Early Three’s

Mat Man taught us how to draw ourselves and we made our first self portraits in Early Three’s. We learned all about the letter C with a fun mystery box and if you look in the hall you will see our C is for Cupcake! Today we talked about how special we are and made a mirror to look at ourselves to wrap up our all about me unit.

Early Three’s

It’s is so hard to believe we finished up April at school and next week starts our last month! We love your children and have loved watching them grow! This week we learned about butterflies and read my very favorite book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.We made butterflies with coffee filters and watercolors. We are enjoying watching Caterpillars grow and learning and observing about the lifecycle of a Caterpillar into a butterfly. We retold the story with a fun felt story apron and all the pieces from the story! The kids did a great job at remembering the story and all the caterpillar ate!
We learned about the letter W and the kids made a watermelon out of a paper plate. It was so cute and fun. 

We also had Science with Miss Jackie and learned more about recycling. The kids loved the hands on demonstrations and videos/ music to reinforce this very important concept! 

We finished up our numbers today for the year by learning about the number nine and counting and placing nine bird stickers. We will review numbers 1-9 next month.

Early Three’s

What a fast and fun week! We had a wonderful field trip at Blooms and Berries. It was such beautiful weather and a ton of fun!! We enjoyed a hay ride and picking out our pumpkins as well as fun farm activities and slides! At school, we enjoyed another yoga class and we all really love it! This week we made adorable pumpkin handprints. We also made a Halloween #2 book. We did Halloween activities and stories counting 2 and also reinforcing recognizing our names and colors. We have such a great group of kids that are becoming great friends. We love our Creative Tots!!

Air Pressure

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Air Pressure

Our topic this month was air pressure. We talked about how air is constantly pushing down on us and everything around us and the only time we can actually see or feel air pressure is when there is a sudden change in air pressure, like ears poping on an airplane.

We used a simple experiment that can be done with all your left over Easter eggs! 

Egg in a Jar:

  • Glass bottle or jar with the opening slightly bigger than the egg.
  • Peeled hardboiled egg
  • Lighter or match
  • Paper

Although this is a simple experiment, it really shows how air pressure works on an object!

Light your piece of paper on fire and drop it into the glass bottle. I explained that we were using fire to remove the oxygen in the jar, (since fire eats oxygen). By removing the oxygen in the bottle we are causing the air pressure to become greater on the outside of the egg, I used the term “heavier air”.

Place your egg on the mouth of the bottle. It will vibrate as some of the hot air escapes. As the air becomes “heavier” or the air pressure increases on the outside of the egg it will slowly push the air into the bottle.

Here is a great video: 


Now that we have the egg in the bottle how do we get it out? Well, we apply the same concept. If we use “heavy air” to push our egg in the bottle we need to use “heavy air” to push it out.

Turn your bottle upside down so the smaller part of the egg it pointing outwards but not fully covering the opening. From here place your mouth on the opening and blow, hard! While you blow a continuous stream of air roll the egg over the opening, the pressure you created in the bottle should push the egg back out! The video below gives a great demonstration.

Inverted Glass & Card:

  • Water
  • Glass
  • Index card or playing card

I am sure we have all preformed this “experiment” before.

Fill your glass with water, place card over the top and invert. Because air exerts pressure equally from all directions the card does not fall due to this principle.

We listened to a song that reinforced the effects of air pressure. Just a warning, it’s slightly out of tune but very catchy!

  

The Art of Marbling

This month we experimented with different marbling techniques in each of the classrooms, all providing us with awesome results.

Our tots learned some fun marbling history! “Marbling was an essential part of bookbinding with the papers being placed on the inside covers of all fine books, which is still one of the main uses of marbling today. The intricate patterns of the papers were used to cover the folds, strings, and glue marks of the bindings, and also to serve as an aesthetic transition from the dark leather covers to the white pages inside. The marblers’ guilds were separate from the bookbinders’ guilds, who were forever spying on the marblers, trying to discover the techniques of marbling to avoid the high cost of their papers. So for centuries, the marblers often had to do their work at night in secret laboratories, behind locked doors, and hardly anyone could hope to learn the art unless he was born into a marbling family. Even then, most apprentices weren’t trusted with all the marbling formulas until they were into their 30’s or 40’s.” http://marbleart.us/SomeHistory.htm

   
    
    
    
    
  

    
    

    
 

Biology of Blood

This was such a fun experiment! We talked about the “ingredients” that make up our blood. We used the following picture to illustrate our ingredients:

  

Blood Components: 

  1. Water bottle
  2. Yellow and Red food coloring
  3. Cheerios
  4. Mini marshmallows
  5. Salt
  6. Purple Pom-poms

Place one cup of Cheerios in a ziplock bag, add 8-10 drops of red food coloring and shake to disperse the food coloring. The Cheerios do not need to be completely covered.

Remove the label from a water bottle, fill 1/2  way with water and add 2-3 drops of yellow food coloring. This depicts our bloods first ingredient: Plasma. Plasma is blood’s liquid portion; it helps the other ingredients flow through our veins as the heart pumps.  

Next, add a sprinkle of salt into the water bottle. Blood is comprised of salt and other chemicals which make your muscles and heart function…heart vitamins!

But what makes our blood look red? Billions of red blood cells that look like Cheerios carry oxygen in the center of the “O” all over the body…”O” for oxygen. There are so many red blood cells that they make our blood appear completely red. 

Add the Cheerios with the red food coloring to your water bottle, and it will turn your yellow plasma red.

Next, there are white blood cells, which are a little bigger than our red blood cells. I connected the idea of a doctor’s white coat to white blood cells. The job of our white blood cells is to fight germs and disease, just as doctor’s job is to help keep us healthy.

Illustrate white blood cells by adding a few mini marshmallows to the water bottle.

Our final “ingredient” is the platelets. Platelets stop bleeding when we get cuts and scrapes. They have lots of little arms that hold on tight to create a barrier at our injury site. Platelets are the body’s band aids. 

Add some purple Pom poms (platelets) to the water bottle.

Finally, it’s time for the heart to do its job …to pump your blood and all of its important ingredients throughout your body! 

Rock the bottle back and forth to observe how all of these essential ingredients work together!