Author Archives: Little Wonders
The children have been caring for a tiny garden snail that they discovered in the backyard last week. The children wanted to create a home for the snail inside their classroom. They began researching and observing the snail in order to create the best home for it. They have also been checking on it daily to see whether or not it’s happy.
In the Castle Room, painting is a staple activity because it serves a variety of way purposes in child development. Through the use of paint, children can express their innermost emotions, convey unique ideas and investigate the concepts of processes and outcomes. It allows them to use their senses of sight and touch to explore color and texture, all while creating aesthetically pleasing works and experiences.
Spring is in full swing, and so is our garden! Lately, the children have been busy tending to the gardens in the playground, observing and participating in the gardening and harvesting of our crops. So far, we have had three harvests of sugar snap and snow peas. More surprisingly, we have also found daikon and onions in the garden! These experiences inspired us to explore gardening further.
During our outdoor learning/play time, the children have all expressed an interest in interacting with the leaves. In response, we incorporated another provocation into the classroom this week by adding a basket of oak leaves from our outdoor classroom. Bringing the leaves inside allowed the children to take a closer look and engage with nature in a different environment.
What is warm?
After talking about how the ice is cold and how hot things help melt the ice, we have begun investigating a new vocabulary word: “warm.”
The children grasp the concept of extreme temperature differences with ease, but discussing a medium adds complexity. The children were able to discuss “hot” and “cold” relating to fire and ice, but “warm” is substance somewhat between hot and cold, thus a little more difficult to describe. To open the investigation about warm, we created a chart with the words “cold,” “warm,” and “hot” in 3 separate columns at the top. We asked the children what made them feel hot and wrote their responses in the “hot” column. We then asked the children what made them feel cold and wrote their responses in the “cold” column. When we got to the “warm” column, the children responded by saying “I don’t know.” This is what sparked our investigation of all things warm! Continue reading