Saturday, November 18, 2017

Music Store

This week we visited a music store.  We got to see how they repair instruments, see a DJ in action and then try out some instruments.  This visit ties in with our Performing Arts program and gave the kids the opportunity to see instruments that we don't have at school.

Unit Blocks

If there is one piece of equipment that every classroom for young children needs, it's unit blocks.  There are so many benefits from using these blocks but here are a few:  teamwork, cooperation, spatial awareness, balance, trial and error (repair), imagination, patience, shape recognition, concentration, and planning.  Even the big kids like blocks!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Pumpkin math and science

Teachers of young children are always on the lookout for topics that will interest young children and provide a multitude of opportunities for math, science, inquiry, dramatic play and art.  Pumpkins fit the bill perfectly.  The children made tops to investigate laws of motion, measured and recorded the characteristics of pumpkins, tried a little pumpkin sink and float and played a pumpkin strategy game with the big kids.  We even had our own pumpkin patch in the classroom.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Pumpkin Patch!

First there was the bus ride . . . 
then the hayride . . .
chickens to feed . . .

apples to pick . . .

radishes to pick . . .
goats to feed. . .
and finally, pumpkins to pick out.

We had a wonderful trip to the pumpkin patch.  Wild Hare Farm does a tremendous job of showing kids around a real farm with crops growing and animals to feed.  We were so lucky that the rain held off while we were there.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Global Math Project

This week was designated the week of the "Global Math Project".   Classes were encouraged
to spend an hour investigating math concepts.  The Ladybugs and Bumblebees spent
an hour working on geometry, patterning, sorting, comparing sizes of objects and
addition equations.  Our goals of making math accessible to all ages, hands on and fun were met!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Apple pie

The first thing you need for apple pie is . . . 
a peeled apple.
It takes a lot of apples to make a pie!

Then there is cutting to be done.
Then we had to taste it.  Yummy!
We measured the peels,
sometimes the peels were longer than us!

Some of the peels were more than 100 inches long!
Apple prints!

Happy Thanksgiving!

From the Ladybugs to you, Happy Thanksgiving!