Our field trip to the butterfly museum was a great success! The children truly enjoyed their time observing the butterflies and learning many new details about them. At first, the children were able to investigate and interact with the butterflies by going inside the rainforest conservatory. The direct interaction with the butterflies enhanced their curiosity and provided them with a great opportunity to explore, interact with, and develop a unique understanding of the subject of our lesson.
The children have been mixing paint to create new colors. Every morning we make new paint for our easels and during this time the children often ask us what colors we can mix to make different colors. Given their increased interest in colors and mixing colors, we took this opportunity to encourage the children to explore the art of color mixing!
During this week’s food exploration, the children were asked if they wanted to make something sweet (like the food explorations we have done in the past) or make something salty. We have been discussing different tastes with the children (salty, sweet, bitter, savory), so this served as a continuation of our discussion. The majority of the students wanted to make a salty food, then as a group, the students decided on pizza.
At the beginning of our food exploration, the students were first asked to describe each material and what order they should be used in. After discussing, the children drew each step, and then we counted how many steps it would take to make our pizza. Discussing the planning and process of making a pizza is important so that each child feels empowered that their voice is heard and helps to further their understanding of the topic by speaking about it out loud (and hearing their peers speak about the topic at hand). Continue reading
The infants are understanding more and more about the world they live in every day. We provide many sensory experiences throughout the day to allow the children to explore and develop their senses. Materials play a huge role in this stage of development, so we value the importance of materials in the classroom. They should be interesting, provoke curiosity, and be open-ended. This past week was a true sensory exploration for the infants. They explored with touch, sight, smell, and a variety of textures along the way. Continue reading
We released our inner architects and the children used translucent builders to create 3D shapes and objects. This project provided the children an opportunity to learn how connecting 2-dimensional shapes can create 3-dimensional objects. Often times, schools will try to teach about 3-dimensional objects with a paper and pen (on a 2-dimensional medium) which can increase the difficulty and abstractness of the concept. By providing children with translucent builders, this abstract concept was taught in a fun and realistic way. The children were able to physically touch, hold, and see how a 2-dimensional shape can become a 3-dimensional object. It was a great opportunity to highlight the children’s creativity and let them exercise their imaginations.