Friday, January 13, 2017

January 13th, 2017

This week, we learned all about the arctic!

But first, we learned how to read.

Starting with the __AT word family, we carefully figured out bat, cat, fat, hat, mat, sat, rat, and pat.  It was astounding to witness how well the kids did!

They worked on their take-home books...

...worked with the pocket chart...

...and worked together as a whole group. 

They were phenomenal!

This week, we also learned about the arctic.  Starting with Aurora Borealis, the children had an opportunity to examine many photos of the northern lights, noting their colors and patterns.  Then, they did their best to recreate it with paint.

Soon, we moved on to igloo construction.  After watching some experts, we decided we could do it, too.

So we did.

One significant obstacle my students have to overcome each year is how to construct the ceiling.  I'm proud to say that my 2016-17 class has outshined every other set of students with their ingenious plan to create sturdy beams, laying them across the igloo frame...

...and then piling cubes on top of the beams.  The plan was shockingly clever!

The finished product.

Afterwards, we reflected on what we learned about the Arctic for our science journals.

Towards the end of the week, we devoted time to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
It can be difficult to know what to teach preschoolers on the subject and, for this age group, we mainly focus on his messages and examples of equality and kindness.

We made one more take-home book this week

...and, using an opportunity to finger-paint, we also made lots of handprints for our handprint wreath.

Then, we reflected on what we could do to make the world a gentler and kinder place.

High-five, team!  We mastered the arctic, reading, and world peace all in one week.  
No big deal.

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