The kids were all EARS today while we learned about our sense of hearing! We started the morning with our usual letter practice before reading a book all about hearing. We learned that sometimes when people can't hear well they have to wear a hearing aid. We talked about the basic parts of our ears (outer, ear canal, and ear drum) and then we got to pretend to be a giant ear, ear canal, and ear drum while one friend pretended to be the sound. We took turns vibrating, just like sound vibrates through the air to our ear drums. Miss Nicole showed us a short video that she made with her second grade students all about sound and hearing.
We had two science experiments this morning: ear drums and glitter dance. First, we used paper towel tubes to simulate our ear canals and we covered one end with plastic wrap to be our ear drums. When we talked really loud or really close we felt the plastic wrap "ear drum" vibrate more than when we talked really soft or farther away. Some of us tried talking through our ear canals without an eardrum and we noticed that we didn't feel a vibration.
Can you see the glitter?
_We also experimented with paper cups that had plastic wrap across the tops. We put glitter on top of the plastic wrap and watched what happened when we talked down to the cup.....the glitter danced!! The sound from our voices made the glitter dance on our cups!
In the afternoon we learned about animal sounds and read Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Eric Carle. We drew pictures of what we can hear, made animal ear headbands, and tried to identify what animal sounds we heard from a special animal sounds application.
Today we are learning about sight and the parts of the the eye. Your student should be able to tell you all the outer parts of the eye and maybe a little bit about the iris and pupil too! We read the book Close Your Eyes by Kate Banks and used magnifying glasses to explore the classroom and get a closer look at some frogs and butterflies. We also used our eyes to play some matching games and practice the letter "E." Ask your preschooler what letter the word 'eye' starts with; it's tempting to say the letter I...
In the afternoon, we explored what it would be like without sight, blindfolding and guiding each other around the classroom. With our new-found appreciation for sight, we then experimented with colors and other fun visuals. Everyone is grateful to have their sense of sight!
We have started two new routines in our classroom this week. The first is a behavior chart with 4 levels- green, yellow, red, and blue. Everyone starts with their clothespin on green at the beginning of the day, but if they get a warning for not following directions or for being a bucket dipper, they may be asked to move their clothespin to yellow, which is a warning. If they need further reminders, they may be asked to move their clip to red, which means a time out, and no sticker for their bucket at the end of the day :( We have been doing really well so far and no one has ended up on red!
The other routine we have added this week is art portfolios. Instead of sending work home every day, we are going to put all your student's work from the week in a folder and send it home on Fridays. We hope this makes it easier to get all the awesome projects we do home!
Today we started our new unit, body & senses. We introduced the kids to the 5 senses and we talked about our hair (color, texture, style, etc). Miss Nicole even put her hair up in a funny style with lots of feathers. In circle we experimented with what happens when you rub a balloon on your hair. Needless to say, the kids were very intrigued! We also read the book, Crazy Hair Day by Barney Saltzberg.
For our letter practice, we worked on "h" for hair and some of us even took the super-duper-preschool challenge of spelling the word "hair." During art time we explored with textured fingerpaints. The preschoolers had fun painting and describing what the paint felt like. We used coffee grounds, sand, glitter, and fake snow mixed in with our paints to create different textures.
During science time we used sensory tubs full of water and soap to "make" our own shampoo in bottles. We added food coloring and scented oil to our water too. We got our hands sticky with writing numerals in hair gel during math time. Lastly, we played barbershop and hair salon with brushes, combs, and mirrors. We had a great day learning about hair and our sense of touch!