We decided that we don't want to wait for spring! Even with all our indoor recesses and cold temperatures, we can spring spring inside! One Friday, we sorted and talked about lots of different seeds, and tried to match the seeds with the pictures on the packages. We took turns filling planting cups with potting soil, poking a hole in it to make a seed nest, putting in seeds, and carefully covering them with a layer of soil. We will take turns watering, observing, making predictions, and recording our findings. We hope this leads to rich investigations about farming and food! We have several farming experts in the class (like Dylan), and we are learning to be food experts by tasting different things more than once, and comparing it to tastes we already know.
Brrrr!! When we can't go outside, we bring the outside in! Take a look at how we started two different science explorations. One of them is our science centre, and for the next few weeks we'll be trying to heighten our sense of touch by closing our eyes and letting someone touch an object to our cheek. Here are the probing questions: What was it? How do you know? What are some words that describe what you felt?
We've also been bringing ice and snow inside, and finding out what happens when we add salt, sand, paint, or water. We tried different tools to see what would happen. We found out that if we waited a bit till the snow got 'melty', it is better for building! We learned a lot of things about the properties of snow, ice, and water.
Every week we are always excited about some aspect of our program, but this week we are SUPER excited about our Movement Centre! The physical development of children is immensely important to overall health and wellness as children and on to adulthood. Sadly, it's often overlooked and shunted to the side when our outside equipment is closed during the winter, when it's too cold to go outside, or when we can't get to the gym. But developing balance, strength and flexibility doesn't just happen on it's own! How do we solve this problem? By creating a classroom space for movement breaks that includes all the best elements for physical development. THIS is where most of our share of the fundraising money went from our poinsettia sales. We're so proud to hear children articulate what is happening to their bodies as they move, how it helps their emotional feelings inside, and if they NEED to be there to burn off extra energy. We are listening to our bodies, and giving our bodies what they need!
There are 3 main reasons to use this centre. Some children need a movement break. Some just want to have fun exercising their body. Some are sent there instead of a 'time out' (sitting quietly is probably the opposite of what they need). Some want to regulate their zone if they feel frustrated or angry and know moving vigorously will actually work to calm them down. Read below to see what the children said about their new centre! Their answers are completely natural and unscripted.