Everyone arrived today in their layers of clothes, along with hats and gloves. As a teacher, I dressed not warmly enough for my class yesterday-so today I had on a turtleneck shirt, fleece, warm jacket and waterproof coat. I didn't forget my hat or gloves, waterproof pants and fleece pants and waterproof boots. In the Northwest we are all about the right clothing! But I know that it worked for me today. I wasn't cold for a minute! And I could take off a layer if I needed to. Better warm and dry than not!
That said, we had some fun gathering today and playing with another set of cool blocks that Teacher Jen brought in. Magnetic blocks. We put the buzz in the kids' ears that magnets have two sides, positive and negative and need the opposite in order to stick together. We believe that learning can take place anywhere and anytime and non-invasive learning is the easiest. I'm not sure if anyone was listening today about plus and minus poles for magnets. But my guess is that they will eventually hear it.
Circle time was all about salmon. Some of the kids raised their hands and told us a little about their experiences at the salmon hatchery. Some had seen the salmon in the stream nearby. As we talked about the life cycle of the salmon, (ask your child about "it happens over and over and over again" and they may make a motion with their hands...) we learned how the female salmon lay their eggs in the gravel at the bottom of the stream and the male fertilize the eggs. Then both of the parents die and fertilize the forest. We had fun acting out the life cycle by beginning as eggs, hatching as fry and growing in to smolt before we swam out to the ocean. When we swam back up the rivers and streams to find our birth place in order to lay eggs, we followed our sense of smell. The kids loved being salmon and "swimming" around.