The Diving Dolphins have been more interested in alligators and crocodiles then dolphins. The kids have been fascinated by these scaly critters, so the team has been finding ways to explore them further. They created a large cardboard and canvas alligator that the kids named "Star Wars". Deciding that Star Wars needed a home, they investigated his habitat and made him a swamp. The kids hiked down to the retention pond and collected cat-tails to attach to his swamp. The kids are reading books and creating their own facts about Star Wars: "My name is Star Wars. I live in a swamp. I eat fish and snakes. I make chomp chomp sounds. My family is all of us (classroom friends). I like to play volleyball with my family". One student has decided that if there is going to be another classroom alligator, his name will be named "Vol-tron". Obviously.
The Mighty Mes are a group of movers and shakers. Their love of construction led them into a study of builders. They discussed all they know about builders ("They have tape measures" Parker informs the class. "I have tape measures too, just like buildings" adds Sebastian"). The class even created raucous and action packed art by painting with hammers!
And lastly, one that made me laugh each time I saw it last week: A parent in in the Space Invaders Class has a broken ankle. This is of course an amazing thing for a kid to wrap their brain around. It is fascinating yes, but did you know it was also a Space Invader fashion phenomenon? Kids have begun requesting a paper cast for THEIR broken ankles. The trend is spreading (as trends do) and this is suddenly a group of very accident prone kids. Get well soon guys, or don't and keep learning all you can about broken bones!