04May
2016
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Branching Out Theme of the Week: Ocean Life

Things that live in the sea are fascinating and spur lots of interest in investigation.  This week we will explore the difference between regular water and salt water.  Do things float easier in one or the other?  We will practice counting “fish scales” and match octopus legs.  We will look at pictures of real oceans […]

28Apr
2016
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Branching Out Theme of the Week: At The Zoo

Animal babies arrive in the spring just like all the new plants and leaves.  We will look at animals that live in the zoo and match adult animals with their babies.  Where do the zoo animals come from?  Look at the globe and see how far away some of them live!  How far is that […]

19Apr
2016
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Branching Out Theme of the Week: Exploring Colors

As spring comes alive, it is amazing the colors nature brings to our world.  More than the primary colors of red, blue and yellow, nature mixes them together to make so many new colors!  We will look at color in all aspects of our world, inside and out.  We will look at what happens when […]

12Apr
2016
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Branching Out Theme of the Week: Planting & Gardening

Spring has sprung and we are getting ready to move the seeds we planted last month, outside.  We will work outside to find the perfect place with sun and water good ground to plant our vegetables and flowers.  We will replant inside plants that need more space and talk about what makes plants grow big […]

05Apr
2016
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Branching Out Theme of the Week: Opposites!

What is the opposite of up?  Left?  Under?  We will experience opposites with our bodies, in the art center, and with blocks. We will look for opposites inside and outside the building and try to find new things we didn’t know before.  Can we find opposites in the stories we read?  Developing understanding of this […]

31Mar
2016
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Branching Out Theme of the Week: Community Helpers

There are so many people around us helping others.  This week we will investigate who those people are and what they do.  From doctors and nurses, to firefighter and policemen, construction workers, mail carriers, bus drivers and bakers; people in our community go to work every day to make our lives better.  We pretend to […]

22Mar
2016
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Branching Out Theme of the Week: The Tools We Use

We are fascinated by the things we can do with hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches and saws.  Children like to make things and can do so much using tools!  This week, we will explore lots of different tools and use unique tools to make new things.  We will use every day tools like measuring tools too to […]

10Mar
2016
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Branching Out Theme of the Week: Birds Fly!

When we look up in the sky what do we see?  We see planes and other air crafts and lot of neat birds!  There are so many different kinds.  We’ll look at books and talk about what makes a bird a bird.  They have wings and beaks – what makes them special?  We’ll explore those […]

01Mar
2016
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Branching Out Theme of the Week: Transportation

Transportation – by land, sea – We are often mesmerized by boats, cars and trucks…well that fascination likely started in childhood!  Our classrooms will look at different types of boats and vehicles this week and build many of their own with legos, blocks, popsicle sticks and other tools.  How do they move?  How do they […]