Yesterday we decorated our recycling bin for the annual Earth Day Recycling Bin contest. We studied two paintings and thought about what the artists' message was in each. We came up with four clear ideas; love the Earth, be gentle with the Earth, take care of the Earth, and share the Earth. We talked about what nature is and made pictures of animals and plants. We were inspired by Romero Britto's picture and made our plants and animals in his style.
We also talked a little about Dr. Jane Goodall and how she talks about acting locally to make change. We thought of a little change we could make that day. We decided to try not to use plastic straws at lunch and drink right out of the milk container. Ask me to tell you why this is important!
Today we had a very special day in honor of National Kindergarten Day tomorrow. Yes, National Kindergarten Day is a real thing! A few weeks ago the kids were asking why there is a Mother's Day and Father's Day but no kids' day. I told them every day is kids' day but they didn't seem content with that. I happen to be on a website with lists of special days and saw National Kindergarten Day so I told them we would celebrate it today. We watched a special movie called Bears. This is a Disneynature movie, and I was hoping we could have a Meet Me at the Movies Night for the release of this year's Disneynature movie called Dolphins, but it doesn't seem to be showing anywhere close, so I showed Bears today instead. This movie is about a mother bear, Sky, who takes her two little cubs on a journey for food. Along the way there are predators and other obstacles that make this journey long and dangerous. I highly recommend this movie if you are ever looking for a movie night movie for the family. I told the kids before the movie that all the bears are okay at the end of the movie, and that they would see some bears fighting and a few parts that might be sad, but everything turns out in the end. Disneynature films for two to three years to produce these movies, and they do not stage or change anything that happens because it is a documentary. The kids will have lots to tell you about this movie!
In math we've been working with addition and subtraction. We starting working with problems adding or subtracting three using the counting-on strategy.
I'll be sending out an e-mail over the weekend with lots of upcoming activities and the date of our end of the year program.
I hope you have a great weeekend!