This week we read stories about Chinese New Year. We learned that the holiday celebrates the coming of spring and and is celebrated with family gatherings, gift giving and eating symbolic foods and plenty of festive decorations including Chinese lanterns.
We also learned that dragons are a popular symbol for Chinese New Year. The children were interested to learn that people dress up in dragon costumes and dance down the streets in parades and some of the dragons are 100 feet long! We then made our own Chinese New Year dragons:
During music we discussed and read about percussion instruments. We learned that a percussion instrument vibrates and produces a sound when it is hit, shaken, rubbed, etc. We experimented with drums, triangles, maracas, rhythm sticks, tambourines, tone blocks and cymbals. Most children said the cymbals were their favorite although they were, “very loud!”
Last week we read, “Snowflake Bentley” and learned that no two snowflakes are exactly alike and saw some close up pictures of snowflakes. On Tuesday, our afternoon students examined some snowflakes with a magnifying glass and tried a snow melting experiment. We put snow in plastic bags and the children worked with a partner to try and melt it using their body. The children reported they were most successful when they squeezed the bag with their hands or stepped on it.
Our Friday students have been enjoying playing Sight Word Bingo and learning all about money! We are learning how to make change to one dollar.
Construction on bird feeders will begin this week. If you are able to hang your feeder at home make sure to send in your bird sightings!
Reminder: Valentine’s Day card swap will take place on Tuesday, February 15th.