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Thanks Mom!

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We have been very busy making beautiful gifts for our Mothers. A jar of flowers to draw and paint, beads and wire and a piece of tile, that’s all it took. That and a whole lot of love. 












We appreciate our Moms and all that they do for us. If we could we would give you the moon or the stars or the whole ocean!  Sending all our love to all our Moms, on this day and every day. 





Our Solar System

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Our planet isn’t the only planet ....just like our house isn’t the only house in our neighborhood.  Our solar system was our next topic of conversation. One of the things we marveled at was how very lucky we are to live on this beautiful planet that is just the right distance from the sun to sustain life. 



We have a cool new solar system model that really turns that we used for the first time. It shows how the planets all revolve around the sun. We set out drawing supplies and the children became very interested in drawing the sun and all the planets. Some paid attention to size differences and order while others were more concerned with the colors of the planets. 











Maps

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We read the book Mapping Penny’s World by Loreen Leedy in which a child draws a map of their bedroom. We toyed with the idea of having the class draw pictures of their bedrooms, but wanted to have a visual at the time they were drawing as a reference. After reading another book,  As the Crow Flies by Gail Hartman that showed a map from a flying crows perspective, we decided to go to the highest point on our playground (on top of our slide) to get a visual as if we were a bird in flight.

After climbing to the top we asked the question, “If someone wanted to see what our playground looked like, could you draw them a map?” We started by taking a good look at the shape of the grounds. We noticed our playground is rectangle shaped, the same as the paper we were using to sketch on. While drawing we used the corners of our paper to mirror the corners of the playground. We pointed out identifying features (the snack tables, the big tree, the “boat”) to draw first and then filled in things in t…

Our Town

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House, street, neighborhood, town, state, county, continent and planet are some of the concepts we have been reading and talking about. It’s a lot for little ones to wrap their minds around. We began talking about these concepts by starting small, with their houses. From there, we discussed our street and neighborhoods. We realized that we don’t all live in the same neighborhood and our town has many neighborhoods. Our town doesn’t just have places to live, it also has places and things that we need and all share. 

We asked the children, “what are some of the places in our town?” We got so many answers! There were answers like the fire station, the library, restaurants, parks and places to buy groceries. We started drawing our houses and from there our town grew. Our friends got excited to draw some of the place we all share in our town. The roads and street signs came next because the roads help us get around our town. Some of our friends saw a need for trees and bushes because our to…

My House

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Before spring break, we were talking about insect homes. Upon our return from vacation, we started talking about where humans live. We asked the question, “why do we live in houses?” Our friends had a lot of really great answers, “we need to be safe from raccoons”, “when it’s winter it is too cold and we have to go inside”, “we don’t want to get rain on us”.  We asked what are the things that all houses have? We gathered all the answers, “roofs,walls,doors,windows”, and went on to talk about the usefulness of these things.


We set up an invitation to build a house with small blocks. One of our friends built their own house. He said, “my house is a long house, it has a hallway that goes to my room”. The houses were all so creative and different. Some included yards with houses for their dogs and grandparents as well. I guess you might say an entire family compound!  We spent time talking about the shapes of doors and windows. We noticed that most roofs slant but some are flat. Everyone seem…

Spring Celebration

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What a lovely day for a family picnic, a bit of entertainment and some garden planting!










Thank you to everyone that participated. It was a truly great day!


Insect Homes

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Since the beginning of the year we have been exploring the world of insects. Our class has been observing them, reading books about them, and drawing and sculpting them. We have been very busy in the last month learning an insect song to perform for our Spring celebration. Along with learning the song, each child chose an insect to represent and created a head band that reflected that representation. Each had the opportunity to closely observe the head of their particular insect. They noticed shapes, colors and details that were unique to each insect.      One of the books we read about insects was focused on where insects live. This gave us the opportunity to talk about habitats and homes. We asked the question,“Where does your insect live?” We set out to find out a little about where each of their insects live. Along the way, we started a few different class discussions about weather and climate, and reasons living things need some type of shelter. For our last project of our s…