Through the Little Gate A Reggio Inspired Discovery Day
McGehee’s Little Gate April 27, 2012
Presented by the Bunnies This year the Bunnies have particularly enjoyed playing with bubbles during outdoor playtime. The teachers have used bubble play as a way to promote language development, enhance motor coordination, practice spatial awareness and illustrate the investigation of cause and effect. The Bunnies invite you to the Green Grass area to share with you their love of bubbles!
Come enjoy some outdoor play with your buddy: • Paint with colored bubbles. • Use pipe cleaners to create your very own bubble wand. • Pop, catch and blow bubbles with a friend. • Get inside of our life-‐sized bubbles.
presented by the Ducks
The Ducks’ exploration of Robots began with a discussion by the children and we have spent the last few weeks diving into this unit. The Ducks have enjoyed tinkering with gears, manipulating loose parts and creating robots using open-‐ended materials The Ducks invite you to come into the Robot Factory where you can tinker, build, create, collaborate, think “outside the box” and be a part of our story, “how the robot factory grew in our classroom.” Robot stations for you and your buddy to enjoy: • Manipulate, observe and play with loose robot parts. • Tinker at our trays of open-‐ended materials. • Get your creative juices flowing and dress up like a robot. • Collaborate with us to make a giant robot. • Let loose and talk like a robot in our giant fan. • Stop at our documentation board to see “How we became the Robot Factory.”
Presented by the Fireflies Please come into the Firefly room and “turn on your listening ears.” We are excited to share with you a very important unit that the Fireflies are focusing on right now. They hope to become more aware of sounds in their environment and become better listeners to the world around them. We hope you will encounter a variety of different sounds, make your own sounds, explore what give sounds’ meaning, and encourage your buddy to ask questions about the sounds we hear. Please enjoy our documentation of how this unit is helping the Fireflies become better listeners to their friends and teachers. Turn your listening ears on and: • “Talk on the phone" with your buddy. • Tap to a musical beat at the shoe-‐tapping center. • Create sound with your feet in the "sound sensory tubs." • Paint to music wearing headphones with your buddy. • Make your own music using a variety of materials.
Presented by the Frogs & Turtles Welcome to the Frog/Turtle Café! Our favorite unit this year was cooking, so we want to you to come and explore different textures, smells, and tastes. During this unit we talked about where our food comes from, what types of food we like to eat, and ways we can help in the kitchen at home. Dive into our tasty art and delicious activities!
Grab your apron and get cooking in the following stations: • Order up some pancakes with your favorite toppings. • Collaborate with noodles to create pasta art. • Use vegetables and stamp on a chef hat. • Make your own Fruit Loop necklace. • Be sure to stop by the pizza play dough station. • Put your senses to test at our smell station.
Presented by the Aqua Elephants The Aqua Elephants invite you to experience the inspiring world of Artists. Throughout this school year, the children have learned about the artists themselves and the many different styles of art they used to create their paintings and drawings. The Aqua Elephants have used this knowledge as inspiration to create their own interpretations of these styles and have chosen a few of their favorites to share with you today. Come be an artist for the morning by participating in these activities: • Experience painting upside down Michelangelo style. • Drip style paint in Little Gate Park like Jackson Pollock. • Collage with glue and paper like Henri Matisse. • Use sunflowers still life and paint like Vincent Van Gogh. • Collaborate with nature and create your own art like Andy Goldsworthy. • Paint your own “Blue Dog” in honor of local artist, George Rodrigue. • Use oil pastels to create a “Scream” drawing like Edward Munch.
“Hedgie’s Habitat” Presented by the Ruby Elephants
Come in to learn all about our wonderful school pet, “Hedgie.” Hedgie is a nine month old, female African Pygmy hedgehog. The Ruby Elephants have had a yearlong study on hedgehogs and are eager to share our knowledge and love of these amazing animals with you. The Ruby Elephants have learned how to care for our pet, build her playgrounds indoors and out, and learn about what she enjoys to do each day. Since having a pet is a huge responsibility, we have added a "Hedgie Helper" to our daily routine. Each day one child makes sure that Hedgie's cage is clean and she has fresh food and water. Come enjoy Hedgie’s World by participating these activities: • Burrow like Hedgie in a pile of shavings. • Sculpt your own Hedgie out of clay. • Experience the sights and sounds of a nocturnal environment. • Experience how Hedgie enjoys her exercise equipment!
Presented by the Sunshine Elephants The Sunshine Elephants have grown so much during our three-‐ month unit on games. They hope that you too can experience the joys and lessons they have learned during this unit. This is a room where you can practice your cooperative play skills through taking turns, learn the importance of following the rules of a game, and learn how to show good sportsmanship by using words of encouragement with friends whether they are winning or losing. We hope you will have as much fun playing some of our favorite games as we do! Be sure to have your “Game Face” on for these activities: • Read our very own I Spy Book and observe our I Spy Jars. • Put your thinking cap on for a game of Memory. • Use your gross motor skills in a log race and Hopscotch. • Enjoy video documentation of the children playing a few of their favorite games.
Presented by the Violet Elephants Welcome to the Violet Elephant classroom where we are sharing with you our study on “lines.” The children have learned that the line is one of the most basic elements of art and that there are many types of lines used in art. Our wish is that you will be able to see that lines have expression, that you can use different lines to create a different feeling or mood in a piece of artwork and that we are surrounded by lines in our everyday lives. We invite you to come in and see what you can do with lines! Come to the below centers to explore with lines: • Manipulate wiki sticks on a mirrored table to create a line sculpture. • Become Harold and the Purple Crayon at our large drawing board. • Use rollers and scrapers at the light table create different lines in sand. • Add to our collaborative Kandinsky inspired canvas using sharpies and watercolors. • Use your fine motor skills to stretch rubber bands on the geoboard to create lines.
The Art Studio
Presented by Ms. Rita
Little Gate’s Art Studio is a place for exploration, discovery, and the expression of ideas. We use open-‐ended materials, found objects, and recycled treasures to express our creativity. It is also a place to become familiar with a wide variety of art materials, including paint, watercolor, pastels, collage materials, textiles, clay, wood, etc. Ms. Rita invites you today to come, create, and share your ideas using "non-‐messy" materials.