The Moonbeam Classroom continues to explore the amazing world of dinosaurs. Our kiddos certainly love learning about these prehistoric creatures. Roar, Moonbeamers!!!!!!!
At drop off or pick up time, you may have noticed the many large-scale dinosaurs hanging around the classroom. Using numerous, vibrant colors of paint the students created huge paper versions of a tyrannosaurus rex, a brontosaurus and a diplodocus. This display looks wonderful! Do check it out! Fusing mathematics with the children’s current interest, the Moonbeam children tried their hand at graphing. During a whole-class Circle Time, the girls and boys each chose their own preferred prehistoric beast. The winner (by a landslide) was the mighty T-Rex! Sorry, Mr. Triceratops! Games are always a staple in the Moonbeam Classroom. During Choice Time, the pupils have enjoyed dinosaur memory and “Which Dinosaur is Missing?” The absolute favorite, though, has been the dinosaur version of “Guess Who.” The students were asked, “Guess who I am. I have four feet and a long neck and I like to eat plants.” Can you guess the dinosaur? Ask your child. They will tell you! Lastly, the Moonbeam kiddos wrote their own dinosaur poem as an entire class. Be sure to give it a read. It’s a literary treasure.
Up next: Observing the life cycle of butterflies right in our classroom! Also, more insect hunts on the playground.
As many of you know, the cherished Blue Playground is in the midst of a major makeover. Though our students will miss this gross-motor getaway during construction, the Rainbow Room couldn’t help taking a sneak peek at the work in progress. This adventure, of course, spawned a new unit of learning. The girls and boys had the opportunity to see backhoes, excavators and dump trucks rumbling about. They counted the number of wheels on site! They identified the colors they found! They embarked on a letter and numeral hunt! What a great deal of fun, emergent learning.
This adventure inspired happenings in the classroom environment too. Our Rainbow friends listened to numerous books, concerning construction vehicles and machines. This includes Diggers Go by Steve Light, All in a Jam by Rebecca Bielawski and Mighty, Mighty Construction Site by Sherri Dusky Rinker. Additionally, the students have been exploring unit blocks of all sizes and colors to create their own multi-dimensional construction sites. Working in groups, the pupils also honed vital social skills such as turn taking, sharing and problem solving. You should see these structures! Just amazing. Lastly, the children continue to investigate mathematics by enjoying a new classroom favorite: vehicle dominoes!
What’s up next? The Rainbow students will venture outdoors for more campus walks. Also, our kiddos continue to work on a super secret piece of art for Magic Garden’s annual spring fundraiser, The Hoedown!
On Wednesday, April 26th, the Moonbeam Classroom joined the Sunshine Classroom for the second annual “Spring Pancake Feast.” Our students crafted colorful, stenciled placemats and table cloths for the event. Converging in the hallway, all the kiddos dined on yummy pancakes, fruit and lemonade! It was a splendid celebration of all the “magic” friendship at our school.