In the Yarok room, we are ending our summer with some high-interest learning and play surrounding outer space exploration and the atmosphere. So far it’s been a blast! 🙂
Monday: I introduced the area to the kids with two control panels and little else. We talked about what the kids would want to pretend in our space station and what materials we would need. Some of the kids helped some signage and pictures of planets. Our sensory table changed to some rocks and astronaut toys.
Then, we had a fun art class with Ms Beth and played in the warm sunshine. We read some books about stars and talked about our experiences with stars. It was a good Monday.
Tuesday: Today, I added a rocket, a mission control desk, and an Etch-a-Sketch (it seemed like a space-age prop) along with some goggles and space shirts to bring the dramatic play center to life.
Another warm day outside, but we continue to get out and play as long as there is a sprinkler to cool us down. After lunch, we read and listened to books and songs about the solar system.
Wednesday: With a few more pieces in our dramatic play center, like calculators and remote controls, our space station is filling out.
Before music class, some of the kids helped me paint a big circle for the sun. Then, the kids signed up to color the various planets in our solar system. We will display them next week outside our room, showing the size of the planets relative to the sun’s size. You may be surprised!
To test some of the power of the sun, we conducted an experiment using a muffin tin and seven household items- crayons, a plastic necklace, dice, an eraser, chocolate chips, marshmallows, and a piece of Bazooka bubble gum. The kids made predictions about what would melt and what would not. Then, we put them out in the sun during recess and watched. It was fun to watch what happened, and there were a few surprises. For instance, the marshmallows hardened, which no one expected.
Thursday: Today, we had a special program with Ms. Suzie about ocean animals. The kids had a lot of fun and were really engaged in her storytelling.
During our meeting, snack and lunch, we talked about clouds and why they are important to us. The kids had a choice to make some cloud pictures with cotton balls or shaving cream paint.
Friday: Today, I’ll add some headphones, pretend space food and a toolbox to our space station. We will do another sun experiment outside, this time observing how the sun’s UV rays affect paper by making sun prints. Hopefully, it will be a sunny day so we will get some clear results. After lunch, we will work in our spirals with the prompt “My favorite kind of weather is ____.”
A peek at next week: We will focus on the moon during lesson time, using a mix of fiction and nonfiction books to guide us and enjoy lots of science activities about the moon.