Weekly Notes for March 7-10, 2016

Weekly Notes for March 7-10, 2016

Weekly Notes for March 7-10, 2016   Monday:  AM:  We learned our new letter of the week -u- which has very few objects, but an interesting animal, the umbrella bird.  I confess I had to look this one up!  We do not have any classmates with a name that starts with -u-, no surprise there. We then reviewed what we have learned about reptiles, and I introduced a new reptile group, dinosaurs.  This is a very popular part of our whole zoology unit, who doesn’t love dinosaurs, right? I read a book to introduce the era and environment of these amazing creatures.  We looked at the diversity in their scale and temperament as we understand it.  I introduced the term extinct, which is, in my opinion, one reason all children love dinosaurs, they are big and scary but not alive anymore!  We also discussed the terms herbivore and carnivore and looked at their teeth to determine the diet of a dinosaur. We talked about paleontologists, and the careful work they have done to reconstruct dinosaur fossils to better understand them.  I then showed an opportunity for the children to practice the  skills of paleontology, digging carefully through a box of sand to find some dinosaur “remains”. I put together some models of dinosaur skeletons to examine as well as a range of other works to explore types of dinosaurs.   PM:  I shared a group of dinosaur puzzles and demonstrated tracing the pieces one by one to then color as they choose.  We discussed that we don’t really know the colors of the dinosaurs, so they can let their...
Weekly Notes 1/18-1/21/16

Weekly Notes 1/18-1/21/16

Weekly Notes for January 18-21 2016 Monday: Martin Luther King, Jr Day MOM closed Tuesday: AM: We had an early circle so that I could show the children our special art project for the week, painting a real fish in order to make a colorful print. At first the children were not so excited about seeing a dead fish up close, but their enthusiasm grew as the began finding all the fins and could make them move and identifying the lateral line and other parts they know. Over the next few days they will each have a turn to create their own beautiful print. This is obviously a time sensitive project and I will warn you, their work of art might be slightly aromatic! At midday circle, I showed the Power of 2 bead chains. This is an interesting work to learn skip counting, by 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, etc. The child chooses a set, lays out the chain, and folds it into the square form. They then count each bead and match a small ticket with the matching numeral at the end of each bar, and can then skip count by reading the tickets. I am always pleased with how popular this work becomes. What’s not to like, the beads are colorful and the concept is interesting and useful. Natalee then reviewed the Spanish names for the animals she taught us last week and then added 5 more. We even learned how to say farm animals in Spanish, animales de granja. PM: I first showed an option to record the skip counting patterns as they work with each chain. Using...
Here is what MOM is doing for October 19 – 23

Here is what MOM is doing for October 19 – 23

Weekly Notes for October 19- 23, 2015   Monday: AM: We started with our new letter of the week –f- and found many objects beginning with that sound. The animal is fish, and sadly, we didn’t find any friends at school with a name starting with –f-. Riley was happy to offer his dad’s name, Felix as a friend with an –f- name.   I next asked the children to review all they have learned about insects and was impressed with the details they know about this animal group. I then introduced them to the live caterpillars, which have just arrived. We have the opportunity to watch their process of growth and metamorphosis, as they become Painted Lady Butterflies. We learned the 4 major phases in their development and I read a book, which highlights the stages in their transformation. We also learned about the ladybug larvae, which have also just arrived. They have a similar process of metamorphosis, and I read a book about their major stages of development. The children are naturally very excited to witness this process. Please stop in and see our newest classmates!   PM: I shared a work to color and assemble the pages showing the process of development in the life cycle of a butterfly. I also shared an art project to make a butterfly, using cone shaped coffee filters. We looked at some drawings of a wide variety of butterflies and noticed that the color patterns of their wings are mirror images of each other. In this project, the children can color their “wings” with felt pens and then dip the...