observing sunflowers

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been settling into new routines and getting to know each other.  Since this is our first official blog post for the school year, I’d like to take a moment to welcome all of our new families.  I hope you find the blog enjoyable and that you visit often!

I love this time of year.  The air is becoming crisp and the leaves are beginning to show some of their vibrant colours.  Sunflowers are abundant and add bursts of colour in local grocery stores,  flower shops and farmers’ markets.  Why not add some of these beautiful blooms to the classroom?  A bouquet was placed in the Discovery Centre as a provocation.  Several of the children were interested in the flowers.  Here are a few of their early observations:

Bumblebees come to sunflowers.    

Right in there is the nectar.

There’s water inside.  The sunflowers are moving.

Seeds! (pointing to the middle.)

Sunflowers make seeds.  When it rains, seeds come out.

The other flowers are not ok.  These ones are broken.  The petals.  Just a few of them.

Some of the flowers didn’t have lots of sunshine.

They are drooping.

Too much water, they get sick.

Some children drew their observations.  I was puzzled as to why one of the children drew her hand, so I asked her to tell me about her picture.  She said, “I touch sunflowers.”  Of course!  Her picture makes perfect sense.  Everyday, I learn a new lesson.  What we “read” from a child’s picture is not necessarily the message they are trying to convey.  We need to continually ask questions to help them communicate their thinking.


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