Thursday, May 18, 2017

Our Egg Centre

Our eggs have arrived and our chicken coop has been removed
because a disadvantage of using cardboard is that it does wear out.
Clea, the farmer, brought us four different kinds of eggs.
The colours are wonderful and varied.
As I put each kind in the incubator the children counted them.
The largest egg is the Copper Maran (dark brown)
and the smallest is the Leghorn.
It will be interesting to see the difference in size of chicks.
We talked about the incubator that keeps the eggs warm and moist.
 Then we used a calendar to predict when they should start hatching;
in about three weeks.
While we wait we will watch and play.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Cups and Beads

I was given these coloured plastic cups so I put them on a table 
curious what, if anything, the children would do with them.
It didn't take long before they were being pulled apart 
then restacked.
Then I notice this family had added a container of wooden
beads that were handy on the shelf beside them.
The child matched one bead into each cup.
Soon others were using the beads with the cups too.
 I love getting ideas from the families that attend
so at the end of the morning I left the beads out with the cups.
 I was able to observe children stretch the play
and find a way to make it a fun learning experience for themselves.
I couldn't have planned these activities as well as the children
created them.
Did you notice that all the children were toddlers?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Our Caterpillars our Here

Our caterpillars finally arrived and to keep little fingers busy 
(and not shake the live caterpillars)
I added toy caterpillars in the leaves for them to find.
I posted this photo for the parents to learn the different parts
and share that information with their children.
At the art table we made stick caterpillars.
First they need a stick and then a pipe cleaner.
The challenge is to twist the pipe cleaner around the stick.
We used the glue gun to fasten one end then the other
after twisting.
A pom pom for the head,
and googly eyes,
maybe a bead for a nose
and an acorn cap for a hat.
Two cute caterpillars ready to crawl home.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Tide Pool Investigation

Oh it was a blustery day to go to the beach.
But we were on a mission to answer this question.
 Last Friday I set up an ocean sensory table with just water and rocks.
I wanted to learn what the children know about tide pools.
And that is what brought us to the beach today.
It was very windy and even though the tide was going out 
the tidal pools were still covered.
We wondered if we would find anything.
So we searched under a lot of rocks,
and in little puddles of water.
 And we finally found some crabs.
This was a good size crab and he was ready to protect himself.
Even after we let him go.

Other treasures we found were...
A larger crab shell and one leg,
an exoskeleton,
tiny periwinkles,
live clams that spit at us,
a hermit crab hiding in his house, 
and a crab with eggs.

What started as a cold adventure with little hope of finding anything
ended with lots of ideas to add to our tidal pool 
back at school.