ADVENTURERS - January 2019

“Hello, sun in my face. Hello, you who make the morning and spread it over the fields…. Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.” - Mary Oliver

It’s January in the Adventurers’ class. There are many new discoveries as we begin a new year together here at NVS. Winter has allowed us endless opportunities to explore. With sparkly eyes, we’ve discovered ice in the bog, daffodils growing by the big tree, ice castles formed in molehills, frozen leaves at recess, mushrooms growing along the trees, erosion along the little creek, and so much more! As we tip-toe around our outdoor classroom, we are ready to make new discoveries in nature. It's delightful to discover changes and new growth from the seasons.

We are exploring the continent of Antarctica. Did you know that it is summer in Antarctica?! The opposite of our season. We love learning about the penguins, seals, and whales that live there. Of all the arctic animals, penguins have been the most excitable. Pretending we are penguins is one of our favorite, silly activities! Waddle, waddle, waddle. We've loved learning about the letter ‘P’ as part of our literacy unit this month. We enjoy creating art projects through integrating subjects. Some days we make popping sounds as we spend cozy afternoons enjoying a delicious treat of popcorn.

Adventurers’ are exploring the States of Matter through ice exploration! It is a captivating hands-on experience: ice painting, freezing water, and painting with ice cubes! Mixing colors, creating, designing, testing, measuring, redesigning are all ways we learn using our imagination. We have delightful curiosity with an interest and desire to learn creatively and independently. Engaged in play develops our innate scientific skills. Using play to discover, questions, and understand the natural and physical world investigating changes in tactile experiments and cause-effect relationships. We delight in rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands dirty. We learn with joy!

~ Teacher Nicole


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