Today we talked about scientists. Simon was the only one who answered our question with a yes about a paleontologist. I asked him to tell us what a paleontologist did, and he explained that they dig up and look at old buried bones. I asked the kids what other kinds of scientists they knew about. Someone said Biologists, but that seemed to be the extent of their knowledge. We talked about Chemists and Trisha brought up astrophysicists. Liam mentioned astronauts and after that our discussion ended. We will be talking about different scientists throughout our job discussions, so if you have a specific scientist that you would like us to talk about, please let me know!
Outside, Trisha had from five to eight kids mainly shooting alien bad guys. The kids had built shooters with the tubes and began shooting. I wasn’t there at the start so I’m not sure if it naturally went to shooting at other things or if Trisha helped to steer it that way. When I came out, there was already an elaborate story regarding bad aliens who were shooting out the sun. Rowan explained to me that they needed to shoot the sun until the color changed back to yellow and they had to keep the aliens from shooting at the sun at the same time. Creative, not forcing an agenda, and everyone having fun? Seemed okay to see it through.
Inside at the art table, we continued with our project using tape on matte board to create a negative image. The difference was that rather than chalk, we used tempera to paint over the tape. The kids were bummed when they found out they couldn’t take the tape off until the paint dried, but they quickly adjusted.
The dry table still has the chicken feed, but instead of the tubes for pouring there was a stand of trees and some wild animals – lions, tigers, giraffes, elephants, rhinos, and hippos. I like watching how they make everything work together and the stories they come up with around the animals.
My thanks to Trisha and Kristen for all of their help today!