It's hard to believe that it's only been two weeks back since our break! The children returned so calm, focused and happy to be back at school working and playing with their friends that we jumped right bak into our routines with ease.
With all of these frigid temperatures we have been building on the children's fascination with ice. We have been freezing colored water and bringing it indoors to let the children experiment with the way water changes from solid to liquid through the aid of heat and salt, as well as adding in the challenge of freezing some of our plastic arctic animals in blocks of ice with the challenge of freeing them from the ice blocks. Table salt, water, warm water, and even rock salt were all experimented with. The consensus being that rock salt and hot water is a winning combo! We have also been enjoying finding ice formed outside as well as colored ice we have added to the playground. This has been the source of lots of rich imaginative play.
We have also been exploring magnets during inquiry, as well as reading books about magnets and discussing some of the ways that magnets work. The children have been especially interested in the way that magnets both attract and repel. They have also been interested in the way that magnets are able to attract each other through things like, wood, plastic and paper. We were able to further experiment with this doing some magnet painting by moving small magnetic spheres around in paint using a magnetic wand without actually physically touching them.
We hope you have all enjoyed this long weekend and have taken some time to reflect a little on the legacy of Dr. King. Both circles spent a little time discussing the holiday in an age appropriate way focusing on the ways that we can find to be kind and stand up to injustice in our daily lives.
We are looking forward to another visit with our friends at the Stapley assisted living facility on wednesday and love that we are helping the children to understand joy that is spending time in service to others.