We had a busy month in 3 day!
We focused on larger, mobile building parts in our stage space. We brought out the 'big' wooden blocks, giant tinker toys and cardboard mondo building blocks. This was a fun way to mix up our indoor play area and work collaboratively, sharing space and materials for a common goal!
We were lucky to have Smitha, who teaches classical Indian dance at the University of Iowa visit our classroom. She read a book and taught us about the Hindu holiday, Diwali. Diwali is commonly referred to as the festival of lights in India and is celebrated by many as the victory of light over darkness. She read us a story, danced and even shared homemade kulfi, a sweet carrot milk drink called kulfi and a fudge like treat called barfi. We made Indian-Inspired beaded door decorations and will continue to make art influenced by what we learned.
We are writing individual and small group books, modeled by the fiction and non-fiction books we read in our class every day. We will include photographs, hand drawn or painted illustrations and text. Each book will have a subject or theme we collect images around and then we begin to build our book. Here is a preview on a book about friendship:
We ended the month with our annual Halloween parade. This month, the snow fell before Halloween, so we were happy to celebrate in costume in Walder Hall. We were lead by our beloved Marit, in a Twinkle theme march, followed by treats with our families and afternoon friends!