We started a unit on our faces. It started out with drawing a self portrait. We also answered some questions about our face and features.
Next we put paint on our hands and chose a skin color to paint our faces, then we painted our features onto our faces.
The next step is that we are making our faces out of clay. We talked about how it feels kind of like play dough. A lot of children thought it felt cold. We talked about what shapes our different features are. We used different techniques to construct the faces. We used a garlic press for hair, rolled clay into snakes for eye brows, mouths and some times eyes and noses too. We also shaped clay into balls and triangles for other parts like noses, ears, mouths and eyes.
We are letting them air dry and then we will take them to the kiln to be fired. When they come back, we will paint them.
We have been waiting for the chick eggs to hatch so we have been studying about birds. We did an experiment with different utensils and read a book that shows the different kinds of beaks that birds have and what they pick up and eat with their unique beaks. Insert 1945, 1953.
We took apart nests and then we built our own nests. We used grass, moss, sticks and straw. Before we took them home, we got to choose two eggs to put in our nests.
We have been taking trips down the hall to check on the eggs in the incubator several times while we have been waiting for them to hatch. We have been reading stories and singing songs about eggs and chickens. We got to watch them hatching and coming out of the shells last week. Now we will wait patiently for our turn to hold them.
We are very excited as most of the caterpillars have gone up into their chrysalises. Now we are waiting for the butterflies to hatch. We helped with the parts of the story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and have been retelling the story on the flannel board. We have also read other fun books about butterflies.
We practiced recognizing letters of the alphabet and the first letters in our classmates names with the color alphabet game. We rolled a colored dice and there is a letter on each colored spot. We had the name cards and figured out who in our classroom started with the letters of the name.
The writing center continues to be a very busy place with writing letters to each other and to our family members. Even Suey, our parakeet gets a letter once in a while. We have clip boards with paper and pencils attached. They often make it into the dress up area and lists are made for many things like food to eat, or things for a party.
We had a surprise visitor this week. Louise, the guinea pig who lives in the room F has come to visit us. The children are having so much fun holding her.
We will continue to wait for the butterflies to come out and see what else spring brings to the classroom.