Our little parade of the nations... America, India, Switzerland, Netherlands, Denmark, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Colombia and Sri Lanka.
What is a scientist??
We saw the reaction of vinegar and baking soda.
We made great observations and drew what we saw.
Bo's dad Paul entertained the Busy Bees with two of his favourite stories....
What is gloop?? A big question all the students had when the word was mentioned. Cornflour and water. I wanted the scientist to explore and not to be restricted to a small tray so we used the big tables to conduct our experiment.
Through this activity the students were working on their fine motor skills, social skills and their communication skills.
We explored the properties of gloop the way it changers from a liquid to a solid form. The Busy Bees added colour and then a bit of Vanila essence to see the changers of smell and colour.
Waht do I see??
We did an experiment using water, Sprite and raisins. Please do ask your child about their observations.
We always try to make a note of what we saw.
Yoga can help develop young bodies, brains, self esteem and emotional health.
Working on our thinking skills...
We use the speech bubble to express our ideas.
What does the brain look like?
We had a great story session when Joe's grandma paid us a visit.
Story time with Hanna, Francesca's sister from grade 1..
Fatima's story was about Ihsan's first day at school...
We read a few great books with Mr. Prewitt.
Ms. Laura Manni and Mr. Aquil-li Ruiz working with a group of students as to how they could be good observers and the way they could make their thinking visible.
Unlocking our brain...
Can you find 20 thinks in this picture?? What do I see?? What do I think??
Expressing our feelings...
What do scientist do??
The Busy Bees are learning how to be good scientist. They are using their eyes to observe, their ears to listen, their mouth to share ideas and they are learning to take turns.
The mood graph has helped the Busy Bees to express how they feel during the day and to understand the feelings of their friends.
Reading with my buddy and pretend play is a great way to share our ideas.
Using everyday material such as teabags in art.
Working on our fine-motor skills and numbers.
Painting with marbles which helped in colour mixing and co-ordination.
Life skills with Mr Pewitt
Having fun and building friendships....
We use play to express our feelings and ideas in order to come to new understandings.
Line of inquiry:
Communication through play
Imaginative use of everyday materials
Making good choices through play
*Open-minded ( I listen to other people and respect their ideas)
* Caring:(I care about people, plants, animals, and the earth. I help others, and I look after the environment.
Recognising the different "Feelings"
We focused on how our faces change depending on how we feel and what causes us to feel so.
Imaginative use of everyday material
String painting is a simple art experience that encourages children to explore and create with a different kind of media.
Using the water table to wash the classroom dolls while having fun with the bubbles.
Reading books related to the unit "Feelings"
What can I do with a roll of empty tissue paper??
What colour is a water melon??
We used crayons, dotmarkers, colour pencils and thumb prints to colour the big paper watermelon.
How heavy is it??
How does it smell?
How does watermelon taste? What colour are the seeds?
Communicating through play and making good choices
Caring for our friends...
Making new friends and expressing our feelings..
A dragon, a princess, a superhero, a fairy a firefighter and construction worker. When kids get into dress-up, their imaginations can transform them into whatever they want to be. They are exploring and communicating making sure that everyone is involved in their game. Dressing up as character from a television or movies, or one they made up entirely on their own, can help children develop creative skills.
The interacting walls in our classroom..
Our Inquiry Wall
Every child is an artist...
Morning meeting center
Invitation to draw..
Wall of Master Chefs
Plastic Safety Test Tubes
We placed a few plastic test tubes, a bottle of water, pippets and a few cups of colours. What do you think the kids did?
"I am making my water dance and can you here the sound of the water??"
"I am adding green why don't you add red??"
"I have filled half of my tube."
"I am mixing all the colours."
Colour mixing is something so simple but so exciting for young children. The lesson is vital as well, the basic understanding that when you mix two things a third new thing is created. We loved seeing what those little fingers were doing as they sucked up and squirted the coloured water in each of the droppers. A great fine motor skills activity.
Invitation to Explore
A simple magnifying glass will let kids get an up close view of the veins on a leaf and the details of a flower. It's also a great way to introduce them to items that real scientists use.
Ready to make lemonade
Lemons smell like hmmmm......lemons...
How does it taste?
Salt smells like the sea...
I like the taste of lemons!!
We are making sure that all the sugar is dissolved
Sugar, lemons, salt and water= lemonade..
We are using ziplock bags to mix colour and working on our fine motor skills
In the photos below, you will see examples of how stimulating learning opportunities are created for our young learners. You can see how the children are observing and exploring with the paint, paint brushes, themselves, and each other.
Life skills with Mr. Prewitt
It's not mine...It's ours...
Central Idea:Through exploring and communicating we learn to make sense of the things around us.
Lines of inquiry: Investigating the way objects work
Natural and man-made phenomena
Ways to represent the physical world around us
Developing awareness and safety through communication
Invitation to draw
Setting out a vase of fresh flowers with four blank white papers and water colours, is such an invitation for young adults to try their skills in art. Asking open questions, promote curiosity as they draw: what colour are the petals? are they the same shape? where is the stem?? is the stem underneath the water and how does it look in water? The answers are different from each other and this simple activity helps the children think deeper and investigate more.
Colour and light
We are experimenting with our overhead projector, combining colour and light to make things interesting.
Art inspiration with leaves
What are the little lines called ?? Veins. That sounds like planes.
Exploring colours in the Busy Bee classroom
We read the book "Little blue and little Yellow" and tried mixing playdough to create a new colour.
The boys pretended to be "Little blue" and" little yellow."
We worked hard on mixing the two colours.
The boys are using the magnifying glasses to make sure that every bit of "Playdough" is turned into green.
"Look my ball of playdough looks like the earth."
"Blue, blue, everything around me is blue!!"
A step further
Will it float or will it sink?
The Busy Bees are learning to ask and answer scientific questions by making observations and doing experiments.
- Construct a Hypothesis
- By asking questions and using their prior knowledge the children are sorting the pictures into two different categories. Things that float and things that sink.
Analysing the data and checking their results
Using different types of mirrors to see little objects
Is it a high pitch sound or a low pitch sound?
Story time with Ms. Clark
We are all lined up and ready to check out our books
Cooking combined with math and science
Happy birthday Ihsan!!!
Special helpers for the week
Responsive Classroom Morning Meeting is an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically. Each morning, we gather together in a circle for fifteen minutes and interact with one another during four purposeful components:
Reading the morning message
Choosing two songs
Sharing important events