One of the joys of watching the kids play with same materials everyday in the loose parts area is watching their "light-bulb moments". Seeing their faces and hearing their "Oh my gosh, did you see what I just made?" statements is awesome to witness daily. It is amazing that after several months of having the same materials, they still manage to come up with new ideas on how to use the tires, boards, and blocks. The bridge they created weeks ago is still in place and they run to this loose parts area first everyday to walk it and see what else they can do. Above, you can see one of the students has elevated there bridge and has made it level to create a sturdier bridge to cross.
They add to their obstacle course all of the time and the older kids do a great job of helping out the younger ones in its completion. Above you can see a 5 year-old holding the hand of a 3 year-old as she jumps on the board. In the mornings the kids have some free time in our indoor centers while we are eating breakfast and for the first time they decided to build a tower as high as they could and knock it down.
One day we were outside and we were looking at the birds in the air and we spotted a Turkey vulture flying above. We talked about what a vulture was and what they ate, dead animals. So they wanted the vulture to come down closer and decided to play dead in the yard. It did't work, but it was a cute idea.
Carrots was our food topic this week. The kids enjoyed seeing the different colored carrots, as they thought there were only orange ones. They were able to touch them before we tasted them throughout the week in our snacks and meals. We talked about their benefits, how they grew, and used our senses to explore them. We also talked about birds this week learning about their parts and what makes a bird a bird. We spent some time outside observing, listening and counting them as they fluttered around the yard. One of the provocations this week was "Can you build a bird?". We used the Carolina chickadee as our model bird as it is a common visitor to our yard. The children took turns making their birds as the other played puzzles or looked at books. It was neat to see the kids go outside later and ID the chickadee as it visited the yard.
Lots of great food this week. We made sure to have carrots on most of the days of the week, cooked or raw, in our lunches and snacks. One day we had a vegetable soup that had 15 different plants in it. As we ate the soup we wrote down what was in it. The kids had fun, finding a new veggie for the list. After the list was complied, we counted together and were super excited at how many things were in our soup. Five of those items came from our own garden. One of the funny moments was when they were told we were going to be eating ants on a log. The kids all said, "Yuck, eww!". When they saw it was raisins, they were relieved and all started to laugh yelling, "Hey you tricked us." Many of them tried to trick their parents when they arrived at pick-up by telling them they ate ants through their giggles.