Pike Road Schools
Mrs. Cobb's Kindergarten Community
February 19, 2016
The Food Project
This week Ms. Townsend helped us deepen our understanding of how fruit and plants grow. The children examined a sweet potato.
"Sweet potatoes grow from plants. We measured the sweet potato. We did it with cubes. It was 6 cubes long. We put it in the water. We wanted to see if it would float and it floated" (Ava).
They learned a new song about the parts of a plant. They graphed the differences between living and non-living things.
"A living thing is a person or animals, or plants. Plants can have flowers and they can look different" (Breah).
Some books from our week
How To Books
We love Lilly Grace!
The Benefits of Sensory Play
Below is a portion of Suzanne Gainsley's article on sensory play:
"We know that young children are oriented toward sensory experiences. From birth, children have learned about the world by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, and hearing. Sensory play also contributes in crucial ways to brain development. Think of it as “food for the brain.” Stimulating the senses sends signals to children’s brains that help to strengthen neural pathways important for all types of learning. For example, as children explore sensory materials, they develop their sense of touch, which lays the foundation for learning other skills, such as identifying objects by touch, and using fine-motor muscles. The materials children work with at the sand and water table have many sensory attributes — they may be warm or cool, wet or dry, rough or smooth, hard or soft, textured or slimy. Discovering and differentiating these characteristics is a first step in classification, or sorting."