There's a big coral reef aquarium in the lobby of our library. Each week the girls peek in to see if they can see the fish. They became even more fascinated when the fish and coral and rocks from the aquarium were in a "fish hospital" while the tank was being cleaned and repaired. They got a birds eye view of all the aquarium's content. It has become an interesting thing to watch and a big topic of the girls' conversations. The Hutchison aquarium has made its way into our classroom. And oh! The stories! These girls love the sea!
Building stories in the coral reef: writing and illustrating.
What do you love about YOU?
What are you proud that you can do?
Tell me something that makes you special!
Tell me something that makes you YOU!
The girls loved tracing their little bodies and drawing their life-size selves! They were careful to get their clothes just right. They colored their skin and their cute faces!
After we talked about how we LOOK different from each other, we got to talk about how we like different things and are good at different things, too. The girls loved telling things they were proud that they could do. These girls have a wide-range of gifts and abilities! We are proud of them, too!
What does self-awareness look like in a 4-year old girl?
The girls have LOVED talking about their families this week! We made predictions and compared our families. We talked about what we loved to do with our families and who lived with us at our house. We read a lot of books about family, too, by another of our favorite authors, Todd Parr. Check out some of his books on his website,
What do you love to do with your family?
Some days are yellow. Some are blue. On different days I'm different too.
You'd be surprised how many ways I change on Different Colored Days.
On Bright Red Days how good it feels to be a horse and kick my heels!
On other days I'm other things. On Bright Blue Days I flap my wings.
~ excerpt from My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! In honor of one of our favorite authors and in conjunction with our explorations of feelings and colors, the girls LOVED reading this book! They have shown me what their faces look like when they are happy, sad, tired, grumpy, and lots of other things. Have you ever seen any of these expressions on your girl's face?
We explored the idea, like in the Dr. Seuss book, that colors can express feelings.
Check out the slide show to see how colors make the girls feel.
Reflections: The girls really enjoyed this exercise in feelings. They really tried hard to use some of their new vocabulary. I loved hearing them use some of their new words appropriately. Here's one example from the playground. Several girls had been working really hard to get on the monkey bars...
I'm not frustrated anymore. Now that someone showed me what to do, I'm feeling... PROUD! - Clayden
I love that the girls are trying new things! I love that the girl are teaching new things! I love that girls are learning new things! I love that the girls are excited about new things!
I love that the girls are encouraging each other! I love the girls!