One major focus in the classroom continues to be on Mama and her babies. The babies are growing bigger by the minute! Over the course of the week, they have grown into their mature white and black coloring - looking more and more like Mama with every passing day and less like their "pinkie" selves from a week ago. Below are some photos showing the babies' changes and the children's interactions/observations of these changes. Also, I have added two stories from the past week. Take a look!
Mama and her babies
As the babies have continued to grow, the children have been closely observing them - making notes and drawing pictures of what they see. One interesting observation made by the children was that all the babies have different spots/patterns on their backs! We have collected these drawings and made a classroom book about Mama and her babies. The changes have been significant during this past week!
And now...their eyes have opened and they have become extremely active in the cage!
On Wednesday, Juliet got inspired to make "birthday balloons." She began by drawing circles and adding faces. She decided to make five because, "I'm five so I'm going to make five balloons." Then, Juliet needed to make five strings (the manilla rectangles). While drawing the rectangles and cutting them out, she explained, "Well, I made five balloons so I need five strings to hold on to all the balloons!" After cutting the strings out and taping them to the balloons, she went around the room and told others to come and see, explaining the balloons were for the surprise birthday party she was going to have that day. As children came over, she invited them to join her at the party and shared her balloons with her classmates. This inspired others to make their own party decorations and invitations!
On Thursday, Nigel and Cedrick spent nearly 40 minutes tucked in the cave, working together on what was to become a very elaborate DUPLO structure. During their time building, the teachers overheard many discussions between the boys and watched as the two systematically added and moved each piece until it found its perfect place. This is a great illustration of when given the time, materials, and freedom to truly engage, children are capable of amazing and thoughtful creations.