"If a child is to keep alive his/her inborn sense of wonder...he/she need the companionship fo at lease one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him/her the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." (Rachel Carson, Sense of Wonder)
We have a class fish, which we've had for a while now. Each day the line leader feeds our fish, and this is one of the very important jobs he/she has in thier role. The fish is blue, we call him "the fish".
This week (Jan. 9-12) we will be getting another class pet! I won't spoil the surprise but make sure to ask your child about what kind of animal we have!
As we learn about our new class animal we will be discussing 'what we already know' and 'what we want or need to learn' about this new creature living in our space with us. We will use a variety of sources to find our information including non-fiction books from the library, the internet, youtube, and Mrs Turner (our resident animal expert). As we observe our new pet in class we will be using magnifying glasses, clipboards, pencils, markers, paper, photos, etc as well in order to study and learn about this new animal.
As the students observe our new pet, I will be paying special attention to what they are noticing and what questions they are asking. We will share this excitement and wonder together, I will model curiosity and learning (this is new for me as well), we will call attention to our discoveries, and make note of patterns, features and changes we see together. What a wonderful learning adventure!
We will be sharing what we learn with you when we come home! Parent's are always welcome to come visit our class pets too! There may come a time when you may be asked to take care of them over breaks:)
Mrs. White (January 8, 2017)