Archive - September 2014

September 22-26, 2014
September 8-17, 2014
September 1-5 , 2014

September 22-26, 2014

This week, we continued to explore our relationships with the people in our family.

We were confident communicators as we presented our family picture projects to our peers. As we listened to each presentation we were respectful of the speaker and asked questions such as, “Who is that? Is that your baby? and Which one is your sister?” to further our understanding of each other’s families.

At the Language Center we observed and discussed photographs of a variety of families from different cultures; we explored the concept that families come in different sizes and compositions.

We used our imagination to create a “feeling face” using healthy foods such as carrots, pomegranate seeds, raisins, and seaweed. In small groups we discussed times when we were scared, sad, happy, lonely and excited.

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September 8-17, 2014

Inquiring into relationships: We began communicating family relationships and reflecting on the people in our family.

  • We sorted and categorized ourselves into hoops based on our family makeup. We were surprised to learn learn who had babies in their families, who was the oldest in their families, and that many of us also have a brother or sister.
  • We looked at animal families and inquired into their habitats and  how various animals care for their young. We collaborated with our peers to sort the animals into families. We took our learning further and decided to categorize the animals based on fur type, wings, habitats, and color.
  • We created works of art in which we represented each member of our family. We held very rich conversations about some of the special things we do with mommies, daddies, siblings, and grandparents.
  • After reading Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes we demonstrated how to be caring as we washed, dried, fed, and prepared the classroom babies for naps. We paid attention to make sure we were gentle.
  • We demonstrated our creativity as we completed our self-portrait face collage using recycled materials.

Reading in Multiple Languages: We were very excited to have Noah’s mother, Verena and  Arianna’s mother Anca come read in different language. Vera read a book in German and Anca read in Polish!

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September 1-5 , 2014

This week we started our first unit!  We are exploring and reflecting on ourselves, our unique qualities and what makes us special.  We have been inquiring into our abilities and how we can each use our prior knowledge and understanding of a variety of concepts to help our peers grow.

Language: We communicated our preferences and experiences with various foods, animals, and activities. We made our thinking visible as we created a sheet about our favorite things. After we completed our sheets we excitedly researched what we have in common  with each other, and verbally communicated our experiences with the items on the sheet.

Writing: We explored the lines, curves, and shapes found in the first letter of our name. After this exploration, we decorated this letter using pom-poms.

Art: We inquired into our individuality as we used ink pads to take our fingerprints. We used a magnifying glass to help us observe each person’s unique patterns, swirls, and curves.

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