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…
Allye and Matthew noticed how friends are especially generous to one another. I thought what a great way to connect this idea to the friendship unit. We read a book called Camille and the Sunflowers a story of friendship and generosity between Vincent Van Goh and a little boy named Camille. As we read the story, the children noticed Camille's kindness towards Van Goh especially when he was being teased at by other children. We talked about how teasing might offend our feelings and how that sadness can impact our relationship with our friends. For our Art activity the children made cards with flower prints to give to people friends have been generous and caring to them. Most of them thought about their family and the generosity they've experienced like giving hugs, sharing food and time with one another.
These days people keep in touch with one another through emails, chat lines and other forms of social media. A long time ago the only way was to send letters by post.
The children wrote letters and dropped them off to the nearest mailbox. They were excited about the walk and predicted how many sleeps it would take till their letters arrived. We also sent emails to our families and they figured it would be a whole lot faster than sending letters by post. We constructed our own mail box and we'll be "mailing" letters to one another as each of the children take turns be the mail carrier of the day.