Sunday, December 10, 2017

Happy Birthday!

We had a wonderful half-birthday celebration this week, complete with crowns and a reading of the book Ganesha's Sweet Tooth.

We hope you enjoyed your special day!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

December Biobuddies

Today was S.T.E.A.M. day with our middle school buddies, and everyone was up for our three holiday challenges.  The goal was to use found materials to design, build, test and implement.  Trial and error were key components to the process.

The first challenge was a winter tree using straws and Model Magic.  The structure had to resemble a tree and be free-standing.

Then it was time to design a dreidel. We had milk cartons, pencils, egg cartons, skewers and lots of tape!  The dreidels had to spin for 3-5 seconds as part of the challenge.

Everyone weighed and measured to check on their growth too.

We look forward to seeing our biobuddies in February again for a study of the circulatory system!
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Our First Skating Day!

Everyone did a wonderful job at our first skate this Friday!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Writing to Our Pen Pals

We are so fortunate to have pen pals right across the river from our community.  Each month, kindergarten students from Mounds Park Academy in St. Paul write to us.  Our students often receive a picture and a letter sharing something new from their pen pal's life.  This month, we decided to design our own snowmen and tell our pen pals all about them!  Maybe if we keep thinking about snowmen, we will get to play in the snow soon!

We cannot wait to put our letters in the mail tomorrow and see what comes back this month!

Goodbye to November!

It was a great week for getting back into our routines, playing, creating and exploring.  At the maker station, children were busy with ribbon, tape and found materials as they constructed gingerbread houses, purses, cards and more!

The puzzles inspired some children to examine the continents...

while others used our cool new gel crayons to create natural scenes.

Our sensory table this week has salt and glitter trays for tracing popcorn words.  Our new word this week was and; several children made their way over to the salt to explore its texture and create words.  And glitter makes it even better!

Our dramatic play area still helps us step back in time and use clothes and materials from long ago.  This picture seems to capture a mixture of then and now!

Some of us wanted to snuggle up to a fuzzy friend and read a good book.  What a great way to start the day!

Look for more posts tomorrow after our first skate of the year!
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Life Long Ago: Cornbread and Butter

As a culmination of our study of life long ago, the children made cornbread and butter--from scratch!

Adding the cornmeal mix

Adding eggs


Preparing the muffin tins

Pouring the batter

Then it was time to make butter!  We poured heavy cream into tupperware containers and taped it shut.  Then we sang the song "Shake, shake, shake, I will butter make" and shook the containers as passed them around the circle.

In the afternoon, it was time to try out our homemade snack.  Everyone loved it!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November Bio-Buddies

We kicked off our bio-buddy session today with bone-making using Model Magic and yarn for the marrow.  

Our kindergartners also had the opportunity to showcase their skills in using the Seesaw app.  Each one taught their buddy how to use the app, and their buddy helped caption and label their work!

After working on a bone, it was time to make an "x-ray" of the hand using cotton swabs, and thinking more about what our bones help us do.

Of course, we checked in to see how we are growing with our weighing and measuring stations too.

The bio-buddies even surprised the students with homemade turkey cards at the end of the day!  We cannot wait to see our bio-buddies again in December, when we will work on some S.T.E.A.M. projects!