Learning Inside and Outside of the Classroom, by Elizabeth

The children were eager to share stories of adventures near and far when returning to school after the Easter break. They practiced writing skills, while writing journal entries, and then shared their stories with the whole group.  

Building on our exploration of seasonal colors, begun in winter, we have begun exploring spring colors.  

Some of the children have begun creating an elaborate small world for the class’ forest animals. 

We continued to construct houses using construction paper, and have the beginnings of a neighborhood in the classroom!

K and J collaborate to create a structure that stands up.  Here, K is reinforcing skills that he had been practicing before holidays, and J is learning and practicing new techniques. 
M, E, and C are imagining their houses and being neighbors.  C is excited to create a pool for her house!

We took advantage of the nice weather this week and spent lots of time outdoors.  This provides rich, authentic opportunities to observe and experience natural phenomena.  We made many exciting discoveries, first beginning in the outdoor areas that we frequent the most.  We have begun bringing paper and pencils, as well as magnifying glasses and reference books outside to study and learn about our interesting finds.

We found a slug..

A ladybug flew onto L! When telling others of what happened, she sang us a lovely ladybug song.

Inspired by our discoveries, the children have begun a field journal.  It contains photos of our finds, as well as observational drawings and interesting facts we have discovered in our research.

Here are some excerpts from our first entries:
C’est pas un serpent.
C’est pas un ver de terre.
C’est pas un viper… heuresement! (Sinon on l’approche et.. pah! À l’hôpital!)
C’est pas un anaconda… care les anacondas sont plus grand!
C’est un orvet fragile
C’est un lézard mais il n’a pas des pattes et pas de queue!
Il n’aime pas le soleil
Est’ce qu’on peut le toucher?
Il mange les insectes, vers, limaces, et araignées.

Ils sont brun et un peu noir et un peu blanc / gris
Ils sont un peu gluant
ça les aide pour s’accrocher pour manger les feuilles!
On peut les manger.
Ils ont besoin de manger les choses avec beaucoup de calcium pour avoir une coquille forte!
Ils mangent les plants et champignons

Les fleurs de l’ail des ours
On peut la manger
On peut faire la huile d’olive et manger avec des pâtes

They continued to look for and explore snails with Mélanie in the afternoon.  

But, animals are not only found in the forest, and the exploration continues with Laurence on a visit to the lake.
On a fait un trou pour voir plein des animaux.  On a vu beaucoup!

J’ai trouvé une crevette! Je veux la dessiner!

Please feel free to visit the classroom and have a peek at the ongoing projects!


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