For Earth Week, we celebrated in many different ways through art, music, and books. On Arbor Day, we welcomed Zach Hall (Rowan’s dad), who works as an arborist in Iowa City. Before he spoke (to calm our bodies), we pretended to be trees seedlings, then saplings, then we grew tall into the sky. Zach came last fall too and talked about how the leaves change color. After we learned more about his job, we asked more questions like” How does the bark talk to the leaves?” “How can trees talk to each other?” We learned words like chlorophyll and photosynthesis. We learned that trees give off pheromones to talk to each other. Lauren helped us sing the Earth Day song and then we listened to a book simply titled Trees. After, we walked out to see our tree named Opportunity. We hugged her, thanked her, and just sat in silence with her. When everyone left, Zach brought tree saplings for each Preucil family to plant a tree or find a home for the tree. It was a wonderful way to end our day and start our weekend on this beautiful Earth.
We continue to explore exciting things this spring. Recently, we have started looking at photography including famous photographers like Ansel Adams and Dorthea Lange. We looked at the earliest cameras that were invented and talked about the difference between digital (instant) photos and photos that take time to see the image after getting developed. Some kids will be taking disposable cameras home to shoot images over the weekend. For practice, we used rectangular frames to walk around the classroom to “frame” exactly what we wanted in our photo. During circle time, we did a photo scavenger hunt. One at a time, a child was given a chance to capture a photo of things on the list of things to capture.. We explored close-ups and photos from far away. The kids on the carpet waited with anticipation to see the images when the “photo scavenger” returned to the group. Here is a sample of some of their photos:
1. Something with the alphabet. 2. Something with animals. 3. Something bumpy.
4. Something musical. 5. Something we can build. 6. Something reflective.
In coming weeks we will make our own pinhole cameras from scratch and develop our photos from disposable cameras to see which ones that we want to display at the the PS1 art show on May 2.
"A camera teaches you to see without a camera." ~ Dorothea Lange