All Roads Lead to Ladybug

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Welcome back world travelers! This week we explored some useful directions with the help of our handy dandy compass! We learned that the compass had so many different educational aspects to it such as letters, shapes, and of course what it is actually used for!

                          We may have favored some directions for obvious reasons...

                          We may have favored some directions for obvious reasons...

                                                   But we started to get the hang of it!

                                                   But we started to get the hang of it!

Through song and movement we began to perceive the meaning of north, south, east and west. This was also an opportunity to touch upon left and right (still getting there). The ladybug's absolutely love when I position them on the rug, just look at their faces! This was our attempt at a human/ladybug compass!

We may have been skeptical at first about this so-called compass...in fact it looked just like the clock on Big Ben's tower! But we figured out that one defining feature is that the compass has letters as opposed to a clock's numbers. It was a lot of fun designing our own compasses with handmade letters to symbolize the directions! We also got a lot of practice shaping the letters N, S, E , and W. Tactile play always makes a lasting mark!

                                                         Hmmm, where to start?

                                                         Hmmm, where to start?

                                                Wow! It it an "N" for north, or "S" for south?

                                                Wow! It it an "N" for north, or "S" for south?

A whole new world: and a messy one at that! Ever since we began traveling the world, the children have been pointing out our planet every chance they get- whether it's in book pages or our highly favored classroom globe. Since mess and planet Earth peaks their interest, why not combine them and make paper mache globes using balloons! Final products to come soon!

                                                            Let's get messy!

                                                            Let's get messy!

                             Some of us had our doubts about this foreign mixture...

                             Some of us had our doubts about this foreign mixture...

                                              You mean we can't just keep the balloons?

                                              You mean we can't just keep the balloons?

                                                         And some of us jumped right in!

                                                         And some of us jumped right in!

       We interrupt your scheduled weekly blog to share some snowy moments. Too cute not to post!

 

 

 

 

We spent some time using our moral compass this week too. With MLK day upon us, I felt it was important to teach about the inspiring leader who shaped so much of the world for us today. Many of the rules we exhibit and follow day to day in our classroom stem from his powerful and inspiring message. Even though we spent a short time on this mini-unit, I saw the impression it left on our ladybugs and I was so proud to see and hear what they had taken away from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s movement. We brainstormed, discussed, sorted, and role played ways in which we can make the world a better place. Despite many of their initial answers to the question, we concluded that not all heroes wear capes indeed. 

                                                      Let there be peace on Earth!

                                                      Let there be peace on Earth!

                                              Sorting out ways we can be kind 

                                              Sorting out ways we can be kind 

                                        We learn so much through informational books

                                        We learn so much through informational books

On our theme of travel, we transported ourselves to our favorite community garden in search of some wintery finds! Farmer Fred helped us conduct a scavenger hunt which brought something else to our attention. Our beloved garden was scattered with unsightly trash! Luckily the ladybugs rose to the task of helping clean up. With Martin Luther King Jr. on our mind, we want to help make this world a more beautiful place through acts of kindness, not just towards one another but also towards our planet Earth. Take a peek at some of our volunteer work below!

Have a wonderful weekend and remember we will be closed on Monday January 16th for Dr. Martin Luther King Day. We reopen on Tuesday January 17th!

Keep exploring,

Erica