February 3, 2021 | Bridget O'Dowd
We are deep in our study of light now. We began a few weeks ago by thinking about what we already know about light and doing research using the books in our classroom library.
Here are some of the thoughts the kindergarten students had about light before our study:
Light has different colors. -Trixie
It helps you to see in the dark. -Adriana
Light can look different. -Chryssa
It is bright. -Eliza
Light can shine through glass. -Siddharth
It stops darkness. -Devin
Traffic lights have 3 colors of lights. -Devin
The sun is a bright light. -Lucien
Light comes from energy. -Preston
Light can be bright. -Nariah
Street lights helped me see light on the snow. -Abby
We can’t see each other, we see the light. -Solymar
The sun is the brightest star. -Ezra
Light is hot. – SophiAna
Energy and wind can make electricity. -Annika
Windmills can create electricity and light. -Cole
Light can spread. -Elli
Light switches turn light on and off. -Jacob
Light bulbs give off light. -Leo
In the Studio, the children have been exploring light in many ways.
In sculpture, children have chosen their own light source to sculpt.
In drama, children have been using their bodies, a light, and a screen to explore light. They have used their bodies to create shadows, built structures with interesting shadows, and no using shadow puppet vehicles to tell stories!
The light table has been to place to explore how light shines through objects. We’ve been using this light table with translucent shapes for building and observing how light travels through materials. We just learned the words opaque, translucent, and transparent. We’re trying to sort our objects in each of these categories!
In the classroom, children have been trying to create a circuit to turn on a light with our snap circuits. They have been using the light bright to create designs. They have also explored how to make light bounce, reflection, or light to bend, refraction!
We love when children share their own light sources! They are welcome to continue to bring in sources of light to share and if they’d like, can leave them on our display shelf during our study!