"The child is in me still...and sometimes not so still."
Fred Rogers

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Exploring Color, Sorting and Patterning

On Monday morning, our classroom went to visit Mme. Marianne's Grade 4 classroom to see the murals that they made together, from the inspiration of "International Dot Day" and the spark of creativity! Very inspiring...our classroom can do something like this too......

The children have been exploring with detail about sorting, with rich discussions about same and different. There are many ways to sort and categorize materials. This will lead in nicely to our introduction of "Beautiful Stuff" later in October. More details to follow!

We introduced two new centers for arrival routines for mornings. The children are signing in for attendance with finding their name cards and spelling their own names. Several of the children are pleased to be signing in with their last names also. We have had many discussions about our names. I will be sending home a little homework this week about "your child's name" and how they got their name. We look forward to hearing everyone's story.

We have been reinforcing name recognition with many name games, literacy activities and self-regulation of their work day with name recognition for each child to find where they will be working by using the planning board.

We discovered this week....several things about color! We found out how purple is made! I had placed three primary colors (yellow, red and blue) of water with eye droppers and coffee filters out. As color was dripped onto the coffee filter, the colors flowed into each other. One of the children said, "Look, red and blue make purple!" At the easel the children discovered not just how to make purple...but green and orange.....and a color that looks black when you mix all the colors together, they said.

With that discovery, we moved forward to revisiting our recipe book to make purple playdough. We did an awesome job!

Here's our recipe:

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 tbsp cream of tartar
2 tbsp cooking oil
red and blue food coloring added to 2 cups of boiling water (Adult needs to pour water)
or you can add unsweetened kool-aid , as it adds color and smell

Stir and knead

Add more flour as texture needs. Keep in an air tight container.

Cameron's Johnny came to circle on Friday! What a wonderful time! The children were very excited! We learned that Johnny's guitar has 6 strings. And that the sounds of the alphabet are on his guitar...A, B, C, D, E, F, G. He had us listening, clapping, dancing and singing along. What a great visit!

Enjoy this site, to encourage your child's interest, excitement and hand development for print and writing continues! Have Fun!!!!  I just found it today....