Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summer Fun in June

This is quickly becoming a hot and dry summer. We are reguarly checking the
progress of our plants (science) and watering them. The children are starting
to have conversations about their plants and what they need to grow.

I took this picture because of how this child lined up his cars.
If a car got out of place he would put it back.

Water Day! One of the many highlights of summer at Endeavor.
The children play with measuring cups, plastic bottles, boats, etc.
As they play they are learning about many math and science concepts.

Below are pictures of our newest "toys".
We brought in logs that were cutinto circles and some thrift store finds.
The children are building with the wood much like they build with the blocks in the classroom.
The cooking materials we found at a local thrift store are being used as musical instruments and for cooking.
Can you believe that you can find these items in school catalogs? They are pricy too.
 He is making ice cream.
 She is making pancakes.
She is picking up a piece of bark with her salad tongs. 

 Our first all girl band at Endeavor Learning Center!
 They moved their "drums" to one of the logs by our fence.
They noticed the tins made a different noise than before.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Nursery Rhyme Lesson Part One

During the month of June we have been learning about nursery rhymes.
The lesson before this one was about gardening and I thought nursery
rhymes would be a good lesson to follow. Nursery rhymes are mainly based
on nature and child experiences...perfect match for our kids!

One of our first activities was making black sheep.
We sang 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' as we worked.

One of our next activities was making our own spiders. We used
play dough, googly eyes and pipe cleaners. The children
were able to choose this activity several times during the week.
We sang, 'Itsy Bitsy Spider' and 'Little Miss Muffet' as we played.

We worked with play dough again and made a black
bird pie. We counted the blackbirds as we placed them in
the pie. We sang, 'Sing a Song of Sixpence' as we worked.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Learning About Bats

We had a naturalist come in, Ms. Jessica, to teach us about bats.
She started off with a book, 'Bellaluna', about a bat who looses his mother
and lives with a family of birds. She gets confused with how she is supposed
to behave, but when she finds her mother she starts to learn about how
she is supposed to live. She realizes that bats and birds live very differently.

We are trying to hang upside down like Bellaluna.

We are counting how many fingers we have...we have the same number of fingers as a bat!

We flap our arms like a bats do when they fly.

Ms. Jessica lets us pet her bat puppets.

We play a bat game. The girl with the bat mask is pretending to be a bat trying to find
some bugs to eat. The girl with the blue shirt is the bug. She rattles a maraca so the bat
can try to find her.

Now we are making a bat house for the school. We all take turns
hammering in the nails.

Videos of our bat games.