Shalom and welcome to March! We had a lot of fun in February with our robot and scientist themes. This week, we spent the week playing and learning about our teeth, dental health, and dentists.
Monday: This morning, the kids arrived to find the beginnings of a dentist office where our science lab used to be. They got right to work, helping me organize the office, switching out some books to make room, and of course, trying on the gloves and examining our pet patients. (I didn’t want them using the things in each other’s mouths). The kids had a fun art project with Ms. Beth today when they created some silly Purim clowns. Look for them riding on the paper camel in the hallway across from room 101.
Tuesday: After introducing the letter V and lots of free play, I told the kids we would be learning about our teeth this week. As an experiment, we would see what would happen if we soaked some hard-cooked eggs in different drinks for a few days. The eggshells would mimic our teeth’s enamel coating. The kids each chose from Coke, root beer, grape juice, orange juice, red cabbage juice, or blue gatorade. My egg sat in a water bath as a control. The kids were excited to start it!
Wednesday: Music class was so fun with the Cantor today, as he introduced some new Purim songs to us.
We couldn’t get enough though, so I played our old favorite Purim songs from last year for them. This prompted a spontaneous dress-up dance party! (I really miss Abby in these moments, as she so loved a good dance party.) I wish I could’ve taken pictures, but there was no way to play the music and snap photos at the same time. In our meeting time, the kids gave me good reasons why teeth are so important- they help us chew and talk.
Thursday: We checked our eggs today, and boy, some of the eggs are really colored! Lily got to brush off her orange juice egg. Her egg had half juice, half water, just like Lily says she drinks with her grandparents sometimes. We noticed that it wasn’t stained, and what orange coating there was, easily was brushed off with a toothbrush.
The kids got very involved with some new magnetic letter tiles today- something about seeing them in square form gives them a way to line it all up in a pleasing way that makes more sense when spelling than refrigerator letters.
Eli and Lily were motivated to do many of my math and literacy activities around the room, while Asher and Avi were highly engaged in dramatic play and lego building. All these activities are valuable and promote kindergarten readiness.
Friday: Today we will make a list of what we can do to keep our teeth clean. We’ll demonstrate brushing and flossing on styrofoam teeth. We will take out our soaked eggs and try to get them clean, first using just a toothbrush and then using some toothpaste. Which stains will be removable? We’ll practice making predictions and reasoning why.
A peek at next week: This month, our dramatic play focus will be fairy tale and castle play. We will spend the first week building our class’s castle and deciding what props we need and making some props too. The letter W, I believe, will generate a good list- and it will be timely for us to talk about the importance of questions (Who, What, Where, Why, and hoW).