Today Da Un and some of the preschoolers made banana bread for our community breakfast tomorrow. It is vegan and gluten free and of course delicious. The children took turns measuring and counting.
Our preschoolers are learning about and using tools in their exploration and learning. Some tools require safety norms, such as using safety goggles when we are using the tool to break open the geode as well as caring for tools.
Today Sarah and some friends took out and explored our marble runs. Then some friends and Da Un used tubes to build their own marble run!
Exploring shaving cream mixed with paint-what fun!
Today Maddie T wanted to explore some paper she found, she chose the colors and then went to use it in her journal, Nell who was feeling a little sad at drop off was inspired by Maddie working on her journal and decided to join her.
Our Cave has become an integral part of our classroom. The children continue to work on it-adding to the interior and exterior of the cave and using it in their play. Friends are also taking turns napping in the cave-what fun!
This morning Daniel and Matias set up a drumming circle-and added shakers and other instruments-children, families and teachers took turns leading the beat.
Families, as you may have noticed the tops of the cubbies are used for displaying children work-please do not put stuff on top of our displays. Children's art work to go home will be placed inside your child's cubby.
The children are making mobiles to hang from the ceiling on our cavern room. We are using wood shapes and shiny gems. The teachers have introduced our preschoolers to a new tool -a hot glue gun-we are teaching them saftey in using tools as part of our classroom learning.
The children are provided with many opportunities to read books through out the day. We encourage their enjoyment of books and reading. Children read books independently, in small groups, with friends and with families.
The back room is being transformed as part of our cavern construction-the children are epaining the walls to add another element to the cavern room.
Surreal Collage-The investigation of Surreal Collages began last year when we worked with Omo (Kamara's Dad) on a math book based on our trip to the City's Truck Show. We were inspired by Nina Crews and added a collection of her books to our library. The preschoolers this year began by exploring collaging in their journals-check them out in the art room. Da Un displayed examples of surreal collages to inspire us. We have added Nina Crews' books back into our classroom display and introduced her work and the concept of Surreal Collage at Gathering. The teachers have added photos of the children, different body parts and magazines to inspire children's work.
The children became very interested in a new material in our classroom, perler beads. The beads are used to make a design on frame and then fused together with an iron. I am continuously impressed by how long they work on this and continue to go back to this activity. It requires patience and perseverance. The children have taken this interest and connected it to our investigation of surreal collage. They are amzing pieces of art, please check them out throughout our classroom.