It has been amazing this week to have the kids start to build a room of the house they have planned. Watching them walk the tiles in the room and hallway to check and make sure their furniture fits has shown great learning. Take a look at some of the success the kids have had!
We spent a long time today talking about what people NEED vs. WANT in a home. A kitchen, for example, is a need in a home. Do we all need a swimming pool? Believe it or not, that is debatable with a few of the kids! They were drawing homes today to represent a building that would house a family of four. As your child about what they put into their house that was needed vs. the things that were simply a want.
On Tuesday we started to learn about the 16 counties in Maine and where they are located. We used a puzzle to help us learn. I took the puzzle and dumped it out on the rug and put the kids into 5 groups. They had to work as a team to put it together. The first time it took 12 minutes and the second time it was only 4! We also started to learn the 16 counties song.
Today I read a picture book of The Nutcracker at our morning meeting. When I was finished with the book I asked the kids to think about whether the actions in the story had been a dream or magic. Each child had to go back into the story to find evidence to back up his/her thinking. We then engaged in a lively debate!