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Exploring Rhythm using Drums

Infants continue their exploration  of rhythm using drums.Rhythm is a very powerful tool when developed at a young age .

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Upon entry, the children immediately noticed that drums were placed in the middle of the room. The children were very intrigued and ready  to explore the sounds they can create with several different materials.

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Initially , the children hit the drums with only their hands. Clapping steadily while the children hit the drum surfaces allowed the children to begin understanding that each drum made a different sound.

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A few of the children chose to introduce new materials to the exploration.  Using toy balls, the children  hit the drum hard or soft.

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One child enjoyed hitting the drum  very softly with the plastic blue ball, while another enjoyed hitting the snare drum very hard with the rubbery yellow ball.

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This exploration allowed the children to develop a cognitive skill known as beat induction which directly influences rhythm.

Posted in 2015, Infants | Leave a comment

If I had Dragonfly Wings…

One of our students brought in a real Dragonfly for us to observe!

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The children have began analyzing the characterisitics of it, and now they are comparing the difference between humans and dragonflies.

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AS they have been investigating the different parts of the dragonfly they moved over to the light table to bring attention to detail of the dragon wings, so the children could compare/contrast what parts dragonflies have that humans do not.

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As that was being discussed the children also began learning the correct vocabulary for the parts of the dragofly-HEAD, HIND WINGS, FORE WINGS, THORAX, AND ABDOMEN.

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To help furterher this exploration and allow the children to use their imagination, Mrs. Marjon presented small groups of children with a video of dragonflies flying in the sky. The size of their wings and structure was discussed.

 

 

The question asked was,  “If you had dragonfly wings where would you go? Where would they take you?

“My wings will take me to the river so I can fly over it and I would feel like a plane.” -Lucas, Age 4.

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“My wings would take me to the forest so I can see bunnies!” -Lexi, Age 40917151017a-1

This is a project that will continue for the next few weeks until all of the students illustrate the idea of having dragon fly wings! Stay tuned, we cant wait to see where this takes us…. :)

Posted in 2015, Pre Kinder | Leave a comment

Viewing The Inside Of A Stem

 

The school has been partnering with HEB to receive flowers on a weekly basis. All the classes have been incorporating flowers into a nature study and learning through them.

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For this provocation the children did a science experiment using the microscope! The stem sliced open from the flower and put it under the microscope to show the children the inner parts of the plant and how it functions.

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The children inspected the sample and were asked to describe what they saw. Next they illustrated what the observed .

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Some terms used to describe what they saw when taking a closer look of the inside of the stem:

  • bubbles
  • lines
  • ninjas
  • cloud
  • ovals
  • stem
  • green
  • black

The teachers observed the children’s drawings were very accurate and similar to the image viewed under the microscope. They were able to identify each marking and retain the information and transfer it onto paper.

Parents,feel free to stop by the classroom  to view your child’s work for this project.

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Posted in 2015, Pre School | Leave a comment

Feather Paintbrush

IMG_0055    Rainbow rooms nature study changed direction when the children started exploring with feathers that they found outside  on the playground. To incorporate art while exploring the children were introduced to feathers tied together on a stick, mimicking a paintbrush.  In order to paint with the feathers, the children were supplied with large sheets of butcher papers and water color paint.

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At first the children observed and looked around at the materials provided. After a few minutes they started to dip the feathers into the watercolor  and then smeared the paint onto butcher paper. The colors began to mix, creating a one of a kind abstract piece that the children created together.

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The children were so intrigued by this provocation, they began mixing all the colors together in the containers to see what would happen! After they created a solid color and were happy with their product they began to paint with the “new” color they made.

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The outcome was a unique piece of art focused on experimentation, cause and effect, and collaboration.

In addition this project was also aimed to refine their motor skills, practice color identification and build social skills.  We focused more on the process of art rather than the outcome.

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Posted in 2015, Toddler 1 | Leave a comment

Percussion Instruments

11815977_10207712395314349_1465504348_nIn the star room the infants explored two new percussion instruments and their sounds. The provocation began with a chime ans a xylophone being placed on the floor in middle of the room.

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They all began to touch and grab to feel the instruments. Touching and grabbing the chimes help with the development of fine motor skills. fine motor skills involve the use of small muscles in the fingers, hand, and arm to manipulate control and use tools and materials.

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Posted in 2015, Infants | Leave a comment