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Kindergarten is one of the greatest journeys you and your child will ever experience. Our Kindergarten team believes deeply in a developmental approach to educating this age group and so they strive to provide experiences and guidance that will nurture our youngest students. A weekly Children’s Garden class allows our children to learn classroom group dynamics as well as science, social studies, and math concepts. Large and small motor skills development is a priority during class time. The Kindergarten team is always available to any of our Kindergarten families to add additional support.
March in A Children's Garden
This month in our classes we are took a closer look at the insects of Eric Carle's treasured stories. Beginning with A Very Hungry Caterpillar, we discussed the life cycle of a Butterfly and how they are helpers in the garden. We followed up the next few weeks with A Grouchy Lady Bug, A Very Quiet Cricket, and A Very Lonely Firefly comparing each story and how different each life cycle is. After reading about fireflies we made a STEM connection and made Squishy Circuits with playdough, a battery pack, and a 3mm LED light. WOW!!! Fireflies and bioluminescence are so much fun!!! Using the unique style of art that we noticed in each Eric Carle story, we made our own art using our finger painting to layer the paper to create a caterpillar. For another art connection, we layered tissue paper and sprayed with water the color bled onto the paper below, then once dry we cut shapes out. Finally, we will be ending our Children's Garden class and taking a closer look at the most helpful insect in our garden, the bee!!! What an amazing year of discovery it has been in our Children's Garden classes. Keep on Noticing and Wondering kindergarten friends!!
This month in our T3 science class we did everything BUBBLES!! We made bubble prints by painting bubble wrap! We discussed that a bubble is filled with gas and is the shape of a sphere! We blew bubbles in an experiment to make bubbles that are not a sphere (we couldn't!), blow a bubble inside of another bubble, and observed what happens when bubbles touch (it looks like a flat side). Finally we went outside and made very big bubbles using bubble wands, fly swatters, our hands, and really big bubble wands. Because we had great weather we could watch our bubbles float up, up, and away!!
Best Bubble recipe:
3 cups water
1 cup dish soap (personally Dawn works the best)
and for extra strong bubbles
1 cup light corn syrup
Going for a bird walk, try:
Great Valley Museum at MJC
Knights Ferry http://knightsferry.com/
San Luis Wildlife Refuge https://www.fws.gov/Refuge/San_Luis/