The Value of Cooking

Cooking offers many opportunities for literacy, math, interdependence, as well as fun.  So when Jaylin began to research cooking on the Food Network online, we saw an excellent opportunity to use her excitement about cooking toward her academic development.

Excited about the chance to organize the class meal, Jaylin took to the internet.  She weighed her options and considered all sorts of desserts and many fancy entrees, but she settled on a pizza, a vegetarian pizza.  She began to write the recipe down for herself and then printed a copy after learning how to print.  Evidence suggests that children who learn the concept of computers have profound effects on the enhancement of their educational experience.  Continue reading

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Electronics as a Material

In many of our classrooms we have equipped our children with building blocks not just because they are fun, but because they also improve hand-eye coordination, help with mathematics, spatial  awareness, logical thinking, improve language and social skills, and allows the imagination to thrive.  But what if we could provide our children with more?  What if we added one small element to our building blocks that would allow our children to create more?  This is the same question that the Ayah Bdeir ask before create a set of building blocks that blink, beep, buzz, turn on and off, and allow our children to explore.

She believes that electronics and circuits should not be something that only experts can use.  She invented Little Bits, and now we are using them to provide our children with electronics as a material………

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Plant Cycle Stepping Stones

While the teacher was reading Willow and the Snow Dance, the story about how one child made a difference in her neighborhood by being friendly and offering opportunities for the community to do thing together, the students became excited about one the community projects.  Willow, the main character, created yard art.   One of the pieces that the students noticed were the stepping stones. Not only were they beautiful, but the the students noticed that they were made from recycled materials. Continue reading

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A Brine Shrimp is a Sea Monkey?

In an effort to continue our study on brine shrimp, the students were presented with a kit that allows them to grow brine shrimp.  The kit included brine shrimp eggs, a water purifier, a magnifying glass, and food.  They quickly discussed a plan for how to care for the brine shrimp as they gathered supplies they would need to create a thriving environment for the brine shrimp.  This type of direct instructions allows children to learn more about the brine shrimp by observing them and caring for them.  They have the potential to discover the dietary habits of theses organisms as well as how the move. Continue reading

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Reinforcing our Measuring Skills

Once the children were done with their journal in the morning, they were given the option to come in the hallway to work on a project.  Most of the class was eager to come.

In the hallway waiting for them was a box full of random objects.  Rulers and a tape measure was provided as well.  They were instructed to take what ever they likes from the box and use what they thought would measure it properly.

 

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