It was great to get back to school this week and back into the swing of things with the kids. I hope that everyone had a great February vacation. It sounds like many kids had some really fun day trips and wonderful family time. As many of you know by now I injured my self while skiing on vacation and have been limping around the classroom since my return. I was also out for a day and a half this past week resting my knee and heading to the doctor to try to get some answers. I don't know anything definitive yet but I hope to be back to normal soon! The kids have all been so sweet about my injury. I have received several get well soon cards and gifts. Their sense of empathy really shows when they know that I am injured and are asking what they can do to help me!
On Monday morning we began the week with some journaling, marble painting, and play dough...some good old favorites to start the week off right. We also had another great session of music with Miss Katie and then preformed a really cool science experiment. As a class we made water xylophones. Some of you may have seen them in the classroom but for those of you who did not they are a series of mason jars filled to in creasing levels with water. Students then added food coloring to the jars. Next came the fun part, they got to play on them with a wooden stick. There were some great observations about how each jar sounded different and why.
On Tuesday we began to learn about different animals that live in our area and the tracks they might leave outside in the snow or mud. We read a book with some information about some of these animals and then student made their own tracks by having their feet painted and stepping onto a piece of paper. It was a lot of fun not only to see how the students' "tracks" were similar and different but also to see how different students reacted to having their feet painted. There was a lot of giggling!
I was out on Wednesday but I was told it was a great day and that Miss Meg took the students on a hike down into the lower field to look for tracks. They ended up finding a lot of beaver activity and got to see what beavers can do to an area when they are trying to make a new home.
The final day of the week brought an opportunity for the student to explore an idea that many children love to think about. "What animal would you be if you could change into another animal?" The magical idea for being something other than what we are is so fun to explore with children and it helps build their imagination while solidifying the traits and characteristics of the animals in the world around them. Students were not only asked what animal they would be if they could change into a local animal, they were also asked the ever important, why? Be looking around the room this week for these fun projects on display
That's all for now!