Emergent Curriculum with Blocks

On a typical day in the toddler 2 class the room is buzzing with energy. What is so exciting to see is the amount of projects and discoveries that actually occur on a day to day basis.  Most adults might peek in the class and think “they just play all day”, but in reality there is no difference between playing and learning to children.  Playing is how they make sense of what they are learning.

“All children have preparedness, potential, curiosity, and interest in engaging in social interaction, establishing relationships, constructing their learning, and negotiating with everything the environment brings to them” (The Faculty of the College of Education, Ohio University )

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Observing Ninjago and Silly Putty

 

 

One morning Coach Chip brought two visitors into the classroom. They were our very own bearded dragons, Ninjago and Silly Putty! Coach Chip explained that it was time to feed the lizards and asked all the children if they were ready to see their special food! Coach chip pulled out a container and when he opened it, the children were surprised to find worms inside!

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Learning Concepts through Building

The children certainly appreciate their building areas in the classroom. In one day they can create so many structures and anything that their imagination allows them to create. The main concept they can learn is math. It is also an amazing way to gain social and physical development and not to mention it enhances their creativity. The teacher in this classroom has observed some of the amazing structures the children have recently created. This child in the photos below carried on with his own project for two days. He began at the lego table the first day and created a structure that he held in the air while making flying noises. The next day he continued to have the need to build some sort of air craft. He continued this interest using the blocks that are different shapes and colors. When the teacher asked him what he had made he jumped up and down smiling saying, “plane!” It was obvious that he felt proud and successful in what he had created.

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From Calzone to Pizza

Cooking with the children is something we do every week. It helps build their math and vocabulary skills. They also learn about new foods and their colors, textures, and tastes. On this day the children were trying out calzones as a new and different recipe. The recipe began with the teachers assistance in spreading the dough on the pan.

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Bubbles

The children absolutely enjoy bubbles. When the enclosed area in the classroom had bubble wrap taped to the floor the children called it bubbles. So there started the exploration of bubbles! Although there wasn’t really any actual bubbles in that area the teacher took their enthusiasm of the bubbles and expanded it. The next day after hearing the children talk so much about bubbles there was a big image of bubbles on one of the classroom walls from the projector. The children were ecstatic when they saw this image! They began to jump and shout “bubbles!” A white sheet of paper was taped on the wall for them and they were encouraged to draw bubbles. They of course made the connection that bubbles looked like circles. So why stop there!? The same afternoon when the children went out to play the children were supplied with bubble solution and the tools necessary to blow bubbles. The children were very excited with what they saw and were very eager to begin blowing bubbles.    Continue reading

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