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Around this time of the year, we love to study flowers. The past couple of weeks we have had small appointments for flower drawing. During these appointments we asked the children to look closely at the flowers in front of them. What details can you find in the flower? We encourage them to spend time really looking. So far they have used mostly pen and paper to represent the lines and the shapes that they see.
We have looked closely inside the classroom at flowers that families or teachers brought to school-
We have looked closely outside at flowers growing in our commons-
Here are some of the beautiful details that the children have noticed and represented on paper so far (click to enlarge)…
Our next step is to look closely at the color of flowers. I wonder what new details we will find?
…because it’s sunny!” – KP
And today was very different than the past few months have been. The air is warm, the sun is out, and we are more than ready to embrace it! We have been outside the whole day, except for lunch and rest time. The children mobbed the cubby room this morning when we asked who’d like to play outside and while they were waiting on the patio to run free, told me it must be spring!
ER- “I see spring outside!”
Katee- “Where do you see it?”
Many children point in every direction.
Katee- “What does spring sound like?”
Unknown – “It sounds like windchimes!”
Katee – “Can you smell spring? What does spring smell like?”
AS- “And sunshine, and honey, and love!”
We have had soooo much rain lately and also lotssss of energy. This combinations means that we have been spending a lot of time outside in the mud and rain. Some children prefer to stay dry behind the elephant wall, while others go straight for the rain and mud.
With spring on its way, we wanted to start paying close attention to the signs of flowers in our commons. So far the crocus flowers have bloomed in the empty lot behind the elephant wall and the camellia and hellebore flowers have budded and are in bloom. This morning we read a book called “Parts of a Flower.” We discussed the roots, stem, petals, carpel, ovary, eggs and stamen. The book explains that bees and other insects help pollinate the flower, meaning they help move pollen from the stamen to the carpel. We all used our bodies to pretend we were flowers in bloom. A “bee” came along from flower to flower, passing pollen around from stamen to carpel.
We have been drawing details of flowers with ink pens using photos and live flowers for reference. As spring comes into bloom, we will continue bringing clipboards outside and flowers inside.