We put on our scientist smocks this week at Nursery school and mixed some lovely potions.
It is amazing how many questions can be asked when baking soda and vinegar are combined in different ways. The children were very curious why the two substances bubbled and fizzed when they were combined. From this exploration, they asked "what would happen if we added sugar?" so we did! We saw that the sugar separated in one mixture, and when we added sugar to straight vinegar it took longer for it to dissolve than when we added it to plain water. So many questions for inquisitive little learners!!!
Last week we were talking about colors. Because it has been so cold, I brought buckets of snow inside and set them on the table with some small jars of colored water for an invitation for the children. They were all very interested in what happened when the the colors mixed on the snow. From this, we needed clean snow, so we took the colorful snow and transferred it to a bucket and predicted what would happen to the snow (melt and have - more water, less water or the same amount of water) . We wrote our predictions on the board and checked the predictions the next time we came to school
This week I invited the children to get creative with "loose parts", and create they did! We built towers and knocked them down only to build them up again in a completely different way.We made bridges and robots, wheels for cars and so much more all using tin cans, toilet rolls and wooden pieces. There was also a lot of exploration of paint making winter scenes with polar bears which continued into our Wednesday/Thursday circle.
Bubbles, balls, balloons, babies, books and the list went on and on this week as we explored the letter 'Bb'. The children had fun wih activities related to the letter B. There was balloon painting which we used balloons to paint, bubble wrap to pop, ball painting, and everyone's favorite...bubble volcanoes! take a look at the picture of one friend's bubnle volcano! The children are really getting into the routines at nursery school and look forward to singing our songs when in circle time.
this week we started on our letters of the week. We talked about the letter 'Aa' and the sounds it makes. Activities were set out on the painting and craft tables that focused on Aa's. During circle time we sang our welcome song which everyone is learning the words to and singing along. Stories we read had to do with letters and A.We read Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom and the children enjoyed shouting out the 'boom, boom' parts in the story. The other story we read and focused on this week was Alligator Baby by Robert Munch! We had quite the discussions about babies from the zoo. Show and share next week is all about the letter 'Bb'!!!
we have two weeks under our belt with the new school year and I would like to welcome all new and returning families to the program. We have been working on the social aspect of the program, making new friends, getting used to our new room and a new teacher. We have been trying to head outside to explore the playground and go for walks around the school while we can! I have lots of fun planned for the year!
It was a lengthy process, but they did it!!!
built a bridge. Well- the students did. All the loose pieces of wood came in handy in the construction. Have a look through the pictures to see what we did!
Thank you Loretta Turner and family for the wonderful tour of your farm on Friday. It was a rainy and cold day that some of us braved- and I am very glad we did.
Despite the cold we enjoyed seeing and holding the baby chicks (2 days old), picking chicken eggs, feeding pigs, petting cats, watching cows, following ducks, looking at the machinery and eating fresh garden butternut squash with hard boiled eggs for snack. All in all it was a great learning experience.
Making mud pies was a great end to a great trip. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who came along and joined the fun.
Nursery School Teacher