Tuesday, April 6, 2010

March at Wellspring

The one hundredth day of school has come and gone this month. We celebrated by bringing in collections of 100 things and decorating the classroom with 100 streamers and 100 balloons (counting by 10s). The children compared collections and observed the difference in size and shape of 100 things. One hundred sparkling Popsicle sticks look very different than 100 pieces of rice, yet the children agreed that 100 is 100 no matter the size. The children began the month counting to 100 by ones and progressed to counting by 2’s as they hung pairs of mittens, socks, hats, and pants on the laundry line. The children counted by 5s in a circle using both their finger and toes. Lastly, they used the floor grids to count by 10s, 5s, and 2s well past 100.
We celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss with a month long focus on his books. We rhymed, sang, wrote books, and spelled all in honor of Dr. Seuss. We even made Oobleck and studied states of matter after reading after reading Bartholomew and the Oobleck. Special thanks to the moms who helped clean our space after this experiment!

The train trip to the Far Hills Post Office provided a wonderful connection to our community. With letters in tow, the children walked to the train station, boarded the train for the 8 minute journey to Far Hills, walked a few blocks to the Post Office, conducted their business, toured the facility, and then returned to school via the same route. When we explained to Postmaster Patty that we were tracking how long it would take for the letters to be delivered, she shared that the Post Office does the same thing. You’ll see our map on the purple felt tracking the letters. This trip and activity helped reinforce that Wellspring Community School is part of a greater community and maps can be used to find local towns as well as far away countries.

In the World Cultures program, we travelled to Gabon, Africa. Heather worked with the Peace Corps in Gabon and shared photos, music, and stories from her time there. Heather even cooked plantains for the children’s snack and many took the opportunity to compare them to bananas.

The children delighted in watching the eggs hatch and taking care of the baby chicks. Most children eagerly waited for a turn to hold one and refill the food/water. Thank you to Parvathi for photographing this special time in our space! We continue our weekly monitoring of the bluebird boxes in the meadow with hopes of observing nesting. Perhaps we will see some changes upon our return from Spring Break.

Did your child offer to make you pancakes during the school break? We read If You Give a Pig a Pancake, and most children learned how to mix and flip pancakes during nook time. If your child offers to make pancakes or help with the flipping, take them up on it. The pancakes were delicious!

~Anne

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