Friday February 16, 2018

Pao de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread-without the cheese or eggs)

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Preschoolers reading in the cavern-Literacy-Socal Skills

Making Oobleck-Measuring-Counting-Solids/Liquids

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Performing Arts-Ballet

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Planning and Designing wood working project

Thursday February 15, 2018

Journal Work

Wood Working Continues!  Chldren plan and design prior to building.

Tuesday February 13, 2018

Banana Bread

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. 

Monday February 12, 2018

Oobleck-Corn Starch and Water

Wood Working

Friday February 9, 2018

Language and Literacy Development

Math-Shapes, Colors, Patterns, Measurement, Fractions, Addition, Subtraction

Thursday February 8, 2018

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!

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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.

Wednesday February 7, 2018

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.

Friday February 2, 2018

Crystal and Geode Exploration-We have started making our own crystals after we started exploring geodes.  We now have been able to crack open several geodes to expose the crytsals inside and have been making our own crystals using Borax-Check them out in the classroom.

Thursday February 1, 2018

Surreal Collages by Preschool

Check out our paper making documentation in our classroom

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The preschoolers documented clay tools, the children came up with the names of the tools based on what the tool does and then wrote the name of the tool.  Check out this documentaion in our classroom.

Wednesday January 31, 2018

Today we explored a new material-Engineering Mats to use with magnet shapes, the light table and of course we we cmae up with our own ideas-using them on the window.

Check out the inside of our cave!

Tuesday January 30, 2018

We have been adding shiny and sparkly art to the inside of our cave. 

More clay exploration

Friday January 26, 2018

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. 

Thursdsay January 25, 2018

Yesterday Sarah went to Home Depot to buy more wood so we could continue our wood working projects-Thank you Sarah!

Wednesday January 24, 2018

Our back room continues to develop and change depending on the children.  The children have created caves, rockets, houses etc...come and check it out! 

Tuesday January 23, 2018

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.