Sunday, February 28, 2010

Welcome

Welcome to our blog!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

- Thursday (March 4th) ALL children are invited to attend school to take part in the Skylab (planetarium) presentation from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. In addition, we will harvest our cauliflower plant and make roasted cauliflower pasta with the children and fresh baked bread. This will be offered at lunchtime but feel free to send a small snack or a regular lunch with your child in case the pasta doesn’t suit his or her taste. All parents are welcome and encouraged to join us for lunch at 11:30 - please let us know if you plan on coming!

- Some of the staff attended a training workshop at the Presidio this past weekend at a school that follows the Reggio Emilia approach. As the director, I am very interested in most (if not all) of the approach, and am very excited to learn more and begin to implement it within the classroom. More information to follow. However, in the meantime, if you would like to look into this on your own, you can go to www.reggioalliance.org




Some of the projects and activities the children enjoyed experimenting with these past few weeks were:

- Overhead projector: Free exploration with colors and shapes. Some children placed transparent color shapes on top of one another to create new colors. One even placed a plastic lizard on the projector to see what shadow it created.

- World of Insects: The children have been very interested in gathering and inspecting all of the insects that we find throughout our garden. The insect that is the most captivating is the rolly polly. Everyday new insect houses are made from various objects and materials. Each new bug creates lots of giggles, squeals, and curiosity. The children want to create a rolly polly permanent house with an ice cream parlor attached.

- Creating patterns with fruit – this was a big hit that we will re-visit soon. We cut strawberries, blueberries, bananas, and Cutie oranges into small pieces. Children used wooden skewers to make patterns of their choice and then enjoy the fruits of their labor. A few students created detailed patterns and one student explored the idea of making a pattern out of only one fruit.

- Valentine projects: we made Valentines for each other as well as for the residents of Alma Via. When we delivered the Valentines we also sang a few songs. The residences all seemed to enjoy having the children’s visit very much. We will continue to make this a monthly visit on the 2nd Friday of each month.