We started by exploring weather. What is it? What makes it? Why is it? What would happen without it? Why is ours different? What weather would we like to have here?
Then we moved into Things in the Sky. The first day, they discussed obvious things. God, Jesus, the sun, the moon, stars, clouds, and planes.
The second day, they started thinking on a broader plane. Hot air balloons. Rocket ships. Different kinds of planes. They even added birds and bugs.
The third day, they expanded even more to add helicopters, all sorts of weather, all sorts of bugs, astronauts, the people in the planes, helicopters, and rocket ships, and everyone in Heaven.
Every day, I added something new to our classroom entrance display after they brought it up and discussed it.
The fourth day, they added parachutes, those wire things you slide down(zip lines), the tops of trees, and hang gliders. Clouds became white clouds, black clouds, light gray clouds, and dark gray clouds. They also added in the planets of our solar system and aliens.
I did not suggest any of the things in the sky. We only chatted about things, and they came up with all of them on their own. Every day, they came in excited to talk about something else they realized was in the sky. Yesterday, I was hoping they would add parachutes, and they did. Right on target. Excitedly, we jumped in a ‘plane’, rode it up to the sky, opened the door, looked out at the world below, and jumped. Afterward, we explored aerial photographs from all over the world and talked about what we were looking at. We even looked at our preschool. Then we painted our own aerial views.
I’m excited about where they will take us today. Will we fly to the moon?
The kids arrived, we began the day with music and movement followed by some yoga, then we got down to business, where I was informed by the group that ladybugs fly in the sky, therefore, the Grumpy Ladybug flies in the sky, so we must read The Grumpy Ladybug by Eric Carle today.
We did, then we built ladybugs with colored paper. They designed, drew, and cut their own ladybugs with no direction from me other than giving them paper and telling them that we were going to build ladybugs.
The result was a lot of discussion and pride because the lesson grew with them rather than me forcing them to do what was on the books for today. The same results were accomplished, but there was no damper on their creativity. We still worked on handwriting, math, and science, it was just tailored to ladybugs today.
What a wonderful brain children have.