The Whales have been learning to study the world around them with mindful eyes, mindful ears (a.k.a. Listening Like a Ninja) and mindful bodies. We took this mindfulness practice with us as we explored the apples growing in our piazza this week. We noticed tiny details, and recorded and shared those details with friends. We made hypotheses about why many of our apples have small holes in them. We cut them open and looked inside using our Proscope. Whales think “something might be living in them!”.
We listened to an oral storytelling of the book The Apple Cake by Nienke van Hitchum - a story of kindness and sharing. We spent time acting out the story, remembering the tiny details and and sequence of events so we could share it with friends.
We used our engineering skills to build amazing structures out of apples and toothpicks. We tried to make our apple towers tall and strong!
Whales played some new math games this week that strengthened our number sense and helped make us number detectives!
And finally, Whales have been growing their reading brains as they stretch and improve their stamina for sitting with a book. We have been using our Linger Finger to tell the story on our own by noticing tiny details in the pictures. Whales are joyous readers!