Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Flashlight Markers

Flashlight Markers
June 11, 2014

“They are making lines.”
“The lines all go this way.”
“Now they are going this way.”
“It helps me make a rainbow.”
“The light tells me which way to go.”
“The light helps me see.”
“The light makes the picture lighter.”
“I can see all 5 lines.”
“It looks like a claw!”
“I am drawing scratches.”

Friday, June 6, 2014

Exploring Train Jobs

Week of June 2nd, 2014
We have started to discuss many of the jobs required for a trip on a train. This connects to last semester’s exploration of roles and responsibilities. We have talked about the engineer (who drives the train) a lot. Today we added a ticket collector as well. He passed out tickets and collected them as the passengers found their seats on the train. They have also been talking about things they do while on the train. We learned that trains often offer food, like snacks or even dinner and lunch! The children decided that one of the jobs needed on the train as well was a food server.

Learning about Maps

Learning about Maps
Week of May 26th, 2014
As we have been exploring trains more, the concept of where to go often is discussed. They know that trains take us places and we often think of many different places we can travel to. Many of the children connect these ideas to recent vacations or to places close relatives live. We often take our trains to Disney World and to Memphis. We decided to explore maps with the trains. The children know that maps tell you how to get somewhere. They were often overheard using words like, “Turn here” or “Go that way now.” When we explored the big map on the wall, the children began using words like, “Go north” or “Now make the train go west.”