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Month: May 2012

Solar Systems

Solar Systems

 Today we talked about our solar system and the planets that it consists of. This video told us the names and sizes of the planets that orbit around our sun. After watching the video, we made our own solar systems.  To begin, I cut contact paper into rectangles and peeled off the paper. I put each piece of contact paper on the table with the sticky side up and secured it with tape.   Since the sun is the center of…

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Sparkly Stars

Sparkly Stars

 Now that we have made rocket ships, we need stars for them to fly around. I cut stars out of blue and yellow construction paper and set them out on the table along with bowls of glue and the leftover sparkles from Christmas time.  First, the children covered their stars with glue… … lots of glue! (It took days to get it all off of the table.) Next they added the sparkles. When the stars were dry, we hung Christmas…

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Emergent Curriculum in Progress: Building Rocket Ships

Emergent Curriculum in Progress: Building Rocket Ships

 Last week we had a great example of how emergent curriculum works. One morning, while I observed some of the children building in the block area, one of the boys said, “Miss Bridget, look. I made a rocket ship!”  I asked him where his rocket ship was going and he told me it was going to space. As we talked about the rocket, I explained how there is a countdown before a rocket blasts off. We counted down from ten…

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Flower Parts on the Sticky Board

Flower Parts on the Sticky Board

As part of our unit on plants, we added flower parts to the sticky board.  I cut leaves, stems and flowers out of felt. We used pieces of yarn for roots and real sunflower seeds as the seeds.  At first the board looked like this after the children finished with it. I love that someone used a purple flower as a flower pot. I thought it was very creative.   After a few days of putting the flower parts together and…

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