Investigating plants Lucas: Why do we have to learn about living things and plants? Isaak: How do plants grow? What do they need?
We collected plants from our forest and investigated their parts and compared the different features. They were curious about how each part works and helps the plant grow. Isaak predicted that the "stems have have straws which drink the water all the way up". To check this theory we sliced open some stems and discovered that they were actually hollow inside. He then changed his idea and concluded that the whole stem in like a straw and that the fibers (I supplied him the term) is what makes the stem work. We also did a few experiments on absorption to investigate how root systems suck the water from the ground. During our walk in the forest, they observed that tree roots can absorb more water since they have much larger roots and they also began to wonder why trees are also plants and how moss roots work since they grow on a tree's bark. Next time we'll learn about leaves and conduct more experiments to answers our tree and moss questions.
Before we began our Yoga story of the day the children greeted the beautiful Spring sunshine with their gentle, yet energized breath.
I find Sun Salutation poses are the best to revitalize and refresh the mind and body. These poses are dynamic yet focused so provide children the space to be actively engaged and be in their own space while doing the poses.
Since it's Spring it also gives us the opportunity to pay gratitude to the morning sunshine and embrace its blessings as we think about the growing and changing that is happening around us
To continue the theme of Gratitude and Generosity, we acted the Lion and the Mouse fable using different yoga poses.
The children enjoyed pretending to be the irritated Lion and the scared mouse. We discussed the lesson of the story: that each of us is important and helpful no matter what size.
Then each child were given a task of helping me clean and organize the classroom. Some sprayed and wiped the tables, swept the floor and put the ma…
Last Friday the children walked to IGA and shopped for ingredients to make vegetable stir-fry. With a list on hand the children carefully looked for the things they needed at the the produce aisle. We had a great time shopping. The children displayed independence and used their thinking skills to identify/match the fruits and vegetables on our list. The story, "Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!" by C Fleming is about a gardener who tries to outwit bunnies and prevent them from wrecking his crops. So to solve this problem he decides to put up walls; wires, and trenches around his garden. Nothing worked; the bunnies still outsmarted him. In our grouptime activities the children talked about food sources, growing vegetables and the importance of farmers in our community. Some of us are city farmers growing things in our gardens but generally we all go to the store to buy the foods we need. Our trip to IGA was the highlight of the week. The children showed great responsibility and care as …
We found a log full of wood bugs and brought it inside to investigate further. We noticed the bugs didn't come out as much and some children thought maybe they were scared or not happy that we brought them in. The children also wondered about what bugs eat, the difference between bugs and insect and where they live. As the day went by the children noticed that bugs love plants and dirt. Some speculate they live in the forest because it has plenty of leaves to feast from. The more we learned about how they move and live the more curious we've become. We might bring in some stick bugs as pets for the summer time so we can continue to explore and learn more about these interesting little creatures we call BUGS.