Exploring the Environment

This class uses more than one space in the building on a daily basis.  We allow for the children to break up into small groups through out the day and spend time in different areas of building to use different materials.  We believe that the children should be free to move around the building and not be kept in one room for the entire day.

One of the principals of the Reggio philosophy is that the environment acts as a teacher.  We set up the environment in different ways throughout the building to provide the children with provocations. Continue reading

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Water Beads

 

On a cold and rainy day, we took advantage of our common area and prepared an irresistible invitation for the children.

Who wouldn’t want to get their hands involved in playing with these water beads??????

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Freedom to Create

Today all of the children were so excited to be back they did not waste any time. As we all know, they enjoy drawing so much that when they draw, they create multiple drawings! Whether it is paint, pastels, markers, pencils, or tape, there is no stopping these children’s creativity.

Creating these drawings help the children with recognizing shapes, colors, and letters, as well as fine tuning their motor skills. The children are now experts at identifying colors.  So much so, that they are now describing the different shades of colors.   So when it comes to choosing a color for their creative art work, they are very adamant about which color they choose. Continue reading

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Observing The Weather

 

The children love to play outside when it’s hot, cold, windy, or raining!  And they love to take the time and notice the sunshine, or the rain and they enjoy looking for the sun, or stomping in puddles. The children’s observation skills are important to their learning abilities and it expands their concentration skills, as well as their cognitive skills.

One morning, the children went outside to play. It was a foggy morning, and the sun was no where to be seen. A group of children were running around in circles, looking up at the sky… Continue reading

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Waffles!

 

Sensory play provides the children with the imaginative play they need to use their creativity and gain social and cognitive skills. Depending on what project they are working on, math, reading, or writing can be incorporated in playing with play-dough. One morning, it was cooking.

That morning, the children made their own play-dough. They poured and mixed the flour, salt, and water until it was a solid dough! They were asking lots of questions like, ‘do we need more water?’ and ‘how much flour is this?’… They are measuring, as well as gaining social and problem-solving skills just by asking questions! Continue reading

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