Friday, January 24, 2014

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Look who is in Our Room!!!

Thank you Pinterest for this cute idea. Taken from the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom each child decorated the initial of their first name, then on a name card wrote their name. The result a unique array of letters falling from the coconut tree!!!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

CAUTION! Twins at play!: Light table exploration

Check out this awesome blog and how light tables can be a valuable source of curriculum CAUTION! Twins at play!: Light table exploration: Here's what's been on the light table lately!! Feel free to email or comment with questions! glass gems, chopsticks, and a babyf...

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

let the children play: Mirror, mirror on the Wall

let the children play: Mirror, mirror on the Wall: I've been enamoured of late with the idea of mirrors in the outdoor play space. Not only do young children find mirrors engagin...

Exploring the Outdoor Classroom: Strengthening Academics Through Play

Exploring the Outdoor Classroom: Strengthening Academics Through Play: Strengthening Academics Through Play As parents search for the ‘perfect’ preschool for their young child, they are often fac...

I'm a little late on this post. This took place back when Fall started, nevertheless I feel it is blog worthy. This was a huge hit in our room. We took the kids on a nature walk to look for foliage. While outside looking for leaves and such we sat the kids down and read the story "Leaf Man" By Lois Ehlert. Then we sent home card stock and the foliage they found and asked them to bring back their idea of "Leaf Man". What came back was an awesome array of Nature Displays. Each child shared with the class and names their picture. I cannot say enough of this project.

Spruce up the Light Table with twinkle lights and a mirror.

Ice, and Science

This was a fun activity in our Pre-K room. We froze Artic animals in ice an added blue water color. When we put this activity out we also included a cup of water and droppers. The only way the kids could free the animals was to squirt water onto the ice. It was interesting to see who had patience to stick with the activity and who gave up quickly. Those who stuck around not only got to free the animals but they got to see weather erosion in action. As they squirted the water onto the ice am eroded pathway developed, very similar to how are rivers and creeks are developed. I asked the question "why do you think water is melting the ice?" To my surprise they had the right answers. I received answers such as "because it is not as cold as the ice", "because it is water and it is warm." They got it. This activity include these following areas; science (solid to a liquid, cold, erosion), fine motor (squeezing the droppers), social/emotional (problem solving between children on where to squirt water, and how to get animals free).