Dear Everyone,

Our week began with a second observation of our seeds. "I see little red things, those are the roots." "Vines on the bottom." "Roots." And, "My shell cracked open!" After looking at and examining them, everyone got to plant their seeds in a cup. Someone said we should put one scoop of dirt, the seeds, and then another scoop of dirt on top.  Several children agreed saying, "Yes, so the seeds are in the middle."  We got to work scooping dirt, adding water, and placed them on the window sill.

In the big room we played our usual tricycles, block building, dress up, food exchanging, and jungle gym climbing. There were families taking care of babies and each other, workmen building, speed-racers driving tricycles, and monkeys on the jungle gym. Right after cleanup everyone turned into puppies, kittens, joeys, a German shepherd, and one dragon with hard plates on his back for protection.

On our trip to the Prospect Park Zoo wesaw two peacocks, a python, turtles, an owl, baby sheep, goats, and seals. We got to feed the farm animals and pet the snake. The trip went off without a hitch.

Our seeds are still growing in little cups. We watered them two more times this week. Outside we took turns using two rakes, a hoe, and a shovel, to till the dirt. Everyone worked the land diligently clearing weeds, dead leaves, and discovering loads of crawling things in the dirt. After the rain, we found three slugs, two healthy and one no longer with us. There was also a "worm observation table".

We watered and observed our seeds a third time on Friday. There was a bit of excitement over the fact that some of our seeds had changed overnight.

Next week we will plant our seeds and begin our study of the ocean.

Have a great weekend,

Plant eaters and plants


Hi All,

This week we painted with plants, planted seeds, made stamps using fruit and vegetables, and ate plants for snacks. All in honor of plant-eating dinosaurs. You guys can do the meat eaters at home.

We started our week by painting with flowers. Everyone made a variety of different patterns and prints with the flowers. The next day, we made stamps using a bell pepper, an orange, an apple, and an onion.

We also planted seeds in baggies. The children said they need water and sun to grow. We added water and hung them in the window. The next day someone asked if they had grown? They had not. Thursday while half the class was making music with Alex, we made a chart to see how many of each kind of seed we had all chosen. The children noticed by looking at our chart, that most people had chosen to plant popcorn. Lima beans and kidney beans were tied for second place.

After waiting a few days, we decided to observe our sprouting seeds closer. Everyone got to take a close look at their seeds. We asked, "What do you see?" Some answers were: " I see lots of little white things!" "Nothing." "Roots." "I see the stem." 

We have been spending a lot of time in the yard. Please apply sunscreen to the children before school if your child needs it. Genevieve donated a bottle to the classroom if we need to reapply later. Thanks!

Quiet time has been sleepy. Five and six sleepers, often. 

We have been eating lunch outside too. Our yard does have bits of shade, to sit and eat under.

We took two balls outside to encourage hand-eye, and foot-eye coordination. We used bins of water on the bench to practice pouring and to keep cool. The children took turns playing in the water in pairs. 

Whew, it was a hot week!