We have had a week full of springtime and Jack and the Beanstalk! The children are very excited about bringing the story of Jack into the space of our room. So far, we have a very long and very green beanstalk complete with tendrils and leaves. We also have a “tumble-down farm house”. The children thought it would be best to look at the illustrations to see what colors we should paint the outside and the inside of the house. So, it’s purple and turquoise on the outside and a lovely yellow on the inside. We will see what else the children want to make.
The caterpillars have arrived, so we will get to watch them prepare to turn into butterflies! Habitat came this week. They brought worms and bird nests. We learned some interesting facts about worms. They dig deeply during the winter and live in their tunnels. Robins patter on the ground so that the worms think that it is raining and come up to the surface. We have been trying to move from one side of the rug to the other without using our arms or legs! It’s quite difficult.
The children have been coming to school full of stories about flowers, creatures, blossoms and other signs of spring. Keep noticing! It’s such an amazing time out there.
What a glorious day! We stayed outside for much of this morning. We even had tunes wafting from the window and then a picnic snack. We also had some time when children could choose between being inside and outside. What a change from the cold and the rain.
Clara's mom brought in clay to make pinch pot cups with the children on Tuesday and Thursday. Everyone was excited to explore the clay and create something that could hold water.
Henry's nanny taught us some new parachute routines on the rainy day. There is increased interest in building with the wooden blocks. Kerry came in and did a Natural History project about water. She read a book and the children created a pond. Then they made a rain cloud (with a mop head) and blew drops of water with a straw. And we searched for worms in the yard.
Both classes experienced touch tank creatures (crabs, snails, sea stars, etc.) up close during New England Aquarium's Tidepools Alive! program. The Aquarium's traveling education program allowed our preschoolers to explore the textures, shapes and movements of different live tidepool animals. Engaging and fabulous fun!
It was a rainy, inside day. The Butterfly Class continued its conversation about seeds. We had a coconut, a papaya, an avocado, beans, sunflower seeds, grass seeds, pansy seeds, and carrot seeds! We got to taste the papaya and avocados. The children watered our grass and set the avocado pit up to see if it will grow.
Markers and stencils. Simple, but the Caterpillar Class put them out in the morning and the table was active. The kids amped up their interest and ability this week. We saw more pictures of families (those big heads with arms and legs) and detailed stencils from kids who like to draw and more free form coloring from kids who do not draw that often. Everybody participated- there is a point each year when drawing becomes social and conversational.
Henry shared shark teeth he found on the beach in Florida. Jeff Jam did audiation (singing ABC with spaces- every three letters are "sung in your head' to keep the beat) and this time they mostly got it. Outside there is plenty of chase and a game of baby birds that live in nests made of tires- they require lots of feeding.
Next week, a mother from the Butterfly class offered to do a special project. She is a potter and will bring clay and show the children how to make pinch pot cups. She will return to have the kids glaze them and sometime after vacation- they will have a cup they can drink tea out of (time for another tea party). She did this earlier with the Butterflies.