We had a puppet show about metamorphosis. A molting cicada and a caterpillar talked about life cycles and metamorphosis. The cicada molted, the caterpillar became a butterfly, and a good time was had by all. This was the year's final puppet show, which made some kids a little sad.
— Ogla, resident scientist
Literacy: We had a fabulous guest reader on Wednesday....none other than our very own M! He read A Bad Day at Riverbend by Chris Van Allsburg to us and handled the pressure like a pro. Continuing the Chris Van Allsburg theme, Miss Alicia treated us to a Read Aloud of Probuditi; it’s a clever story about a birthday boy and his very smart sister. Darling has five new sight words: ran, saw, she, soon, there.
—Christine, lead teacher of the Acorns Kindergarten class.
In Spanish, we returned to Donde esta el bano, patio de recreos, pasillo, y salon de classes. We drew maps of the school, labeled them, and used the maps to practice asking each other where things are. We will continue to use the maps next week. We have also been reviewing hola, buenos dias, como estas? I have loved seeing how the children are beginning to search their Spanish vocabularies to say things to me in Spanish. They are seeing that during Spanish class, I get confused and just don't seem to be able to understand them in English.
— Señora Alicia
In science today we talked about spring and what we think of when spring arrives. We talked about animals and plants coming out of hibernation; we talked about renewal and rebirth; about flowers blooming; bees, wasp, and termite nests coming back to life; and all the stuff spring brings. We also talked about how nest building and nests coming back to life was a big part of spring and we sat and looked at a wonderful book Rachel lent me called Animal Architecture by Ingo Arndt, a German wildlife photographer, which is full of photos of wonderful nests built by all different kinds of birds, insects, and mammals. To top it off, since spring is about new plants growing, we planted one sunflower plant per child in our garden.
Have a great weekend,
Alicia: In Creative Movement, we played Shape Museum and Sculptor. The children LOVED freezing in shapes while museum-goers wandered around making observations. They also loved carefully sculpting a partner to make a shape. This took so much concentration, not only to create a shape, but to also be respectful of their partners bodies. They did wonderfully.
We also read Snarf Attack by local author Mary Amato. The children have thouroughly enjoyed reading this book and gotten many giggles from it. I believe we have a few of her Good Crooks series books in our collection that I plan to dig out. I also plan to purchase some more of The Riot Brothers series so they can continue reading! We had some good conversations about how funny Snarf Attack is and how we are working so hard to learn to read so we can read books like that on our own!
—Alicia (co-founder & lead teacher of the Oaks)
We read Library Lil and learned about Hyperbole. We found many examples of hyperbole in our every day conversation (If I can't do one, I'll never be able to do any!). We read Bonk's Loose Tooth, from a series about a lovable monster named Bonk.
Today we put together our terrarium lesson from yore and our circuits lesson from last week and talked about static electricity and lightning. We talked about how clouds get saturated with condensation and it rains, and when they become thunder clouds they become charged.
We rubbed our feet on the rug and got shocked when we touched metal and we drew lightning going from negatively charged clouds to the positively charged ground, or person, or other cloud. We used static electricity to move some objects and lift some straws to show how negative and positive are attracted to each other.
Have a great weekend,
Amazing Acorns Math
We read Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina, and practiced addition, subtraction and sequencing with tiddly wink chips. Today we played a board game that required both addition and subtraction skills.
Each child has individual strategies for solving math sentences. Some are looking at the numbers hanging on the clothesline, some are using number lines and their fingers (which are always handy and available). Some are practicing mental math, some are crossing out or drawing dots. It all works. I’ve told the children that there are many methods to finding the right answer and I’m encouraging the children to use several strategies so that they are comfortable with variations. These kids rock!
— Ms. Christine
We are having a ball learning about Mo Willems and reading his books.