Teton Valley Campus Preschool – The Magpies
This morning we got right to work chopping apples for Apple Surprise!
We wondered… What is Apple Surprise?
“These apples put them in the oven, put them in for a long time then they puff up” thought Wren.
“I think we’re making apple flowers,” shared Leo, “Look at the pattern its making!”
“Apple surprise is like bumps,” noticed Jaymes.
“I think we’re gonna make applesauce,” guessed Leo.
“N0 – not with those ingredients,” Jaymes shared.
“Making apple juice,” Frankie thought.
“When I make apple cider my mom and dad say to do small pieces,” Lucy shared.
At morning meeting, we passed around the ingredients so that we could really think about what this apple surprise was all about! We used all our senses to observe the ingredients. There were apples, oatmeal, butter, sugar, and cinnamon. Then, Lulu shared with us the big surprise! Apple Surprise can be whatever we want it to be!
Jhett, Brooke, Hayden, Wren, Tobie, and Jaymes came together to form the Apple Surprise Committee. Together, they decided how much of each ingredient to add to the apple surprise. They mixed and stirred the pot.
Is there anything else we should add? “Water!” suggested Tobie.
Then it was time to put the pot on the fire! We wore animal skin gloves to protect our hands while we cooked on the fire.
Most of us agreed that apple surprise turned out to be a really good surprise!
Today the Magpies began the process of digging deep into something that has been creating lots of interest and questions in our classroom. Maps! Wonderings about mapping and maps have helped the teachers to ask these questions:
What do maps show us?
How do we use maps?
How do we use mapping to show movement, design, space, and perspective?
What kinds of things can we map?
We began our project investigation by asking an important question at morning meeting: what do you know about maps?
“They help you look for things.” -Lucy
“It helps find something.” – Tobie
“Maps can lead you to places.” – Frankie
“Maps could lead you to school!” -Jaymes
“They can take you on a treasure map.” -Brooke
“Penguins go on maps.” -Cody
“I know what…maps can teach you about a place.” -George
“Maps take you to a place & then another place.” -Ash
“Maps help you when you get lost.” -Leo
“I remember when me and Jaymes made maps yesterday.” -Corbin
“When a person gets lost, their mom finds them with a map.” -Wren
In the new map zone, many of us spent time studying, designing, and creating different maps. We explored paper maps of familiar places within our circles, such as Teton Valley, Targhee, and the United States.
“It’s a map of my world! Sometimes I have to fly to Idaho. My grandma lives up here. We have to fly to her. -Annie
Anders, George, Leo, and Corbin studied a map of Targhee. After finding out where each lift was, they began to recognize and define certain parts of the map as they connect to their memory of it.
“Oh! A map of Targhee! I’ve been all the way up there.” -George
“I’ve been right there.” -Anders
“So, Targhee is way up there!” -Leo
“Guess where I’ve been. Right there!” -Anders
“Oh yeah! The mouse house!” -Leo
Since tomorrow we are going to the woods, a small group of friends got together to create a map of the route from school to the woods.
“This is the bus. We need 2!” -Lucy
“This is road. These are the mountains that we see.” -Frankie
“This is the bridge we go over. And the ice rink!!” -Jaymes
“This line goes to school.” -Genevieve
We added important details like Victor Valley Market, the ice rink, and the blue rivers that we go by. Tobie and Lucy agreed that we definitely need this map on the bus with us tomorrow.
Leo was determined to climb into the tree. Luckily, Corbin and Buzby had just completed the same climbing route that Leo was working on. Corbin and Buzby stood on either side of the limb Leo was climbing up, recounting how they climbed up that same limb so that Leo could do it to. Corbin and Buzby stayed close to Leo until he was perched high on a branch, offering support and advice the whole way up. Leo felt proud of himself. His body did all the climbing on its own, he just needed some words of support from his friends on the ground. Lucy, Annie, and Claire climbed high into the tree. Sometimes they felt nervous but they trusted their bodies and moved safely among the branches. When Annie was ready to climb down she began to feel a little extra nervous. Luckily, Lucy was right by her side to support her. Lucy used her words to help guide Annie to the ground. “You need to peek your head over… move your head under the branch… put your hand there,” Lucy said. After Annie was on the ground, Ash shared that he wanted some help to climb the tree. “If you need support I’m right here!” Lucy reminded him.