Thursday, April 30, 2015
Look what came in the mail today! What was inside? We invited the children to write their guesses on the box.
"Books. Big Books!"
"Butterflies!" (Our painted lady caterpillars arrived by mail last year.)
We examined the box at circle. It was big, heavy, rattled when shaken, and arrived from Newmarket.
After discussing the children's many guesses we opened the box...
...and discovered it was a huge wooden train!
The children were so excited to open the box and build with this new toy. They had lots of ideas for how to share something that many wanted to use, and how to measure each friend's length of turn (e.g., create a sign up sheet, use the iPad timer).
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
This time of year reminds us of warm weather activities like going to the beach. Today at the light table we displayed a basket of beautifully coloured sea glass.
The children were fascinated by the shades of colour and shapes of the sea glass. They were drawn to creating with it and had some interesting ways of designing. Some children sorted the sea glass by colour, others did by size. Some created swirls and others created pictures. Some children even compared the glass to a puzzle and tried to fit it together by placing pieces side by side.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Look at the interesting object that was shared with our class today! An abandoned wasp nest!
Wow! The children were fascinated with how it looked and smelled. We displayed it at our science center along with some other materials - books, writing materials, and hexagon pattern blocks.
We also found a time lapsed video of wasps and bees making their hives.
The books also showed the hives up close and we learned about the lifecycle of a bee. They grow in cocoons like butterflies!
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Did you know the birds are singing today? Our children have enjoyed drawing on the new easel right at their height.
Ever since our trip to learn about maple syrup trees have been a reoccurring theme in the children's artwork.