We will soon begin to learn about families, but before we do that, we are learning more about each other, and celebrating the differences and similarities that make us who we are. We read The Colors of Us, by Karen Katz. KG students then mixed white, black, red and yellow paints to make their own unique skin tone paint, just like the main character in the book did. We have begun to use our skin color paints to paint self portraits.
KG students went outside to explore the plants and animals around Baker School. They were naturalists. Naturalists are scientists who carefully study plants and animals, as they exist in nature. When we came back inside, the students wrote and drew in their science notebooks about what they saw outside.
Today during writing workshop, KG students learned that writers don't quit. They keep trying. Mrs. Galop couldn't finish her story about the playground, because she was stuck on how to draw herself going down the slide. Luckily, the children were able to help her out with some new ideas for drawing. They did a wonderful job labeling their pictures and adding sentences!
You may have noticed that your children are naturally curious about the world around them. They may be especially excited and interested in the animal and plant life they encounter in their everyday lives – chasing butterflies, watching ants crawl on the ground, and noticing plants growing and flowers budding in the springtime.
As part of our science curriculum this year we are studying living things. Your children will develop a scientific approach to their investigation of the outdoors as they become naturalists studying the local environment, looking for living things, and discovering how and where they live. The children will also gain an appreciation and respect for the environment. We are teaching your children to observe and study living things without disrupting or disturbing them. We have begun with open explorations of nature this fall.
Two Brookline firefighters came to Baker School to teach our students about fire safety. We learned about the difference between toys and tools, and discussed why tools such as lighters and matches are not to be played with. The firefighters taught us how to "stop, drop, and roll," should our clothes catch on fire. Ms. Dobrotka even modeled a firefighter uniform for us! Thank you Brookline Fire Department!