Here we are in our 6th week of school and the beginning of fall! We have had a wonderful start to the year. The classroom is a hive of activity every day. It makes the time pass so quickly. Sewing, table washing, window washing, art, pink tower building, color hunts, puzzle maps, parts of a plant or vertebrate, opposites, rhyming words, animal families, sound games are just a few of the activities keeping the children busy in the mornings.
You might have had more questions at home such as, “what kind of apple is this?” or “where is it from?” Last week we talked about apple season! I love going to Central Market and gathering the varieties you don’t always see year round. We had Kanzi, Rose, Diva and Jazz apples from New Zealand. Fuji, Granny Smith and Golden Delicious from Washington state. Honey Crisp and Sweet Tango from Minnesota. Lastly, Pinata from Chile! Of course, we got to find each place on the puzzle maps to see how far they had traveled, then we got to taste them all! The Rose and the Sweet Tango were the favorites! So the next time you buy apples, let your child know what kind they are eating and where they are from. They make a point of showing me every day if they have apples in their lunches!
In the afternoon class, we have more time to go into depth with our studies. We started with Oceans and sea creatures. The living things in the sea never cease to amaze! So many incredible creatures. This is always a popular study and the children who got to experience the beach in the summer love sharing their experiences!
We then explored our solar system and it’s 9 planets (yes, we are including our dwarf planet in the line up). There is a song that gives a rhyme for the solar system “My Very Energetic Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas” which you might have heard your afternoon child say. They had a wonderful time making their solar system poster one Friday afternoon. The morning children have also heard the rhyme a bit and explored the solar system puzzle as well.
From there we moved on to the Earth and how it is actually made. We have been reading about different landforms (volcanoes, caves, islands, valleys, mountains) and seeing what the Earth is like if we could cut it in half. The Earth models the afternoon class made last week were great! I could tell they had all worked with clay quite a bit. It is not always easy to make clay into spheres, but they had no problem. Made my job much easier! Hopefully, the models helped get the point across that we have the inner core, the outer core, the mantle and then the crust. (They all seem to remember the crust!) They loved making their landforms on the crust, whether it represented an actual continent or they created their own world.
I try not to inundate you with emails, but I hope you got the email about observations. I encourage you to come, sit and enjoy watching one morning or afternoon! Your children are truly amazing! I will also be sending out the sign up for conferences soon. Please be watching for that one as well.