Stems: money, restaurant play and new sand on the playground!

Stems: money, restaurant play and new sand on the playground!

January 4th, 2018

Happy new year!

                                                                                                                    Leila re-telling the story of “The Three Bears” to friends after lunch.

2019 is off to a great start in the Stem’s classroom! We picked up where we left off before the holiday and since some members of our class are still on vacation we have had a smaller group this week.  As you will remember before we left, one of the things we have been exploring is numbers and the concept of money.  This week we added some more items to our number tray, several members of our class were interested in looking at the 100 chart and using it along with number tiles.

Others explored the collections on our tray which currently include small shells, buttons and various sized wooden circles.  The collections led to lots of sorting and comparing.

We also added coins into our pretend area.  Following a group discussion in which the Stems suggested ways we might use the coins, they were immediately incorporated into pretend play.  Many members of our class started taking food orders, cooking up pretend meals and collecting coins as payment.

In the Stems, we are always on the lookout for ways to support our emerging writers, so when we saw all of the food orders happening in the pretend area, we suggested they use clipboards to keep track of the orders.  This caught on quickly and soon they were going around the classroom writing down orders, preparing and delivering meals.

We noticed one of the Stems use a book as a pretend menu which led us to add some real menus to our pretend area on Friday.  Incorporating real environmental print into pretend play gives us opportunities to talk about the many ways we see words and numbers in our daily lives.

If you are out and about this weekend and have a chance to pick up a take-out menu from one of your favorite restaurants, please send it in with your child. While we already have some menus to play with, we would love to expand our selection.

A few members of our class continue to be curious about how money is made.  They noticed that some of our coins are real pennies and the rest are made from plastic.

They carefully sorted out the pennies from the plastic coins and pretended to use a machine to “cook the coins”.  Ryan explained that he thinks you have to melt the metal to make more coins, perhaps this will lead to some more research and discussions about how money is made.

On the playground, the Stems were thrilled to see new sand and woodchips!  The sand area was busy all week with digging, pretend cooking as well as providing a soft landing for big jumps!

We also took ribbons out onto the playground.  On Wednesday, Rowan showed everyone a long ribbon waver she brought in from home and this inspired us to take our ribbons outside.  (You will remember we had a large collection of ribbons in use in the pretend area before vacation).  Some of the Stems used the ribbons to decorate sand structures, a few decorated parts of the playground and others used the ribbons as long ribbon wavers as part of their play.

Finally, we celebrated Emma’s birthday on Friday, with a birthday book, birthday card making and a lively singing of “Happy Birthday.”  We wish Emma a very happy birthday!

                                                                                                                                                    Everyone calling out “Happy Birthday Emma!”

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  • Ms. Inga & Ms. Soni