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Fish Inspired Art with our Toddlers

The children have read books, talked about fish, looked at the colors of fish, and even gotten a new class pet!

We wanted the children to have fun drawing while experiencing the movement of fish, so we put our paper behind the projection of fish swimming!

Look how much the children enjoyed this part of our project…………..


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Tracking the Weather

Everyday we use our big calender to help us remember what day of the week it is, the month, date and year!

We start from the beginning of the month and count to the day we are at…

Then, each day,a different student gets to go up to the calender and cross that day out! We love this part! 😉

Since we have shown interest in the weather, we are tracking it everyday in class.
During the day we sit outside as a class and discuss what we see, hear, and feel.  We write and draw what we observe on a piece of  paper.
(Look at this drawing of sun and all of the rain we had today!)

Once we come back to the classroom, one of us draws the weather  for the class on the chalkboard!

 

(Here is a beautiful drawing of the sun, and we even spelled ‘SUN’ too!)

Our writing and drawing skills have really improved. This is a daily activity we do. Come check out our work being displayed in the classroom!

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Ninja Training

The boys in the class have taken us from knights and castles to Japan and ninjas!  Lately, the boys  have shown a real interest in learning all about ninjas.
We started off by looking at a books from the library.  We read about where ninjas came from, what they do, and the castles of their era.
We had group discussions of our readings to better understand what the children were learning and what their observations were…

  • “Who are ninjas?”
They lived a long time ago in Japan.-Preston
They were born in Japan.-Hendrix
They have masters.-Hendrix
Ninjas fight.-Christian
They are people who have swords.-Noah
Their are bad snakes they fight.-Sam
  • “What do they do?”

       They flip and “shing” them.-Bishop

They talk first and the protect the good guys.-Preston
Only knights train.-Preston
They train and than fight.-Bishop
They stand and wait for bad guys.-Musa
They flip and flip and flip.-Hendrix
  • “Where do ninjas live?”

      A dark cave.-Preston
   In a house that is blue inside.-Bishop

A dragon boat.-Sam
special house.-Musa
In Japan.-Noah
  • “What do they wear?”

Black!!

 “Ninjas do tricks to confuse their enemy.”

“The ninjas would throw dust and smoke than run away to make it look like they did magic!”

I began a conversation where I told them about  ninjas also doing magic tricks too! They were soo shocked and excited. We talked about one particular magic trick that they reenacted for each other to see!

As we talked about ninjas, we got into details about what type of house they lived in. After doing some research we learned they lived in a Japanese Castle!!!
This gave us the idea to compare the similarities and differences with ninjas and knights!!
I asked the boys if ninjas came from japan, where did knights come from?
Hendrix yelled out, “ENGLAND!”
We pulled out the globe to find Japan, England and the United States!
The boys did a great job pin pointing these countries by looking for the letters each country started with..

We compared how knights wore armor over their clothes while ninjas also wore armor but it remains under their clothes, so their enemy doesn’t see it! 
After learning many new facts about ninjas, we found a very interesting video on the computer that showed us the inside of a real ninja castle!
We saw many cool things that were made especially for the ninjas…

“A ninja who is training.”-Bishop

Ninja doing magic tricks.-Luke

“I saw the ninja disappear behind the hidden door.”-Sam 

“The big ninja was looking for the little ninja behind the hidden door.”-Musa

                                          


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Sir Ken Robinson Speaks on Cultivating Creativity

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rater than undermines) creativity.

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we are educating our children.  He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

Click on the following to listen to Ken Robinson speak about how schools kill creativity……

www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

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