With the weather starting to get cooler and the leaves beginning to change there have been many conversations about why leaves change their colours and fall from tree branches.
In French, we have talked about les feuilles rouges, les feuilles jaunes, les feuilles brunes tombent.
In Science, we performed an experiment which gave the children an opportunity to visualize how leaves change their colour in Fall. The materials used included; spinach leaves, nail polish remover and a coffee filter. The children communicated what they saw, thought and wondered and then discussed their findings. They discovered that the green pigment from the spinach leaves traveled up the coffee filter until it was completely green in colour. The children were than able to make the connection with how leaves in nature change colours.
Another inquiry we have started in our class has been about apples, les pommes (apples), rouges, jaunes et vertes. We have had a few friends who went apple picking at the end of Sept and beginning of Oct and has sparked a conversation about all the different things we can make with apples! We decided it would be fun to try and make a couple of the ideas we came up with!
While we were baking with the apples some friends wondered what would happen if we planted the seeds we found inside the apple core. So we put some seeds into a pot with soil and also some seeds in a wet paper towel in a ziplock bag. We will be keeping an eye on our seeds over the next few weeks to see what happens!
We have a lot of friends in the class who really enjoy building various structures! We have been bringing out different building materials for the children to explore and build with. Building with blocks helps the children to identify shapes, work on their fine motor skills and their hand eye coordination. It also encourages problem solving skills, team work and imagination.
Here are some more pictures of the children during centres!