Today we celebrated our class earning 50 behavin’ ravens with a learning party! The kids suggested party themes and we voted on a favorite.
We began our celebration with creating underwater creatures. We were inspired by the book The Secret Seahorse. The kids used paper plates and made really unique artwork.
The kids drew a plan.
This week we visited Mrs. Schoelz in the library for our first Makers’ Space. Our lesson/activity/exploration was super open-ended and problem solving oriented. Mrs. Schoelz and I got to apply the “grandmother principle” and admire our little learners at work. I am so in love with the learning process Mrs. Schoelz used because it kindly put the thinking responsibility on the shoulders of the children.
We began by setting our challenge…making a tower that goes up to our waist using paper?!?!!
The kids were a bit surprised by the challenge but they naturally are not too burdened by preconceived notions about what is possible. They happily set to work after Mrs. Schoelz provided a few behavior expectations to keep the kids safe and focused.
Last we met our Behavin’ Raven goal of 21 and today we celebrated with our first learning party! Behavin’ Ravens are small slips of paper teachers pass out when they notice students following our school rules: safe, respectful, learner. Our class has learning parties when we reach our goals as a fun way to do projects and learn about topics the kids are interested in. I love digressing from our normal curriculum and enriching our day to day with something special.
Many of the kids are interested in space so that was the theme of our learning party today.
We began by watching a silly video of NASA scientists sing and dancing. We read a variety of fiction and nonfiction books.
We created our own fictional solar system.
Our name rockets soared to the sky and gave us good practice with counting, letters, and fine motor skills.
We are are cultivating our physical and mental strength through coordinated breath and movement. Basically we are using a very secular approach to yoga in which we concentrate on the movement and position of our whole bodies while systematically breathing slowly and deeply. We have learned the easy pose, mountain pose and volcano pose.
We are also working on moving from pose to pose slowly and purposefully. The children are building focus and concentration skills. It is interesting how through breath and movement our class finds these little pockets of silence that are anything but empty.
Here are the children using volcano pose to join hands and connect to each other physically and mentally. I wish you had been there-joy resonated all around us!
We began with a story about the 100th day of school and got all gussied up with 100 day ribbons.
We played a number recognition game where we colored certain numbers on our 100 charts in he shape of 100.
We made fruit loop necklaces-a fun way to practice counting skills as well as hone our fine motor skills.
We also made artwork using the number 100 and turning it into something else.
All in all a fun day of learning!