Once again our Preps have been inspired to create beautiful art pieces based on the wonderful books we read and share. As we are focusing on what living things need to grow and change, Eric Carle’s book ‘The Tiny Seed’ was a great way to introduce what happens to a tiny seed and to follow its growth journey. The Preps worked with water colours, glitter paint, collage and pure imagination to create these stunning works of art. We were excited to see all the different effects we created by using water colours and glitter paint to create the flower petals. So many varied colours and patterns. We hope you enjoy our masterpieces!
We have watched our Hairy Heads grow and change. Our chickens changed before our very eyes. Now we need to think about how we grow and change. What do we need to help us grow? Is it the same as our Hairy Heads? Or our chickens?
We are excited to have our Preps complete their own personal time lines showing us how they have grown and changed from birth to present day. Some of the ideas we asked the Preps to think about were –
When I was born I was …. (What did I look like? What did I do? What did I need?)
When I was a toddler….(What did I look like? What did I do? What did I need?)
When I went to kinder…. (What did I look like? What did I do? What did I need?)
Now I’m at school… (What do you look like? What do you do? What do you need?)
Over the coming days the Preps will share their special stories.
We were very lucky to have some very special visitors to Prep K. Jessie’s baby brother Aubrey and their Mum Bridie came to see us and talk about what babies need to grow and change. Aubrey is such a happy baby who is growing and changing so quickly. We loved his cheeky smile!
We learnt that babies need lots of love and care to keep them happy and healthy.
Sean Babies need love.
Eva Babies need lots of sleep then their brain can get working.
Reece Babies need milk because they only drink milk.
Jessie Babies need lots and lots of healthy food.
Luke Babies need dummies to help them stop crying.
What do you need to grow and change?
We have learnt so much about how a chicken is born and what our little chicks need to grow and change. Here are our discoveries.
I noticed that the eggs will hatch when they start to cheep inside the egg.
I learnt that chicks drink water and eat food. Chicks have beaks and run around in the playpen.
I learnt that the chicks eat Weetbix crumble and there can be black and golden chicks. The black chicks come out of the white eggs and the golden chicks come out of the brown eggs.
I learnt that chickens eat food and drink water.
I learnt that chicks hatch out of the egg with their tooth.
I learnt that hens look after their babies. They have the eggs in the nest and sit on them to keep them safe and warm.
I learnt that the black chicks come out of the white eggs and the gold chicks come out of the brown eggs.
I discovered that they crack the egg with their tooth. The hen sits on the eggs to keep them warm.
I learnt that chicks grow older and get feathers. They turn into a hen.
I noticed that the chicks were starting to grow their grown up feathers. I discovered that the chicks are nearly all identical.
I learnt that the chicks use their beak to hatch. Chicks grow into a hen and lay eggs.
I learnt that the chicks grow into mother hens. Chicks drink water and eat food.
I learnt that the egg hatches by the chick using their tooth,
I learnt that chicks use their tooth to hatch out of the egg. The chicks can be yellow and black.
I noticed that the chicks peck out of their shell. The eggs were white and brown.
I learnt that the chicks hatch using their beak. They drink water.
I discovered that chicks can almost fly.
I discovered the chickens have an egg tooth to crack the egg.
I discovered that the chicks needed water and food and warmth to grow.
I discovered that the chickens eat seeds.
I discovered there are black chickens and they come out of white eggs.
I discovered that the chicks use their egg tooth to hatch out of their egg.
I discovered that chickens flap their wings but they can’t fly.
I discovered that the chicks grow new feathers.
I discovered that the chicks peck out of their egg with their egg tooth.
I discovered that when the chicks come out of the egg they speak first.
I discovered that when the chicks get REALLY tall they can stretch out their necks.
I discovered that the chicks can grow bigger.
I discovered that black chickens come out of white eggs and yellow chickens come out of brown eggs.
I discovered that the chicks need the light to make them warm.
I discovered that chickens can fly a little bit but they don’t fly a lot.
I discovered that the chicks can run fast and jump high.
I discovered that when the chicks hatch they can walk by themselves.
We are very proud of our Preps and all that they have learnt about how living things grow and change.
What have you discovered? What have you noticed? What have you learnt?
We could not believe how quickly our little chicks started to grow and change. We noticed that their baby down feathers were being replaced with new feathers. We also noticed that our slightly older chicks had begun to grow tail feathers! They were also becoming more active and fluttery in the playpen. It was time for our little chicks to go to their new home on the farm. We have loved watching them grow and change. We have also learnt so much about what living things need to grow. We think that all living things need lots of love to help them grow!
Here we are holding our chicks. They felt warm and soft. We were very careful to hold them properly so that they would feel safe and comfortable. We will miss our chicks especially their lovely cheeping sounds that greeted us everyday.
We have been very excited to welcome some special visitors to the Prep classrooms this week. The Henny Penny Hatching program has allowed us to watch the miracle of new life. We are also learning how to care for our chicks and that they need lots of things to help them grow and change. We will post our discoveries next week.
We were very lucky to watch one of our chicks hatch right before our eyes. In the words of one of our Prep’s – ‘It’s adorable!’
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Our Inquiry for this term is all about what living things need to grow and change. To start, we needed to think about living and non living things. We sorted pictures into the categories of Living, Used to be living and Non-Living. This helped us to think about what do living things need to grow and change? To help us find out we planted our very own Hairy Heads! We will watch (observe) what happens to our Hairy Heads over the coming days and weeks and we will record (collect data) some of our observations just like real scientists do.
Here are our Hairy Heads!
I wonder what will happen?
How will our Hairy Heads grow and change?
What do you think our Hairy Heads will need to grow and change?
Here are our reflections of our first term at school.