Category Archives: Science

So Much Learning Happenin’ in K

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So Much Learning Happenin’ in K

Lots and lots of photos… What to look for and ask your child to tell you more about:

Apple Tree Counting Practice

Seeds…How do they travel?

Velcro…Inspired by “Nature”

Play-Do Counting Practice & Number Formation

“Fairy Island” in the Outdoor Classroom

  • Building Fairy Houses and cooperation

A quiet listening moment at the pond-“Signs of Fall”

Pumpkin Jack and his seeds – The Cycle of a Pumpkin and counting 100’s of seeds

  •  There are 512 seeds to be exact, counting hundreds and ones

4 Winds and “Leaf Litter” all of those decomposers

Field trip to the Audubon “Critter Construction” and the cutest Beaver ever!

These children love learning outdoors.  They are our “Forest Children”

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” – Maria Montessori

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Apples, Pumpkins, Lake Day & Forest Friday

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I have lots and lots of pictures to share.  In Kindergarten we have been exploring the life cycle of apples and pumpkins.  We’ve been very busy apple picking, making applesauce, and carving pumpkins.  In addition we have also fit in lake day, Open House, & exploring soil during Forest Friday. Thank you for visiting during Open House.  It was wonderful to see so many families.

APPLE PICKING & APPLESAUCE…YUMMY!

 

LAKE DAY & PUMPKINS

What a wonderful day to be at Kingsland Bay.

FOREST FRIDAY FUN

Exploring soil & some unexpected discoveries

 

WE ARE THE COLOR OF SAND, TOAST, SABLE, MELON, ALMOND…

and we are super cute too!

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • FRIDAY, 10/7 PICTURE DAY
  • TUESDAY, 10/11 FIELD TRIP TO AUDUBON

 

A Visit to Barrett’s Pond

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On Wednesday we walked over to Barrett’s Pond with our 4 Winds volunteers.  It was a beautiful sunny day and the children loved being able to explore the pond and seek out critters.  They found leeches, minnows, tadpoles, salamanders, dragonfly larvae, and many other aquatic animals. We also saw and heard the resident geese.  We didn’t see them, but we were told that they have some goslings hidden away.  I’m betting they were happy to see us leave.  We made it back to school right as the thunder storm rolled in.  Perfect timing!

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Thank Yous…4 Winds and Mid State Animal Mounts

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Special Thank Yous to our wonderful 4 Winds volunteers: Jill, Jen,Val, & Bobby.  The kids have loved every minute of it, and have had some fantastic opportunities thanks to your dedication and time.  Thank you again!

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Thank you Cole Lossman for letting us borrow your beautiful mounted animals for our Fur, Fin, and Feather’s unit.  It really enhanced and enriched the learning for my kiddos.  They were able to see the animals they were learning about first hand and have models for their drawings and paintings. Thank you Mid State Animal Mounts of Bristol, VT.

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Local Fish Artist Nick Mayer VISITS

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We are very thankful and fortunate to have had local fish expert and artist Nick Mayer from Lincoln join us last week. His also talented wife, Ms. Amy, is in our classroom this year and she asked him to come in and work with the children. He spent a morning teaching us all about fish, what they eat in a pond, and how to draw and paint them. He brought with him a bucket of mud from the pond and we searched through it finding little critters that are fish food. Nick creates beautiful watercolor images of fish that have been featured in books, magazines, and on apparel. You’ve probably seen some of his prints hanging in local restaurants too.

Check out his work at http://www.nickmayerart.com

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Final Animal Drawings/Paintings

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The children are in the process of completing their final art pieces of our visiting animals.  They chose which animal they wanted to focus on.  Then they went through the process of sketching, outlining, and water coloring their animal.  They have grown so much as artists and observers during  this unit of study and their persistence is obvious in their final pieces.

Once they completed their water colored animals they started on the background.  They painted the animal’s natural habitat using tempera paints. They are going to be beautiful final pieces!

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Expert Groups

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The children worked cooperatively last week in their “Expert Groups”.  They had to decide which group they wanted to focus on and become an expert in-Fish, Birds, or Mammals.  Once in their group, they were given several resource books to read and look through. They took notes and discussed what made their animal group unique compared to the others.  Then the experts shared what they learned with the rest of the class.  Ask your child what group s/he was in and what they learned,

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“Who Cooks For You?”…(says the barred owl)

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What an absolutely fantastic day we had on Thursday!  Craig from Outreach for Earth Stewardship visited with his owls and brought along owl pellets for all of the kids to pick apart and investigate.  He brought along Chapin a barred owl and Carson an absolutely adorable screech owl.  The kids could barely contain their excitement and joy.

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