Friday, October 28, 2011

This Week in Afternoon Roxaboxen...

This week we have continued discussing sound in addition to our other 5 senses.  We went on a "sound walk" where we discussed what we heard inside the classroom, and then outside of the classroom.

They were listening to the "crumbling leaves!"

The students each got a turn to "squeak" Ms. Kelly's horn on her bike

This was our final list of everything we heard in our classroom and outside on our walk.

In addition to sound, we have began discussing our sense of sight!  This week, the students were able to create their own "I Spy Pictures!"

I spy with my little eyes... a small drum, and a sound shaker!.

I spy with my little eyes a black rectangle and an orange square.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

AM Roxaboxen


Pumpkins in Honalee

Today in Honalee we discussed the outside and inside of a pumpkin.  Everyone had a chance to stick their hands in and play with the "guts".  The students noticed that there were 100's of seeds and the inside was slimy.  We then baked our own pumpkin seeds to have as a healthy snack.  Ask your child what they thought about our pumpkin investigation.  Pictures will be posted soon!

Pumpkin Seeds
-Melted butter

1. Scoop seeds out of pumpkin
2. Rince seeds off in bowl of salt water
3. Strain
4. Toss in melted butter
5. Spread seeds out over a baking sheet
6. Bake at 375 degress for about 45 minutes or until the butter has browned
7. Enjoy!

*You can also bake the seeds with garlic powder, pepper, cinamon, or whatever else you can think of!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

This week in Wonderland!!!

Ms. Kristen brought in some gourds this week and the comparing and weighing is in full swing.  Some are bumpy/smooth, heavy/light, orange/yellow/green.  The list goes on and on and we are determined to sort them by every characteristic we can find.

We have a new addition to our Literacy Area.  We had listened to a couple books on tape during our Large Group times and the children seemed really interested.  On Tuesday we charted the instructions on how to independently use the Listening Center.  If you have time come in and let your child show you the ropes.

The Block Area never is left empty.  The children continue to create like crazy.  Tommy and Colton built a submarine that they made sure to share with their friends.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

AM Roxaboxen

Music, music and more music!

 It's been a symphony of noise in Roxaboxen.  Drums, xylophones, a keyboard and shakers have been the soundtrack of our lives this week!
 We did an experiment with glass jars to see if adding water makes a higher or lower sounding tone when we tap on it.
 We drew to the music.  Be sure to check out the bulletin board in the cubby area for work from our music and movement experience.
We welcomed our new Spanish teacher (Senorita Emily)  We all made "coronas"--crowns-- with "Me llamo ______" on them. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Honalee Band

Rockin Out in Honalee

The kids in Honalee have been experimenting with different musical instruments. There have been several rock concerts in Honalee over the past week. Also, many bands have formed and broken up and even reformed again. Check it out: