Our Junior Kindergarten motto is: “The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it, and turn it inside out” (author unknown).
We certainly used our curiosity during our study of fall, by allowing the children opportunities to explore pumpkins. Our pumpkin adventures began with a trip to a local farm and pumpkin patch, where the children each chose their own pumpkins. When we returned, our little scientists began to use their five senses to explore and discover all that they could about pumpkins.
Comparing sizes, noticing shades of color, measuring, making and testing predictions about whether pumpkins will float or sink, and drawing their pumpkins required them to use their sense of sight.
They felt different textures on the pumpkin shells and stems, as well as, the ooey gooey insides. The children noticed that the pumpkins were quiet, when they explored with their sense of hearing, and either loved or loathed the smell when we opened the pumpkins to check out the insides.
Students also had an opportunity to taste roasted pumpkin seeds and other pumpkin treats during snack time.
Check out our video (below) to catch our Junior Kindergarten students in action, “living” our grade’s character trait, “Curious.”
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