To finish our project on community helpers we went on a field trip to the Rothesay fire station. The children got a tour of the station and even got to spray the fire hose. We had a great time!
To finish up our project on transportation we took a field trip to the Winnipeg railway museum. We enjoyed a tour of the museum and then explored The Forks.
For almost a month now we have been enjoying our new class pets. Stick bugs! We received them from another child care centre for free. The children are enjoying taking care of them everyday. They help clean the tank, feed the bugs and spray the tank to keep it from drying out. All the children have been participating and it's a great way for the children to learn how to take care of another living creature.
The Caterpillar group was in the mood to decorate some clothing that they had brought in for the Winnipeg Jets White Out. The Jets may be out of the play offs but the children still enjoyed decorating, even if it was not Winnipeg Jets related anymore.
The Lady Bugs had been collecting pieces for their guitars for a few weeks and were finally able to build them. This art project was inspired by the book "Gus and Me" by Keith Richards. The children were inspired to create their own guitars after we read the book together. The photos below are of the process in making the guitars.
On March 20th the children went to see a play of The Very Hungry Caterpillar at MTYP. This trip ties in with the project of performing that they are involved in. They also got a chance to explore The Forks. Here are a few photos from the day.
What is in our blood? That is a question that the children had. I gathered red Orbeeze, white pebbles and white rice to use in our blood experiment. The children read through books to figure out the parts of our blood, as well as watched a few videos. Next, we added the ingredients into a tube and added water. This is what our experiment looked like.
The Lady Bug group has recently kicked off a project on Performing. I brought in a few books about all different types of musical instruments. The children got to look through these books and the idea of making our own instruments came up. We gathered materials such as boxes, paper towel rolls and much more to start creating. They made drums and shakers. Next, they wanted to set up a stage so they put one together in the block area. We all sang to "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" for about half an hour and then we moved on to "We Will Rock You." Who knows where this project will take us next? Stay tuned!
The Caterpillar group has embarked on a project about our bodies. We started off by creating a recipe of a body. The children had the opportunity to draw a body part or two on a big piece of paper. Next we labelled the body parts and it is now hung up outside our room. Make sure to check it out.
Next, I brought in a prop box filled with bandages, scrubs, stethoscopes, caps, surgical masks, slings and more to help extend the children's play. They set up a doctors office, waiting room and x-ray lab in the room so far. Their waiting room seems to be filled with patients who have broken limbs and the flu. The children had a few questions about going to the hospital so I decided to bring in a special guest. Jen is a nurse who also happens to be a parent of a child in the program. She came in to talk to the children about her job and what she does. She brought in her doll and showed the children how she helps other children at the hospital. We are very grateful to have had Jen come in to talk to the children. It inspired the children even more. Thanks Jen!