Thursday, February 26, 2015

Walking Walking Walking

Today Pod A went on a walk outside.  We walked to the Dow building and went through the "tunnel."  We stopped to look at the pictures on the wall.  "That is a picture of space," said Carter M. "We have to make sure there are no cars coming," said Daniel

Have a good weekend!
Ms. Coomes
Teaching Strategies #4 Demonstrates Traveling Skills

Body Letters!

Today Mrs.Brisley's small group wondered what were different ways they could create letters. We can draw them or paint them! said Aya. We can also write them down or make them out of clay, Tony explained. After the topic was discussed the idea of creating letters with their bodies was introduced. Children got the opportunity to recall letters they were familiar with to individually or collaboratively create them using their bodies.

You can be the long part of the B and Aya and I can scrunch and be the other parts of the B. - Brooke

Although not all children were creating letters at the same time, they all had the chance to suggest other body movements to create the letters by observing their classmates.

Maybe if Makayla moved her feet closer to David's and stretches her hands it can look more like the letter M. - Annabella

Teaching Strategies Gold:
Objective 6: Demonstrates gross-motor manipulative skills 
Objective 11: Demonstrates positive approaches to learning

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Exploring Creative Art in Paper Plates!

Today during our small group, children explored visual arts using different types of materials in paper plates. The teacher provided materials such as paper plates, markers, puff balls, different sizes of papers cutting shapes, eyes balls, and glues. Children used the materials to create a variety of things using their own ideas. Children glued pieces of materials in paper plates and displayed their creativity. They made different things such as flowers, alien, monster, and so on. 

 Teaching Strategies Gold Objective #33 Explores the visual arts

Mrs. Adhikari

Glow In The Dark Fun

You got to take the flashlight away - Ty
1, 2, 3! - Marcilyn and Destiny
The Studio of Light went from having neon paint that would be fluorescent under the black light to having glow in the dark silhouettes. The children enjoyed this new addition. The children would place any of the objects that were available to them onto the glow in the dark painted wood. Once the children decided what they wanted to do they would shine their flashlight. The light would then "activate" the glow in the dark so as the children took away the light the glow in the dark would appear. Where the objects were placed children were then able to see the silhouettes from them. Although the room was dark the children were still able to enjoy this experience. Hopefully new objects will be added based on the children's interest to get more traffic into our Studio of Light! We are excited to see how this new activity will spark interest in the Studio of Light.

Let's put all the matching things together - Marcilyn

Teaching Strategies #28: Uses tools and other technology to perform tasks

Happy Wednesday! 
Ms. Roesch

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Exploring EHS!

Today during lunchtime some of the children had an opportunity to walk around the EHS building to look at the new artwork hanging in the gallery and to search for letters and numbers that they recognized!

"It looks bumpy." - Sarah
"The sun is over here 'cause the trees are brighter than the stream." - William
"It's nighttime; water gets dark at night." - Sarah
"We're as tall as this building!" - Alex
"I can see the little crane!" - William

"We're on floor three but this looks like the same place as two." - Alex
"Different people though." - Brooke

"I need a little rest after those stairs!" - Sarah
"Hey! That's Andrew's Grandma!" - William

"We were just way up there? Woah." - Alex

Everyone said that they had lots of fun but hopefully we'll still be able to go back outside soon!
Have a great week!
Miss Jones

Teaching Strategies Gold #33: Appreciates visual arts, communicates what is seen

Ready! Set! Action!

This morning in the Oak room the stage was getting a lot of use. The children used the area in various ways. Some acted, others sang, and a few told stories with props. 

 Savanna and Daniel pretended to be puppies. 

 Luke sang the Abc's, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and some other songs he made up. 
"It's a spooky dark cave....Rarrr! Spooky cave"

 Sumaya retold the story of The Three Little Pigs. 
"The big bad wolf! I'll huff and I'll puff."

Olivia had a teacher read her The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks. After, Olivia used some puppets to act out the characters in both stories. 

Teaching Strategies Gold 
#36 Explores drama through actions and language 

Stay warm! 
Miss Dawson 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Masks are great for Storytelling!

The Oak room has a new community project this week..Masks! This project is for the children to make masks that the whole school will be able to use either for acting out a story they have come up with on their own or acting out a familiar story they have heard before on the stage. Their are many different materials the children can use to decorate their masks, from felt pieces to buttons. Children were very interested in our community project today!

While painting her mask pink Olivia K. said, "This one is a Valentine's day mask, I'm going to glue marshmallows on it."

 "The blue mask is a snowy one. Their is brown snow too, so I'm making brown eyes."- Olivia K.

"Ta-da!" "Tiny buttons everywhere!"- Dominic

Teaching Strategies: The Arts 

I hope it warms up soon to enjoy the outdoors at lunch! Have a snuggly night.
~Ms. Bradshaw