Friday, 24 April 2015

Sprouting Up!

Please be reminded that there will be NO AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES next week. There will also be NO SCHOOL due to the May holidays on Friday, May 1st – Monday, 4th.

If you haven’t already bought tickets for the Olivia musical, this coming Monday April 27th – Wednesday 29th, then you can still purchase them in the mornings and afternoons at school as well as at the door on the evening (provided it is not already sold out!!!).

This week started with a nice surprise – some flowers had sprouted up in our minigarden! The young gardeners have been so eager and they checked the sprouts an endless amount of times during the day. We had discussions about why some seeds are sprouting  faster while others are still sleeping and we came to the conclusion that one of the main factors is the amount of sunlight. So, to make our flowers and us feel more ‘shiny’,  everyone  made their very own paper plate sun. During circle time students sang the song  “Mister Golden Sun” and performed how the flowers are growing up towards the sun. It’s great to see so many great soloists in our class!

During story time Toddlers enjoyed listening to a story ‘’Planting a Rainbow’’ writen by  Lois Ehlert.

Our new gardening practise was to plant and observe how the cress salad seeds sprout – they already sprouted the next day so now we are looking forward to having a delicious and healthy garnish for our lunch next week!

Preschool 1a
During the week the preschool 1a students reflected upon Ruth Krauss’ The Carrot Seed book we read last week and we remembered to sprinkle the ground with water. We also agreed that sunshine is just as important as water and, so, we decided to practice our find motor skills by tracing large circles onto aquarelle paper, paint them yellow, cut long strips of yellow paper and pasted them onto the sunny yellow circle! So even on the days that it might be raining outside, our classroom is always enjoying some sunny weather too!

We learned about some of the differences between seeds, bulbs and seedlings when reading Lois Ehlert’s Planting a Rainbow.  Following this colourful story the students each chose either a freesia or a gladiolus to plant and water. In art class, with Ms Valda, we even made 3-D rainbows: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet.

We enjoyed observing changes that have been taking place in our grass seed egg shells pots (so long!), as well as the subtle changes that have taken place during a week’s time in the grounds surrounding the school.

Finally, all of us engaged in a collaborative are piece by colouring in soil sky and grass with oil pastels and the following day stamping colourful tulips with forks! Please come and see our rainbow garden on the display board by the Preschool 1a classroom entrance!

Preschool 1b
When we came back to school on Monday the children were surprised to see that some of the seeds we had planted on Friday had already grown some sprouts over the weekend! Every morning the teachers had some eager helpers watered the plants and by the end of the week a lot of sprouting up had taken place.

Some seeds however took a little longer to start to grow. The book The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss taught us that we need to be patient, as some plants grow very slowly.

On Tuesday the children in Preschool 1b worked busily on a sequencing exercise. They put pictures of a seed growing into a blooming flower in the right order. Not an easy task, but everyone gained an understanding of the sequence, or, could use what they have already learned to start to recognise the sequence.

This week we also talked about the fact that some plants don’t grow from seeds but rather from bulbs. We explored a funny looking potato that had started to sprout and planted it in a flower pot. We also read another colourful picture book about planting seeds and bulbs, Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert.

Preschool 2
We kicked off this week with Alexander’s birthday party.  Together we made a birthday card for him, sang the birthday song, counted candles on his cake and enjoyed the delicious Spiderman cake.  Thank you Alex for making this day special for all of us J 

During the week we took care of our planted seeds by watering them and observing them closely.  We continued to add drawings of our observations to our plant books.  When we shared our observations with our classmates: we discovered that plants have different speeds for sprouting up.  Some of us still have to wait for the first sprouts to show up….

When we were outside we walked around the school to see and observe the nature around us. We noticed some small changes in the environment since last week – it is all turning a bit green and the buds are getting bigger.

On Thursday we all tried our very own planted and grown ‘grass cress’ as a small pre-snack before lunch.  Some of us liked it, some thought it was a bit too strong tasty.   

All in all it has been a busy and exciting week again with much learning taking place through the help of songs, movements, observations and discussions.

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