"Thanks Zack for lending the frogs."
Saturday, October 27, 2012
The children are very familiar to our continent globe but have not yet had the opportunity to work with the continent map. Some have seen the map and have asked why there are two Antarcticas. As most children are very concrete at this age, we present this lesson in a concrete way. The goal is to show them how the map and the globe show us the same thing, in a different way.
We made a small globe out of dough and then cut it in half.
We pressed the two halves of the ball down to flatten it out.
Here the children can see how it is flattened like our continent map.
The children all had turns taking out the continents and placing them back in the puzzle. You may be hearing the Continent Song this weekend. Also, many children have made continent stamp books. We have a stamp for each continent which they stamp on paper and color in the colors on the map.
This week the children were introduced to necklace making. This is an extension of the large bead stringing that has been on our practical life shelf. The children can really improve their fine motor skills and hand to eye coordination with this activity. The best part is being able to wear the necklace and to take it home!
Friday, October 19, 2012
This week the afternooners experiment with "gas." To do this we used a bicycle pump. The first experiment was to use the pump to feel air coming out. We discussed how air is a gas. Then the children put the pump in the basin of water to see how it bubbles when the gas comes out of the pump.
Another day the afternooners continued this experiment with the pump and balloons. After our experiments we write down our observations.
This week the children were introduced to our Botany Cabinet. This is much like our geometric cabinet as it has several drawers of shapes. This cabinet contains various leaf shapes.
We chose three shapes and matched leaves we have found outside. The children enjoyed learning the names of some of the shapes.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
This week we introduced the concept of Sink and Float. The children take various objects and drop in water to see if it sinks or floats.
This is also a multistep activity which involves putting on a smock, drying off each object after it is dropped in water and then classifying it on the sink or float tray. When done, they put all objects back on silver tray to prepare for next person.
To extend this activity the afternoon children completed a more extensive experiment on the same topic.
The second step is to rip newspaper and stuff it inside the pumpkin.
The third step is to paint the pumpkin on one side, let dry and paint other side.
The children then sew up opening and draw a face on the front with marker.
They are really enjoying this multi-step activity.
After the basket of objects was weighed, some children decided to gather objects from the classroom like color tablets to weigh. Some also made predictions based on what other objects weighed.
Some children then went on to use the sandpaper land and water forms to give a tactile impression and then color their own cape and bay.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
We have begun to study time in the afternoons. Using our special "Judy" clock, we introduced the concepts of an hour hand, minute hand and gears. Thus far we have started with "o'clock."
They decided to make a book and took turns turning the minute hand to go to the next hour.
They used the stamp to make a sheet and draw in the time. We stapled these books.
Next up is "half-past."
Next up is "half-past."
Cutting is so popular right now and many of our afternoon children (4-5 year olds) have decided they want to cut out more advanced shapes. Since we have been studying arthropods (spiders mainly) they wanted to make a black widow.
It was a challenge to hold the black paper together so it was cut on both sides but they all did it and then made red parts to glue on the spider.
They also cut out pumpkins, maple leaves and attached hands with a heart in the middle.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider) the children colored various pages with parts of the spider. We have been comparing these parts with a book containing photos of real spiders- up close.