Friday, March 30, 2012

Book Review: In My Flower Sara Gillingham

Title: In My Flower

Publisher: Chronicle Books; Board book edition (December 30, 2009)

Book Description: Turn the colorful die-cut pages of this irresistible board book to discover just what makes little butterfly's flower so cozy. Bright pictures, sweet reassuring messages, unique layered pages, and an adorable finger puppet combine to create interactive reading and playtime fun!

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 My toddlers love this book especially when I stick my fingers in the butterfly puppet and make it fly. This book was added to our spring curriculum as we talked about flowers and things associated with flowers. The last page reinforces family as the butterfly is seen with her family. The thick pages are great for young hands just learning how to turn pages (and teething). It is colorful and simple to read, which is great because it will quickly become a favorite and you will have to read it over and over and over again! :D
Five Stars!!!!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Science: Watching Daffodils Bloom

A part of the spring curriculum, I brought in some daffodil stalks for the children to explore and observe bloom. Over the course of a few days the stalks blossomed. Every day, I would point out the different stages of the daffodils and the children learned how to touch them gently as they bloomed.

Daffodil stalks on our observation table

I kept the flowers down low but still out of reach of the children for observation purposes and safety. Through out the day they were given plenty opportunities to help with changing the water and handling the daffodils.

Daffodils in full bloom along with some daisies that were added to the observation table

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spring is Here

Yes, it is finally here! This week we are learning about spring through gardening. We watched daffodils bloom, planted Zinnias and watched them sprout. I filled the classroom with silk flowers for the children to play with. We went on a nature walk/ stroller ride and looked at the blossoms and buds on the trees. And we have lots of art to show for all the fun we had. Still to come is creating our own bottle green house :D I love spring!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Science: Observing Craisins in Water

Results after half an hour

Young toddlers are natural little scientist. They love to observe and watch how different things act and react. Today we watched how craisins behaved in water. We filled three bottles with water. In one bottle we added salt. In another we added sugar and the last one we added baking soda. The children observed what the craisins did in each bottle.

After about an hour or more, the baking soda caused the craisins to darken and rise to the top of the bottles.

The sugar did not do much after an hour, but at the end of the day, the water had turned reddish in color and the craisins looked redder also.

At the end of the day, many of the craisins had floated to the top of the bottle with salt. Not much color change.

The next day, all the craisins had expanded and floated to the top of the bottles except for the bottle with baking soda, they all sank back down to the bottom of the bottle.