Learning how to decode drawing gives us a precious insight of individuals' perspectives. For Margo, the nest looks very closely covered to create an intertwined connected base so it is a comfortable and safe home for the blue jay bird. Through her drawing she exhibits her sense of empathy toward others.
STEAM projects (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) are many ways to extend our interests across a wide curriculum area. These hands-on related bird nests and bird prototypes projects provide us lots of opportunities to develop our creative and analytical thinking whilst engaging with nature and learning about the natural wildlife around us. Brooks illustrates a thing to stand to support the nest for the bird.
Back inside we lay our natural collected materials out on the table. Nora and Margo collaborate in a way to handle the scissors while stretching the twine. By trial and error we decide that we need to create a firm framework to build the nest around. Some friends choose to build bird nests by binding sticks together with long pieces of grass. Others add the nest with moss and feathers prior to us placing the nests to sit on top of the branches of the Christmas tree.
Working with our natural materials to extend our interests, we examine related shapes to depict the composition of birds - body, wings, and head. We find patterns and build theories to explain what we see.
Engineering is using materials, crafting, designing, and building to help us understand how and why things work. When Margo figures out how to put the LEGO pieces to fit together, she is engineering.
Making connections between our inquiries to our learning experiences makes us treasure the cold weather under the warmth of the sun. Along with that, we purposely bask ourselves to enjoy making movement through music. We believe that music is also connected with nature as we hear many sounds in nature such as bird songs, raindrops and crashing waves that has a rhythmic pattern. While working on various movements with the scarves, we pose the question how do birds move into our minds.
We move the scarves up and down, in circular motions, and side to side to replicate the wings of the birds to soar, flap, turn, and land. Through fly-like-a-bird relay movement enables us to develop our understanding on the concept birds' movement of hopping, jumping, and leaping.
As we learn about giving something back to Santa on Christmas, today we extend our thinking by talking about offering something to someone else in line with the spirit of Christmas. Brooks comes up with an idea of giving a nest to the birds.
It is so interesting to see we consider each other when it comes to give something. Christmas may give us opportunities to ponder on the spirit of giving. That way we experience first-hand the exchange of emotions involved. This in turn will help connect personally with the act of giving.
To continue our journey, we look for many ways. We step outside, in this cold weather, to have a field trip to the Museum of Surrey. We think it is an opportunity for us to develop our understanding of the unknown worlds and subjects. Since we see various types of exhibits, we observe different ideas and perspectives.
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