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Halloween Math Fun!

On Halloween day we went around the SIS campus on a scavenger hunt. We went on a search for Spooky decorations around Jing Shan Villas. Every time we found a spooky thing, we checked our list to see if it was on there. If we found something that was on our list we put an “X” or a check mark. The children had a lot of fun..they had no idea that they were working on their mathematical data handling skills.

Earth Week

During Earth Week we read stories about keeping our natural environment clean. We talked about how keeping our environment clean, we can keep people and animals safe and healthy. Putting our garbage in the trash and not on the ground, is one way The Laser Bugs agreed that we could be responsible for our environment. We also agreed that it was important to keep our school clean. We decided to walk around our Mountianside campus to check for garbage.

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Robot Math

We got some cool old-school style robots, the kind that you have to wind up. We have been using them during math centers in a few different ways. First we must count and only wind them 4 times. Once the robots start walking, we either count the amount of steps that they take or we use rulers to measure how far they go.

Observational Drawing

From time to time we will give the children picture cards or subject cards from our games to draw. The focus in doing this is more about giving them new ideas and topics to draw about and less about fine tuning their drawing skills. Most of our drawing in the classroom is done from imagination and our own ideas. However drawing while looking at images can help develop perspective and practice with forming figures.

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Noticing-Recognizing-Wondering

Noticing- The Laser Bugs observed something different and interesting happening in their school environment.

Recognizing- They understood that this person was a member of our community and that his work was important.

Wondering- The children were curious as to why the gardener was fixing the grass. They stopped to ask him questions and discussed their theories on the purpose of the gardener’s work.

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Rose’s Butterflies

During the break Rose visited Ever Green Park. She brought her framed butterflies into show her friends. The children loved looking at the butterflies and came up with many theories of how they may have died and how they got inside the frame. This sharing moment became a great learning opportunity, we had many discussions on the children’s ideas and we did some observational drawing.

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Music Class

This morning we had a special visit in the elementary music room. The music teacher Mrs. Overlie, spent some time showing us different instruments. She also played and sang songs with us. The best part was getting to try out the instruments on our own. Mrs. Overlie took time from her busy teaching day because she knew that the Caterpillars have been exploring music and that we are making our own instruments.

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