Ms. Tanya Blog Posts

11
Oct
2018
How long can this be?  Measuring in Room 2 with Ms. Tanya’s friends.

How long can this be? Measuring in Room 2 with Ms. Tanya’s friends.

By admin on October 11, 2018 in Ms. Tanya Whole school; Whole child with No Comments

We can’t possibly “measure” the amount of fun we’ve been having! A fun activity in our math area with pegs lead the children into a fun math activity. The children began stacking the pegs when Grayson asked “how tall is mine? “We brought out the tape measure and measure that his was 37 inches in height. Then Nikhil wanted to know how tall his was, so he placed his next to Grayson’s and they compared the two. Grayson’s look taller the children agreed. We measured Nikhil’s and his measured 25 inches. We looked at the numbers on our tape measure and learned that 25 was a smaller number than 37. This continued with the children adding more and more pegs until they couldn’t reach the top so they laid it down on the ground and made one long line of pegs, measuring along the way.

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24
Sep
2018
Welcome to Room 2- Ms. Tanya’s Class

Welcome to Room 2- Ms. Tanya’s Class

By admin on September 24, 2018 in Ms. Tanya Whole school; Whole child with No Comments

Welcome to Room 2!
We spent this week getting to know each other. The children had an amazing time exploring all the wonderful new materials we have incorporated into our Block, Math, Art and Science areas. Our loose parts are tapping into the children’s inner architect, engineer, mathematician and artist! We read and sang fun stories that revolved all around “Who Am I” and embraced everything that makes us unique. The children have been working hard on their self portraits and they will be displayed in the classroom very soon. We have begun the journey for an amazing school year!

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22
Jun
2018
Learning how to Tie-Die in Ms. Tanya’s Classroom

Learning how to Tie-Die in Ms. Tanya’s Classroom

By admin on June 22, 2018 in Ms. Tanya with No Comments

The children had so much fun tie-dying shirts to wear for Spirit Week. First the children got to choose a white T-shirt. Then the t-shirts were thoroughly soaked in water and wrung out. Then using their thumb and index finger, the children twisted the shirt into a spiral. Then the rubber bands were applied to form triangle slices, like you see on a pizza. Then the children covered their hands with plastic gloves and squeezed the dye onto the shirt making sure that each triangle piece was a different color. Some of the children chose to mix the colors up. The shirts were then placed into a ziplock bag and placed outside in the hot sun over the weekend to help the colors set. Thank you to Sofia’s mom Rebecca for taking the shirts home to launder and bring back for us to wear. Thank you also to Skylar and Rebecca for bringing everything in for this fun project!

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14
Jun
2018
Exploring with the new loose parts patio.

Exploring with the new loose parts patio.

By admin on June 14, 2018 in Ms. Tanya with No Comments

The children have been enjoying building with all types of materials both in the classroom and outdoors. It’s wonderful to observe how much they have grown emotionally and socially, especially during cooperative play. They are showing strength in their social skills including taking turns and problem-solving. As you may have noticed we have some amazing new additions outside on our playground and the children are definitely enjoying exploring them. We have a list with all the children’s names and they are learning to wait their turn to use the loose parts patio. So much fun to be had!

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10
Apr
2018
Exploring things that ‘spin’ in Ms. Tanya’s class

Exploring things that ‘spin’ in Ms. Tanya’s class

By admin on April 10, 2018 in Ms. Tanya Whole school; Whole child with No Comments

Spinning tops on a rainy day sparked an interest in things that spin and how they spin and what makes them stay spinning. We explored everyday objects to see what spins and what makes them spin. The children had many wonderful examples of things that spin- bicycle pedals, wheels on a bus, fidget spinner, our globe and windmills just to name a few. We then discussed what makes them spin and what keeps them spinning. Bicycle pedals spin when you use your “feet”, “wind” spins the windmill around, the tires on a bus are controlled by the “bus engine”, we use our “fingers” to spin the fidget spinners and our “hand” to spin the globe. We also did some spin art. We placed a piece of construction paper on a lazy susan and the children took turns spinning the paper while another child dropped paint on the paper using pipettes to create some awesome designs.

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14
Mar
2018
So many letters in Ms.Tanya’s class and so much fun finding them!

So many letters in Ms.Tanya’s class and so much fun finding them!

By admin on March 14, 2018 in Ms. Tanya Whole school; Whole child with No Comments

ABCDEFG….. well you know the rest! With the children’s interest in spelling their names and letters, we turned our focus on the alphabet.
We discussed what letters are used for- “Spelling our names”, said Carter. “Making words, like names of animals and things “, said Olivia.
We sounded out letters and read words such as cat, hat, sat, bat, pop, hop Etc. The children made their own books using letter stencils. We also added foam letters to our shaving cream for a fun sensory experience. “Hey, I found an “H” for Haven”, said Haven. We used letter stamps and paint to create letter collages.

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6
Feb
2018
Getting creative with bubbles in Ms. Tanya’s class.

Getting creative with bubbles in Ms. Tanya’s class.

By admin on February 6, 2018 in Ms. Tanya Whole school; Whole child with No Comments

Our class enjoyed some good, clean fun! We used graters to grate bars of soap. This was a great exercise for our fine motor skills. We then added the soap to warm water, and for fun we added some food color. The children then took turns whisking the water to create bubbles. It then turned into a fun competition to see who could whisk faster and make more bubbles. Some of the children joined in, cheering on their friends. The mix- off continued with children grating more soap and rushing to add it to the bowls. Everyone was engaged, laughing and having fun! The children enjoyed this activity very much and are asking when we can do it again!

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1
Dec
2017
“Yummy pumpkin pie in Ms. Tanya’s class”

“Yummy pumpkin pie in Ms. Tanya’s class”

By admin on December 1, 2017 in Ms. Tanya Whole school; Whole child with No Comments

The children were very excited to make pumpkin pie this month. First, we had to get all the ingredients that we needed: one ready to eat graham cracker crust, one can of pumpkin, one can of sweetened condensed milk, 1 egg, 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/2 a teaspoon of ginger, 1/2 a teaspoon of nutmeg and 1/2 a teaspoon of salt. Then we learned the names of all the utensils that we were using, a can opener, a whisk and measuring spoons. We took turns adding all of our ingredients into a large bowl and then we whisked all the ingredients together. After pouring the pumpkin mixture into the crust we baked it in the oven for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. It came out simply delicious!

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20
Nov
2017
The Great Pumpkin Exploration in Ms. Tanya’s Class

The Great Pumpkin Exploration in Ms. Tanya’s Class

By admin on November 20, 2017 in Ms. Tanya Whole school; Whole child with No Comments

The Great Pumpkin exploration in our class has been fun and educational! We started with both a visual and hands- on observation of our pumpkin. How does it look and feel? Harper said it has a stem, Landon said it’s a sphere, Pierce said it’s really heavy.

We then made a hypothesis, what will we find inside? Seeds was the popular answer!

Then we did a visual and hands-on exploration of the inside of the pumpkin. How does it look, feel and smell? Noah said it looks yummy, Kai said it feels squishy, Lexi said it feels gooey, and Vincent said it smells like pumpkin!

We also Incorporated math into our activity. We measured our pumpkins and their stems with a tape measure. While doing so we compared the similarities and differences of our pumpkins. The children made their observations, they are all orange and round said Pierce and Kai. Their stems are different said Kai.

What can pumpkins be used for? We can plant the seeds and carve pumpkins, said Sophia. Noah and Kai said we can make pumpkin pie.
Pumpkin pie it is!….. Stay tuned!

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9
Nov
2017
Exploring Science = “chlorophyll” in Ms. Tanya’s Class

Exploring Science = “chlorophyll” in Ms. Tanya’s Class

By admin on November 9, 2017 in Ms. Tanya Whole school; Whole child with No Comments

This week we learned that as the weather gets cooler and there is less sunlight, the leaves begin to change color. The chlorophyll (green) production slows down and eventually stops.
We experimented with this process in the class. First, we ripped and mashed the green leaves and placed them in a jar with rubbing alcohol. We then placed the jar in a bowl of warm water. After an hour we observed the change in the color of the leaves. Science exploration is so much FUN in Ms. Tanya’s class.

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