WOW! Have we had fun planting carrots and watching them grow! We planted the seeds way back in August and have kept track of their growth all through the fall! What a GREAT experience to harvest the carrots these little farmers planted! Throughout the process the girls did observational drawings and journal entries of the progress of their growth. We sorted them, counted them, washed them, and my favorite part...ATE THEM!
Truly a farm to table experience!
We counted carrots!
We washed carrots!
We ATE carrots!
Thoughts about the carrots...
The inside of the purple carrot is not purple, it's orange. - Ruthie
I tried a little bit, but I didn't like it. - Mazee
They are crunchy! - Lilli Greer
I'm going to try the purple and see what it tastes like. - Becca
Mine is tiny. - Mazee
Tastes good to me. - Zayhah
The purple one tastes a little bit different. - Brooklyn
I like the purple and the orange. - Maddie
I like carrots WITH ranch dressing. - Maggie Kate
The inside of the purple is orange. - Carlie
I like the purple and the orange. - Becca
I think the purple tastes different than the orange. I like the orange better. - Imani
We did OBSERVATIONAL DRAWINGS of carrots!
What a fabulous cross-curricular experience this project was!
MATH! LITERACY! SCIENCE! ART! COMMUNITY! And FUN all mixed in together!
Our rocket ship has been in the dramatic play center for a llllloooonnnnnnggggg time! They have loved working in the Space Center SOOOOO much! They really loved building it out of a box and collaboratively planning its design. This project initiated MANY different discussions. We talked about going to the moon. We learned what it would be like to live on the moon. The girls asked questions about planets and stars. They built a Hutchison Space Station and painted stars to "decorate" the night sky. The girls brainstormed about what they would need in their space station...binoculars, tools to work on their ship, paper and pencils to draw their observations, a phone to call command center, and backpacks for air, of course!
One conversation the Space Center initiated was about earth and the other planets. Check out the girls beautiful water color planets and their stories.
These strong girls are...
...and in the swirl of all that going on, they are learning to be COMPASSIONATE as they work together, take turns, and encourage each other!
For the Grandparent's Open House, the girls wanted to share all the things they love about Hutchison! They are happy girls and they love to be together!
In Lois Ehlert's book, Leaf Man, she illustrates the whole story with LEAVES and other natural fall materials. Acorns are eyes. Gumballs are noses. Wings for the geese and ducks are different shaped leaves. Very creative! The girls enjoyed making their own LEAF creations. They are learning to be creative, too! With their hands and their brains!
Listen in on their conversation...
Whoa! We have pumpkins! This one is big!
This one is not heavy.
I’m really strong!
What is this on here? (Dirt, discussed vines and growing outside like we saw on the farm)
Try this one!
It’s too heavy!
They’re like pumpkins on a vine!
Choo choo! A pumpkin train!
Hey let’s switch!
I’ll have this one.
Let’s carve these huge pumpkins!
I match the pumpkin! Because I have orange on.
I can’t pick it up. Let’s use teamwork!
We talked about what it means to DESCRIBE things. I asked them to DESCRIBE the weather...rainy! I asked them to DESCRIBE the sweater I was wearing...black. They got it! The girls put on their "detective eyes" to look at the pumpkins. They did a great job of DESCRIBING what they saw!
We also talked about making PREDICTIONS! I PREDICTED that we would have hotdogs and tater tots for lunch and then we had to wait until lunch to see if I was right...I was not! They loved telling me my prediction was wrong! Ha! Each girl PREDICTED how many seeds she thought were in the big pumpkin and then we opened it up and cleaned it out! Stay tuned! We'll count the seeds tomorrow!
How does it feel inside?
Lots of orange!
This seed is not slimy. It's dry.
Ooooh! It feels yukky!
This looks like hair!
It feels like slobber.
It looks like potatoes!
It feels good!
It's a little cold.
It's smushy and gooey!
The seeds are hard!
Ooh! I got another seed!
I got 2 seeds!
As the girls have learned to carry out their morning routine at school (ask them what that is...they would LOVE to tell you), we began to talk about other routines they may have. We discussed nighttime routines: eating dinner, taking a bath, brushing their teeth, putting on pajamas, reading a story, and lots of glasses of water before the lights finally go out! Wink! Wink! We read lots of stories about the moon and learned that the moon has a "routine" too! The girls are experts on what it's like on the moon. You may have an astronaut in your family one day! Check out all the cool things we've been doing!
What do you wonder about the moon?
I wonder if I could be an astronaut. - Becca
I CAN be an astronaut. - Mazee
I WISH I could be an astronaut. - Ruthie
I want to go in a spaceship! - Zayhah
I wish I could be an astronaut. - Brianne
I wonder why they have to wear a space suit? - Brooklyn
Why do they have to wear a hat? - Maggie
Why do they have to wear boots? - Mazee
Why do they jump? - Carlie
Why did they put their flag there? - Katie
Why are they moving? - Lilli Greer
Why are they bouncing? - Brianne
What was in the cave? - Becca
patterns - things that happens over and over
FUN books that we read...
The Napping House, Audrey Wood
Kitten's First Moon, Kevin Henkes
When the Moon Smiles, Petr Horacek
Touch the Brightest Star, Christie Matheson
Stars, Mary Lyn Ray and Marla Frazee
What the Moon Sees/What the Sun Sees, Nancy Tafuri
The Moon Book, Gail Gibbons
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, Eric Carle
How to Catch a Star, Oliver Jeffers
On the Moon, Anna Milbourne and Benji Davies
Fancy Nancy: Stellar Stargazer, Jane O'Connor
We LOVED reading Peter Reynolds book, The Dot. The little girl, Vashti, has a hard time drawing and her art teacher gives her a real boost about drawing dots! To quote her smart teacher, "Make a mark and see where it takes you!" We talked about dots all day! We wore dots, painted dots, counted dots, and even ATE dots!
CREATING WITH DOTS...
THINKING ABOUT DOTS...
A few weeks ago, we walked over to the farm and planted CARROTS! Hutchison's horticulturist, Mrs. Riddle, showed us around and told us exactly what to do. The girls learned that soil is just a fancy word for dirt and that carrots seeds are round and white. Ask your girls what color our carrots will be...you might be surprised!
How wonderful to have a place to do this right outside our classroom!
Stay tuned...we're gonna grow some CARROTS!
We are going to the farm to plant a vegetable. Can you guess what it is? It's orange and bunnies like to eat it!
How do we grow a carrot? What do you think we should start with?
What kind of seed should we use?
If we planted an apple seed, what would grow?
What if we planted a green bean seed, what would grow?
WOW! You already know a lot about seeds! It will sure be fun to plant carrots and watch them grow!
I see a butterfly!
I see one, too!
The seeds sleep in the bed of dirt.
The seeds go in the line!
My seed is little and white.
The seed is round! I dropped mine! I need another seed! I can't find mine!
Push! Push! Push! a little hole in the dirt!
My seed is in the dirt! It's in the hole!
We have to cover it up with dirt!
I see a bug! I don't like bugs!
I don't like when bugs land on me!
I see an ant!
Soil is just a fancy word for dirt!
The seeds have to sleep a little bit and then they will grow up, up, up out of the dirt!
We planted orange carrots!
AND PURPLE! I like purple carrots!
They will taste so good!
I like carrots with ranch dressing!
Senora Chelsoi taught the girls a song about how seeds grow
and some Spanish words, too!
seed - la semilla
soil - la tierra
sun - el sol
water - el agua
After reading Rosie Goes to Preschool, by Karen Katz, the girls observed that Rosie does A LOT of the same things we do at our school! She has a cubby! She has teachers…that she loves (hopefully)! 😊 For sure, teachers that love her! Rosie goes to music, just like we do! She has a yummy lunch at school! There’s a fun playground! Rosie even gets to rest at her school…just like us!
This fun discussion led us to talk about what the girls might learn this year in pre-k. One of the things I love about our school is the way they encourage and foster public speaking in our girls! It starts as early as Pre-k! We are not forcing them to share with the class if they are uncomfortable doing that, but I’ve found that they LOVE to stand by me while I show their work and share it with their school family! What a delight for me to watch them be delighted with themselves!
Check out our class book! Your girls were the AUTHORS and the ILLUSTRATORS! WOW!