After Nadine's talk about how babies grow in a mommy's tummy, we wanted to know about how babies grow and develop after they are born. We invited Mrs Li, Minzhe's mom to come in, and answer our questions.
Siena: How old is he?
Siena: Can he stand up?
Just a little. By holding the table.
Griff: What does he do all the time?
Play. He plays a lot. He cries if he's hungry.
Siena: What does he eat?
Powdered milk for breakfast.
Johnny: What's that?
Griff: It's milk that is in powder form. You add hot water to it.
He eats rice and meat and vegetables for lunch and dinner. He also eats fruit for snack.
Shotaro: For health?
Yes, for health.
Siena: Is he scared of people he doesn't know?
Griff: If someone comes that he doesn't know will he like run away... or crawl away, I mean?
No, he'll crawl to me.
Arwyn: Because you are his mom. He feels safe with you.
Minzhe: My baby brother can jump like this.
Siena: Does he know how to draw?
No, he can't even hold a pencil yet.
Ms Leah: Does he have any teeth?
Ms Leah: How does he eat the meat and vegetables?
It has to be ground into tiny parts.
Griff: Can he wear shoes?
Johnny: He doesn't need them. You carry him everywhere.
Siena: Does he sleep in a crib?
Minzhe: Sometimes he pulls my ear, or my mom's hair.
Ms Leah: How many times a day do you change his diapers?
5-6 times a day.
Ms Leah: What does he like to play with?
All kinds of things. His toys, erasers, pens, books and cups. But sometimes he cannot because sometimes it will hurt him.
Minzhe: Sometimes once a day he doesn't want to eat and throws his food.
Lucy: Is there a kind of food he doesn't like?
He doesn't like eggs.
Minzhe: My brother likes milk.
Claire: He can't eat chocolate. He doesn't have teeth.
Siena: He drinks only milk and water.
Minzhe: My brother likes eating my mom's hair.
Johnny: What is his favorite toy?
Minzhe: An apple and worm, and many.
Emanie: Why is his skin so new?
Shotaro: I know the answer to that! He is so new!
Yes, he is so new.
Griff: Does he know how to babble?
Shotaro: Like ba-ma-ta-ta.
He can say "mo mo moe ma".
Siena: Can he climb?
Minzhe: My baby can scream.
Teddy: When does he scream?
When he doesn't like something.
Siena: Does he know what words mean? Like does he know 'eraser', 'pencil' or whatever?
Griff: Does he know his mom?
Yes, mom, dad and brother.
Siena: Does he have any friends?
Shotaro: Does he scream in the night? Where does he sleep? Can you get much sleep? Does he wake you up? Does he have his own bed?
He sleeps in his own bed. He needs a hug to go to sleep.
Siena: Does he sleep in the same room?
He likes books. He is always taking Minzhe's books. He likes looking at the pictures.
Minzhe: My book is here. My book bag is here. He climbs on it.
Siena: Does he ever scratch himself?
When he was quite young, about 3 or 4 months old.
Johnny: Does Harry hug Minzhe?
Harry hugs Minzhe and Minzhe hugs Harry. They hug each other. And when they do, they both smile.
Shotaro: Does he sometimes crawl to you?
Yes, when he's not happy. When he's unhappy he'll crawl to me for a hug.
Minzhe: My brother's feet are little. His hands are little. He has a little body. He has a little head.
Today we performed at the K1-Grade 2 and Grade 3-5 assemblies. We did some short skits about eating healthy food, buying local products and cutting down on food waste. Afterwards, we sang 'Livin in The Fridge' by Wierd Al Yankovic. Here are some photos of the dress rehearsal.
Great performance everyone!
When I look
At the plant it can
Make me happy.
When I look at it, it could
Make me sad.
It's just wonderful
How plants can
Make you feel.
By Kenn Nesbitt
A candy bar.
A piece of cake.
A chocolate shake.
A jelly donut.
Some gummy worms
And licorice whips.
A candy cane.
A lemon drop.
And soda pop.
My mom slept in
while I made lunch.
The Best Day Ever
When I go on a ride
I always hide
Next time I do it
I will feel fun
And then I'm done
When I go home
I feel cool
And I wish I could go to school.
Why I Have A Gun
Why I have a gun,
I didn't want one,
But now I have one,
Because a country attacked me.
They hunted me down,
I wouldn't stand down.
I found a gun, I ran away.
I defended my country.
And it's up on my shelf.
I only use it to shoot fleas.
Ethan from Ms Hima's class had a question about how babies grow in a mommy's tummy. We thought all of the Grade 1 students might be interested in finding out, so Nadine, Siena and Kili's mom, came in to explain to us. She brought the ultra sound photos of the baby in her tummy, as well as her other children's.
Ethan: How do babies grow in tummies?
The baby is in amniotic fluid.
How does the baby breathe?
Through the belly button. You get the nutrients and oxygen from the mom, through the umbilical cord.
Are you not hungry if the baby takes your food?
Yes, a bit hungrier. You have to eat a little more, because you are eating for both you and the baby.
Griff: Does the food go straight to the mommy?
Bad stuff gets filtered out. The nutrients go to the baby.
Siena: Why do only moms get babies?
Most species are that way, except seahorses.
Griff: Why are babies red when they come out?
That's the fluid the baby is in.
Griff: Did we all start off as this?
Yes. It's a 5 week old embryo. Twin embryos look like this. There are two sacks, and this is the yolk sack.
And this is the 7 week old embryo. This is Siena and Kili's little brother.
At 8 weeks, it is a little head and legs and arms, like a tadpole.
At 9 weeks, see how it looks more like a baby in there? At this point, you are called a fetus, no longer an embryo. And at this point your yolk sack goes away.
Your eyes don't open until after 20 weeks.
Griff: If someone cut your tummy, would they see the baby?
Yes, but they'd have to do it carefully so they don't hurt the baby.
Johnny: Do you go to sleep at that time?
They numb everything so you don't feel it.
Shotaro: When you are in a tummy, can you hear?
Yes, there is evidence you can.
So what happens when they are just about to come out? Can the baby still hear you?
Yes. I will address your question later when we get to that slide. It can hear your heartbeat and flow of fluids through your body.
There is a fist here. This is Siena and Kili, and this is their brother.
These are 14 week fetuses.
This is how doctors measure the heartbeat.
Your heart beats quickly to get oxygen from the umbilical cord.
At 14 weeks it looks like a baby already.
Shotaro: It looks like a spaceman.
Umbilical cords take toxins out of the system and the mom's system cleanses it.
Siena: Do babies have feelings when they are in your tummy?
Yes, they feel pain. And also they feel the mom's moods, research says. If the mom is happier, the baby is happier.
This is 18 weeks, looks like a person. They play a lot.
This is another one at 20 weeks. Notice the eyes are still closed. It looks like a little baby already.
This is what babies look like when they come out.
This is Siena and Kili's brother at 10 hours. The baby looks like this, except it is naked.
Babies get nutrients from their moms.
When we went back to class, we talked about how the baby is different when it comes out of the mommy's tummy.
Siena: It breathes.
Aubrey: The baby gets fed milk, until about 6 months.
Lucy: Because the baby doesn't have any teeth.
Johnny: It might eat yoghurt and things.
Aubrey: It eats baby food.
Emanie: Other food.
Minzhe: I have a baby brother. The baby brother was in my mom's tummy. Her tummy got big and she screamed.
Claire: That is good info to be a baby doctor. I'm going to be one.
Minzhe: My baby can roll over, crawl and sit and sand.
Shotaro: How old?
Minzhe: I don't know.
Arwyn: Toddlers are up to 2.
We had more questions about how babies grow outside of a mommy's tummy so we invited Minzhe's mom and baby brother to come in and talk to us.
Hello, my friends. My name is Mike.
I never hike or ride a bike.
You see, the only thing I like
is playing lots of Minecraft.
I never run, or climb a tree,
or sail across the sea.
Why, I don't even watch TV.
I just play lots of Minecraft.
I don't play sports of any sorts,
on basketball or tennis courts,
in training shoes and running shorts.
I'm only good at Minecraft.
You'll never see me pet the cat,
or shop online to buy a hat,
or instant message, text or chat.
I'm busy playing Minecraft.
By Helen Moore
Pop, pop, popcorn,
popping in the pot!
Pop, pop, popcorn,
eat it while it's hot!
Pop, pop, popcorn,
butter on the top!
When I eat popcorn,
I can't stop!