Our third “Outdoor Education in the Grove” entry is brought to you by our 3-4 year old students of the Orange Grove and their teachers Ms. Sarah and Ms. Kenisha.
What’s more fun than digging in dirt? Playing with worms! In addition to the worm farm that the Orange Grove created for their classroom, students discovered worms in our compost and our garden beds and had a blast measuring them all!
Here at the Grove School of Cary, we celebrate young children each and every day, but this week, we showed our support for NAEYC (the National Association for the Education of Young Children) by celebrating ‘The Week of the Young Child.’
“The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association, with nearly 80,000 members and a network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates.
The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.
NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child™ in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to plan how we—as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation—will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.” (naeyc.org)
Here at the Grove, we are thankful for the love and light our young children give to us each and every day!!
Our second “Outdoor Education in the Grove” entry is brought to you by our 4-5 year old students of the Apple Grove and their teachers Ms. Alysia and Ms. Sue.
Students began a science experiment outside examining the effects of sun exposure. Students taped various stencils to black paper and hung them up in various locations around our outdoor Grove classroom. The following day, children took down the black paper to discover they had made sun images! These images were made by the sun’s rays fading the exposed areas of the paper. The sun exposure experiment was followed with a conversation on why it is important to be safe in the sun and wear sunscreen!
Staying true to our commitment to provide quality education, both inside our classrooms, and in our outdoor Grove classroom, I will be posting a series of projects and activities titled, “Outdoor Education in the Grove.” This series will highlight all classrooms at The Grove School of Cary and the wonderful outdoor learning that takes place here!
Our first “Outdoor Education in the Grove” entry is brought to you by our 3-4 year old students of the Lemon Grove and their teachers Ms. Deedra and Ms. Katie.
Students worked together to create a mini greenhouse out of a recycled soda bottle. The class took turns filling the bottle up with soil and then planting “mystery seeds.” Each student shared what they thought would happen inside the bottle. “Flowers will grow!” “Lots of plants will grow!” Now they will just have to wait….and watch!
Last Saturday, The Grove School of Cary did our quarterly clean-up project at Sears Farm Road Park. Parents came with their children and we all worked together to collect litter and recyclables. Our mornings were made when a mother and her son riding by on bicycles shouted, “Thank you for keeping our park clean!” A clean park is a happy park indeed!
It has been a few weeks since The Grove School of Cary partnered with Bella Bean Organics to provide weekly farm fresh produce boxes to our families! I myself, have chosen to receive Bella Bean’s “Recommended Box” and it has been a wonderful opportunity for me to try new foods (I can’t believe I’ve never tried turnips before!) as well as a delightful challenge to incorporate new healthy foods into my diet. (I now know what rutabaga is!)
Here is a Bella Bean dish I made last week:
Roasted sweet potatoes, kale and turnips over wild rice drizzled with balsamic vinegar. YUM!
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In the Pre-K Apple Grove, one of the culminating activities during our unit on “The Sky” was to build our own “star constellations” using mini marshmallows and toothpicks.
So, what do you get when you give prekindergarteners mini marshmallows to build with?
Happy and enthusiastic learners!
We looked at star clusters using our Smart Board and read, “Stargazers” by Gail Gibbons.
We heard the names of constellations like the ”Big Dipper”, “Leo the Lion” and “Great Bear”.
Our friends began to build their own constellations not realizing the pre-math and critical thinking skills they were demonstrating!
Star constellations with names like “Savannah”, “Flower”, “Ariel” and “Spider” were constructed.
The best part of this activity?
You guessed it…eating our creations!!
Look at all the stuffed animal friends we collected to donate to children in hospitals through The Comfort Project! (http://www.thecomfortprojectnc.org/)
Thank you to everyone who donated in order to provide comfort to others!
Yesterday, some of our preschool students in Strands class got to enjoy cauliflower from our Grove garden! The surprising news…everyone liked it!!
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