The children were busy welcoming in spring by raking up the leaves and sticks all over the playground, golfing with the new golf set, digging in any dirt, mud, or sand to be found, playing tag, throwing and catching a Frisbee, and enjoying the warmer weather.
For Monday art we looked at some black, red, and white art work, then made our own, which is displayed on the classroom wall. These three contrasting colors make some bold pictures.
We wrapped up our study of amphibians by reading about salamanders and newts. We enjoyed the story The Salamander Room, about a little boy who brings home a salamander to live in his bedroom and his plan to bring in leaves and trees to make the salamander feel at home.
On Thursday we explored string instruments. We looked at a guitar and a violin and took turns plucking the strings. We learned that string instruments are played by bowing or plucking, and include instruments such as guitars, violins, ukuleles, and harps. Kelly brought her guitar and she played and sang some songs for us, and introduced us to some of the different parts of a guitar.
We had a funny, furry, black visitor Thursday morning named Willow. She was curious about our classroom, and the children were all thrilled to play with, hold, and pet her. She was so soft and snuggly! Thank you Shannon family for bringing her in!
In the sensory table there was soapy water and lots of fun water tools. The children enjoyed washing, pouring, squirting, stirring, beating, and whipping up bubbles.
For science Friday students explored ice and ice melt in water. In the morning we placed ice cubes in a container of water and marked the water line. We made predictions about what might happen to the water line as the ice melted. We observed that the ice floated just below the surface of the water, and a little bit of it stuck out. We also filled a cup with water and marked the water line, then put it in the freezer. At the end of the day, we observed that the water line had not changed as the ice in the water melted. We also observed that the water in the cup expanded as it froze, and the water line went up.
Next week we will begin to learn about insects.