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Sounds In Our Enviroment

On Wednesday afternoon, Sophie asked to have the vacuum turned off because the sound scared her. Her comment prompted our discussion today as to how environmental sounds cause certain feelings to arise.  We revisited the sounds we heard on our walk and discussed if any feelings arose from hearing these sounds.  None did but the children recalled hearing thunder the previous week.  The children found the loudness of the sound of thunder scary. We ended group time by playing charades.  We took turns expressing different emotions and ideas through the use of sound.


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Verdi, a young python, does not want to change.  The last thing he wants his to turn from his beautiful yellow to boring green. Verdi tries to change his colour back to yellow by scrubbing his skin and then covering it with mud. Nothing works.  He notices that the sky is bright yellow just like he used to be. Verdi launches himself from the treetops certain that his flight will change him back to yellow.

How did Verdi fly through the air? What a great opportunity to learn about catapults. Elastics and popsicle sticks were the only materials need to build a catapult.  First the children, used plastic snakes to sail through the area.  It was delightful to hear the excitement and the laughter as the children made  their "Verdi" fly.

I asked the children which would travel farther; a plastic snake or a pompom.  Most of the children though the heavier item, the snake, would travel a further distance.  The children were amazed at how far and how high a pompom could move.