In the Pre-K world, Miss Davis and I observe many ideas flit through the classroom. Some last only a few moments while others take root and grow. In the past month, we have noticed many performances popping up. We’ve seen puppet shows, dance shows, circuses, and acrobat shows. Intrigued by this groups’ drive to tell stories and perform, we decided to take a closer investigate how stories are made.
Using a mix of child-made character and setting story cards, the children worked with Miss Davis to create new stories.
Unicorn, Goat, and Gnome in the Woods
Characters: Unicorn, Goat, and Gnome
Setting: The woods
Unicorn is walking and gnome saw it. Gnome ran away. Goat sees the gnome and is afraid of the gnome. Goat tells Unicorn and Gnome to come back and try a hug. They are still scared. Pig comes and helps solve the problem by telling the friends to spread out. They spread out and they are not scared anymore. THE END
Unicorn, Princess, and Little Red Riding Hood in a Field on a Sunny Day
Characters: Unicorn, Princess, and Little Red Riding Hood
Setting: A field on a sunny day
Little Red is walking along and finds Unicorn. The Unicorn runs away because it’s scared and then finds the Princess. The Unicorn hugs the princess and falls asleep. The Princess goes over to play with Little Red Riding Hood. The Unicorn wakes up and is very hungry. Little Red Riding Hood and the Princess don’t know what to feed the Unicorn. Little Red and Princess decided to dig in the dirt and while they’re digging, they find unicorn food! They know it’s unicorn food because it’s shaped like unicorns. They go give the food to the Unicorn, and then they all play together.
We Can All Be Friends
Characters: Lion, Knight, Alien, and Fairy
Setting: The Beach (and Outer Space!)
The Lion, Knight, and Fairy are all laying on the beach when the Alien floats down to Earth. The Alien chases the others down the beach. The Alien hides behind a coconut tree. The Alien flies back up to space and gets everyone else astronaut clothes so they can all have a picnic in space. The Alien and the Fairy help everyone fly up to space, where they have a picnic together.
Finding this bone in the woods has led to much wonder and curiosity. Whose bone is it? Why was it in our woods? This week, we wanted to know why we even have bones.
HuM: Because when you don’t stand up, you don’t have any more bones.
SR: They’re a part of your body.
BW: Because we don’t wanna fall down.
KH: They help us not die and keep us standing.
IP: Help us not be broken.
EH: If we don’t have bones, it’s going to be tough to move.
MB: We’re humans. We need bones to be alive and maybe we’ll be a little bit alive.
MH: Bones are just a decoration.
GK: If we don’t have bones, we would not live anymore. They help us cook our dinner and help us get our lunchbox.
XZ: They help us be strong.
HeM: Not breaking.
MS: Make us feel hard.
AZ: They make us strong.
AH: To be strong and healthy. To grow!
We’ll have to take a closer look to find out more!
An unusual box arrived today. Curiosity and excitement are bubbling out the door and down the hall. What could be inside?
- A hamster in a cage, because I saw one once.
- A turtle because ___ put his finger in and he said something bit him. It must be a turtle.
- I think it’s a stuffed cat. Stuffed cats come to your house in a box like that.
- Glass because you said that it is fragile and can’t get hot or cold.
- A turtle because that’s what some other people said.
- A real cat. When kittens came to my house, they came in a box.
We tried listening to the box for clues. Unfortunately, we didn’t hear anything that might give us clues.
Everyone wrote down their ideas using one of our Feely Box Friday forms. The top says, “I think it is a________.” We use the bottom to write about what we actually find.
Finally, we opened the box. Its contents were not what we expected. Inside we found bugs! In fact, there were four containers of them. The bugs are very small and a few of the children were a bit nervous that they might be poisonous. I quickly assured them that I would never invite a dangerous bug into our school. The package also contained some white fuzzy things, two little Petri dishes with what appear to be seeds, and some sort of crispy, hard thing that reminded the children of a butterfly “cocoon.” I’ve set up all of these items in an observable space so we can keep an eye on them. Our little scientists are looking forward to watching this drama unfold.
The children were trying to figure out how they might convert our loft into a more comfortable spot for hibernating or adapting through the winter. A few ideas sprang forward including making a burrow under the bottom, creating cave walls on the lower portion, and making beds in all areas. While a few debated the possibilities, another group began scouting out the top of the loft. They explained that they needed to find materials to make a nest that they wouldn’t fall out of. Their plan was to create a nest and suspend it from the balcony banister. Thankfully, they realized the trouble with flimsy grass-like materials in creating suspension beds before any human trials were put forward.
Feeling that I might be able to provide them with some more safe examples of nest building, we pulled up good ‘ole Google images and perused nests of all sorts. Now our interest became more fully grounded in materials. Our quest to create the perfect nest began.
This project is not yet done, but if you’re interested in making your own, here are the materials we used so far:
- brown paper (grass)
- yellow paper (sticks)
- many colors and lengths of raffia string
- white and red Basket Box & Bag shred
We moved it into the box as none of the children have yet come up with a plan for “sewing” (their words) or sticking the nest together, yet. Although one enterprising student did suggest that I could tie all of the pieces together…. I think we’ll see if they come up with another suggestion.
A little while ago, we realized we had a visitor in our class. This little friend was attempting to pick out a lovey (we think?) Being kind hosts, we created a special place in our classroom for our visitor to hang out safely.
We learned that our new friend needed special food. Hamburgers were just not going to cut it. We also found out that it required hiding spots to feel safe and a small capful of water to drink.
Many names were considered including Buggie, Boogie and Spiderman. After a class vote, “Ellie” became the official name of our new friend. (Although many still call her “Buggie.” I’m including a picture at the bottom of this post, but I should warn you, if you are not a fan of spiders…..close this window now.
Ellie inspired us to find out what type of spider she might be. At first, we thought she was a Grass Spider. Then we realized that her abdomen is not the right shape. We’ve also observed that she is not making webs. Our current thought is that she is a wolf spider. If you have a different idea, let us know in the comments. We can always take ideas from “the experts.”
A few times each week, we go foraging for food for her. We’ve put in ants, mites, pill bugs (isopods) and unidentified teeny tiny bugs. Soon, we will need to let her free to roam before the cold weather hits.
An now……meet Ellie:
Last night, we held our fifth annual Pre-K Movie Premiere where we debuted the masterpiece: The Freezenburg Princesses. Our movie stars arrived in their fancy garb, walked the red carpet, had their picture taken by the paparazzi, ate pizza and popcorn, and even received their very own 3D printed oscars. We could not be more proud of all of the creativity and hard work this class put into this movie!
Thank you to all who were able to join us last night and to all those that made this fabulous evening possible!
Last week, a handful of the students transformed into architects and spent several days creating a city landscape in our block center. The city included parking lots, a school, an airport, a zoo, and of course lots of buildings! Each day, the students added more features to the city such as walls (to keep the animals from escaping), bridges, and more road signs. They also designed maps for their city in case it ever needs to be repaired or remodeled. Then, this week, one of the students proclaimed that it should be called North West City. Each day, the city expands and develops into a more intricate design.
The students have worked together to problem solve when the buildings have fallen apart, where to put new structures, and what to do when they ran out of blocks. The collaboration and synergy has been effortless and is proof that that our once young, wide-eyed students are now confident and ready for kindergarten.