One day we noticed that several of the students were drawing flowers the exact same way. To expand on this interest, we brought in many different kinds of flowers so we could take a closer look of each flower and the details in the plant. Our goal is for the children to recognize that all flowers don’t look the same. To do this, we sat down and looked at each flower one-by-one altogether, and discussing what we saw.
Recently we’ve been observing the children using the marble maze in a different way to challenge their mind. We noticed the children setting up the marble maze using 15 wooden pieces organized in a specific way on the maze. At one point, they began hypothesizing on how many wooden pieces would fall over when the next marble was aligned to go down the maze. The children were attempting to make all of the wooden pieces fall over, even though nothing was going as planned. One of the children told the classroom that, “you have to move them down because they are very strong and if the marble keeps going back and goes forward and keeps knocking the pieces over.”
One morning, the teachers saw two girls reading to one another. As we observed, we saw them looking at the pictures and creating their own story. The two children took turns telling what would happen next and developed the story together. According to educators Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss, giving a child the opportunity to tell stories is one of the most important life skills they can learn.
In preparation for the International Winter Festival, the students were making paper snowflakes one day. As the children cut the paper, they noticed that they were simultaneously creating various shapes in the snowflake. We discussed the different shapes they created and how each shape contributes to the image of the snowflake.
Dragons have been the topic in our classroom since our initial dragon fruit exploration (click here to read the blog post). Since so many toy dragons have been provided to continue the investigation and interest in the topic, one day the children began building a dragon house out of blocks to house all of the toy dragons! At first the children created the dragon house out of blocks in our block area, however after they were finished, we asked them what materials they would need for a “real” dragon house. Below is a list the children made:
- Tissue paper
The dragon house also needed to have: Continue reading