based on what their two sided  coins landed on. In the pictures below you see our Ladybugs taking these two sided coins and turning them into addition equations on their white boards. (i.e. 4 blue plus 6 red equals 10 total, or 4+6=10)
These children are really amazing!!!

The children each had a cup of ten 2-sided coins that they flipped out in front of them. They then made an equation from the amount of red plus blue.

Saturday, November 9, 2019



I Think

Spiders have spinnerets.
A type of spider has golden webbing.
Some are poisonous.
Tarantulas have really big webbing.
Some spiders don’t eat flies.
Spider land is near Mara Vista Park.
Some make white webs.
Sometimes spiders do gold and white webs mixed together.
Some spiders have gold rings around its legs.
They can trap from underground.
Some spiders eat butterflies.
Some are really, really, really small.
Some spiders spin a web, some do not.
Webs come in a lot of colors.

I Wonder

If they can fly from their spinnerets.
If spiders come in different colors.
Are there blue spiders?
Do spiders eat leaves?
If spiders have dots.
What do spiders like to eat?
Where can spiders live?
What shapes do spiders come in, can there be a leaf-shaped spider?
Would a spider eat another spider?
Are some spiders poisonous?
Can they make sound?
Do they make a high or low-pitched sound?
Do spiders metamorphose?
Is there a spider shaped like candy corn?

         I Discovered

Sea spiders are not spiders and that their legs help them breath.
Some people are afraid of spiders.
Goliath Bird Eating spider lives in South America.
Tarantulas don’t make webs.
Black Widows don’t live in Antarctica.
Golden Hunters eats insects and is one of the larger spiders.
Black Widow spiders don’t make their webs perfect.
Some people keep spiders as pets.
Diving Bell Spider eat in their bells.
The eggs stay in their diving bell.
The spider puts babies in their bubbles.
When prey comes to the Trap Door Spider, they get them.
Spiders run away to protect themselves.
When a Diving Bell Spider eats under water, the venom gets diluted. They eat their prey inside their bell.

   The Ladybugs have been discovering many things about spiders. We have been learning about the habitats of spiders, their life-cycle, the many types of spiders, and how and what they eat. Our journey through this exploration helped us discover the parts of a spider, how they capture and eat their prey, and how spiders are different from each other. The students' curiosity had us searching together for answers to the questions they posed.

   We have also been working on number identification, number sequencing and what comes before or after a number, counting by 1's, 5's and 10's, and comparing 2-dimensional to 3-dimensional shapes. The Ladybugs have also enjoyed learning to make words with the letter sounds we have been learning, and have even started writing some of their own words!

   It was great seeing everyone at the conferences this week and we really enjoyed discussing the progress we've seen in your children over these past 44 days. Thank you so much for your time and effort to meet with us. 

A few dates to know this month:
Nov. 11th    No School - Veteran's Day
Nov. 12th    No School - In-service Day
Nov. 13th    Picture retakes
Nov. 26th    Thanksgiving Feast at Seabury 1:30pm
Nov. 27-29  No School - Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 4, 2019


Halloween Week

   This has been an incredibly busy week in the Ladybug room. From exploring letter formation in shaving cream, to leading in the Gathering celebration with the Bumblebees, journeying further into the world of spiders, and celebrating the grand Halloween festivities.

   The Ladybugs have been hard at work learning about spiders and their habitats, body parts and other interesting facts. We have taken a poll of who is afraid of spiders, created our own spider art and watched how spiders weave their super strong webs. We'll be completing this unit on Wednesday and will soon be reporting on all that we have discovered.

   It has been an exciting few days here at school, and we hope you enjoy the following few pictures capturing some moments of the week:

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Pumpkins and so much more!

The Ladybugs have been discovering many interesting facts about Pumpkins. The children have spent time learning the life-cycle of a pumpkin, they can name the parts and attributes of a pumpkin and can tell you what "fibrous strands" are. They are remarkable children!
I have attached our class - I think, I wonder, I discovered. This is a tangible way to see how in depth your children are thinking. 
We want to push the kids to dig deeper and ask more and more questions. Questions lead to inquiry and inquiry lead to discovery. We LOVE this process!
Please also note that the Ladybugs are working very hard on number recognition, making connections between patterns and number sequencing, and creating shapes out of shapes. The words you can be asking about at home are: Hexagon, Rhombus, trapezoid, square, rectangle, triangle, oval, circle. Quite a few are even counting by 5's and 10's. This can be a fun car activity.


I Think
Apples and Pumpkins are similar but they are different in size, and they come in all different colors

We can make pumpkin pie, we can see pumpkins at the pumpkin patch

We can cut out faces to make Jack o lanterns.

Pumpkins can be different shapes and sizes, pumpkins come in yellow
Some pumpkins come in different colors

Pumpkins can come small, medium and large. 
I Discovered
The fibrous strands hook to seeds. 

The food for the seeds comes from the fibrous strands

Pumpkins can float

They can come in different sizes

There is pulp inside

Some are free, orange and light blue.

The seeds are about size of fingernails. 
Some pumpkins are yellow. 

Pumpkins grow on vines. 

They have long and short stems.

I Wonder
I wonder if pumpkins grow without seeds?

I wonder if seeds do not fall out when a pumpkin rolls?

 Do pumpkins float or not float

I wonder if pumpkins can grow in cold places

Can pumpkins grow in the desert

The Pumpkin Patch

The Ladybugs and Bumblebees worked together on dissecting and exploring the inside of a pumpkin.

Building is one of the Ladybugs favorite free choice activities. They are learning stability, gravity, the importance to a stable base as well as cooperative skills with their peers. 

Monday, October 14, 2019

Fall Has Arrived!


We have been discovering the many changes that are occurring around is as we study Autumn/Fall. Learning about the changes in the tress, the weather, the animals and of course, pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins all around us. Exploring the stages of a pumpkins and picking them at Wild Hare Pumpkin Patch made this week quite exciting! After we arrived back at school our Mentors helped us measure, weigh, and see if our pumpkins could float. All in all, learning the many things about Fall has been great!

We've also been exploring, comparing and looking at the attributes of shapes, the number of sides, corners and how we can make new shapes by joining them together.

This Thursday, October 17th, is Special Person's Day and book fair, a great opportunity to share our learning community with someone close to us.

The Ladybugs are truly enjoying our daily activities and are quickly discovering the joys of learning with their new ladybug friends. The pictures below capture  a few moments in our classroom. Hope you enjoy them!



Seattle Field Trip

The Ladybug and Bumblebees spent Thursday in Seattle. We saw the play Corduroy . We also spent some time eating our lunch outside near the f...