Friday, April 13, 2018

Crepuscular ??

Today's challenge in mentoring:
you have 40 cups and 20 minutes to build the highest tower.

Challenge part 2:  combine your cups to make
a bigger structure.

The winning design used a circular base and ended up over 6
feet high.  The clean up was huge.
Crepuscular?  Our new word for the day.  It came up in our discussion of lions in Africa.  It means animals that are active at dawn and dusk.  We learn something new everyday.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Solar System

The Ladybugs and Bumblebees have been learning about space for the past several weeks. We learned about the asteroid belt, the sun, 8 planets plus 5 dwarf planets and the aurora borealis.  The kids painted and cut and dictated important information about all of these things.  They wrote a group book about Pluto (mostly 'cause they felt bad that it is no longer a planet) and also wrote a book about space that has been sent in the publisher.  This week they finally got to take home the books they made and they are wonderful.  We finished this unit of study with a visit to the planetarium, presenting what we learned at the school gathering and making a bead necklace representing the solar system to scale (thanks to the big kids for helping with that one).  This unit was so much fun and so much learning!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Science in the Ladybugs

Stomp rockets, lots of fun . . .
and a good demonstration of the laws of physics.

We only lost 2 rockets to the big trees and one to the roof.
Another opportunity for science exploration,
film canisters, paint and alka seltzer equal a chemical
reaction and beautiful art (and a big mess and happy kids!).

We love science fair time of the year!  It reminds us of just how much we love doing science experiments with our young students.  The excitement and ah ha moments of discovery are inspiring no matter how many times we, as teachers, have set up these opportunities for learning.  We can't wait to see what our Ladybugs come up with for science fair!

Friday, March 9, 2018


Writing a book...
is hard work and takes lots of concentration.
We started our auction project at Open Arts Studio, it's
going to be a winner! 
Building straw rockets with the big kids...
it's a fun way to demonstrate Newton's Law of Motion. 

Space provides the Ladybugs with lots of opportunities for discovery.  Little kids love the idea of space and learning new things.  This is the perfect vehicle for new vocabulary, math, and science.  We are painting planets and learning interesting facts about each of the planets and putting them in books.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Bobsled Races and Pajama Day

We used pipe insulators and figurines frozen in ice cubes...
to stage our bobsled races.
The kids figured out what elevation worked best to keep their
figures on the racetrack and to get their figures to the end.
Pajama Day!!
At Seabury, pajama day always comes with a read-in!
We love having the big kids come read to us.

Happy Dr. Seuss Day!


Friday, February 9, 2018

Community Helpers

Every child picked their own fabric for a new scarf.
One child's dads and grandma came in with the sewing
machines and helped the kids use the machines.
When they weren't having their turn at the machines, the kids
tried their hand at hand stitching.

What you can't see is that the Ladybug is pushing
the pedal on the sewing machine.
All those beautiful scarves needed to be modeled!

One of our parents is a physician.  She came to class to talk
about being healthy, what she does at the hospital and how
some of those bones fit together.
We even had a staff member who was an army officer come
to class to talk about the jobs in the military.
We checked out the new school being built in the neighborhood.
We looked at the tools and machines the workers were using.
Finally, at the end of the week, we visited the fire station.
We learned about fire safety and the jobs that the firefighters do
to help us be safe.

This week we have been so lucky to have many visitors sharing their occupations and hobbies.  We have had the opportunity to learn about sewing, fire fighters, military jobs, construction workers, and what doctors do in a hospital.  The kids have loved having all these visitors and the opportunities to see what these community helpers do to help all of us.

Crepuscular ??

Today's challenge in mentoring: you have 40 cups and 20 minutes to build the highest tower. Challenge part 2:  combine y...