We spent the past week reading Jack and the Beanstalk and discussing seeds and beans! The children absolutely loved the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and enjoyed hearing the many versions of the book.
After reading Jack in the Beanstalk one day we decided to build our very own beanstalk in the classroom! We taped 14 paper towel tubes together and got to painting!
Then I took picture of the kids as they pretended to crawl up a beanstalk. Once we painted our entire stalk we put it up to the ceiling and then we put everyone’s picture climbing up it!
Each child colored their own “sprout house” and then we placed snap pea seeds inside of wet paper towels. We hung up our sprout houses on the window and everyone got very excited when we saw our seeds actually sprouting! We took notes and drew pictures in our learning journals of the changes in our seeds. After reading books about seeds and their growth we labeled our pictures with these science words:
- Seed, Sprout, Root, Root Hairs, Soil, and Sun
Today we painted flower pots and we will be bringing home our snap pea plants this week!
We have been working on these puppet box theatres for the past two weeks. Each child got to pick their favorite fairy tale and plan a puppet theatre inside their box. It has been a long process for each child, with painting, planning, prepping, and choosing their design. I am so proud of each child and how hard they have worked on their puppet theatre. Above is a picture of a Little Red Riding Hood story box, and below is an example of The Three Little Pigs.
Once each child has finished their puppet box, they will have the choice to act out their fairy tale in front of the class!
Above is D painting his wheat garden for The Little Red Hen.
We have also been enjoying this beautiful weather with lots of walks and activities outside!
We have walked down to the playground and visited the fountain a few times.
We have also walked down the creek and community gardens a few times as well. I have been trying to take everyone on one long walk a week.
We got lucky at our last visit to the community gardens. They had a huge rock pile that we got to climb and play in!
And of course our mud kitchen got re-opened for the spring weather too.
When we are at school, I have been trying to bring one or two big activities outside to enjoy. We mixed up our own batch of sidewalk paint and got right to work decorating Crozet PlaySchool’s driveway.
I am looking forward to our last few weeks of adventures as May approaches!