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  • Marisa Ramsey

Smart Start Week 5 - Friday

For the second time this year, our Question of the Day was "What do you think is in the bag?" This question is always fun and exciting. Some students try to work out the logical answer. We love that they stop and think about what we are learning and give an answer in that direction. Then there are the answers full of excitement and hope like "dinosaurs" and "diamonds"! Whether the answers are logical or whimsical, we love them all. They show each child's unique perspective and personality.

You may notice that some days our easel has a little extra writing on it. When a child asks for the marker so they can write something on the board, we say, "Absolutely!" These moments show that our young learners are making the connection between ideas and written language. We encourage every step towards writing. These contributions to our list are valuable and honored!

During Circle Time, Mrs. Debbie introduced the concept of pattern. She showed the students how their answers were in a pattern of green, orange, green, orange.

Next, it was time to discover what was in that bag! Before we looked, Mrs. Debbie let each child reach in and see if they could identify the mystery object by feel.

"Ew! It's wet!"

"Is it cheese?"

"It's not wet, but it's soft."

It's silk! The mystery object was corn silk. Mrs. Debbie explained how the silk is soft and that we find it inside the husk. We used the silk to remind students that, just like corn, the letter C is sometimes hard and sometimes soft.

Parachute Popcorn was so much fun we had to bring that back on Friday!

After a snack, we went back to our exploration of corn. We gave each child their own piece of corn to shuck. We talked about how corn grows on tall stalks spent time removing the husks and silk.

We took our freshly shucked corn back to the art room and used it to make beautiful prints!

We had some sweet visitors on Friday afternoon. Some of the Russell County Public Library staff stopped by to bring us a sweet gift and card in honor of Good Neighbor Day. We are incredibly blessed with a fantastic library and amazing library staff. We appreciate their generous and continued support of ArtWorks and Smart Start. They are very good neighbors!

More Friday fun...

See you next week, Smart Start!

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