Sound Study

This project stemmed from the children learning about the moon phases and outer space. The question asked to the children was, “what sounds do you hear in outer space?” The children were challenged to use different materials to draw the sounds they hear in outer space. It is a challenge to draw the “sound” rather than the objects that relate to the sound.  The sounds related to different objects that they thought made the sounds or what the sounds sounded like.
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Beach Adventure

Field trips provide an excellent opportunity to explore the real world and apply learning to things found in our local areas.  We believe in providing our children with the opportunity to learn from our direct environment and community.

Below is a brief summary of a project that has lead our marine life study, and a field trip to Galveston………

The students were inspired by our salt water tank and Teagan’s interest in a book about fish to study the ocean. Continue reading

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Allowing the children the freedom to use paint and other materials as they choose helps their creativity and development in many ways.  Because they come when they choose, they are more engaged.  This allows for a longer period of time spent on the project, which helps with extending their attention spans.  Allowing the children to use them without adult direction opens the possibilities for creativity and learning that is developmentally appropriate for each and every child. Continue reading

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Skylanders are Living Organisms too

As the students sat in their morning meeting with the teacher, Bishop discussed his excitement about making his own Skylanders.  “What would that look like?  What materials would you use?” the teacher asked him.

He thought for a moment, and then went to look for materials.

Learning is a series of connections, so if we don’t apply instruction to something that a child can connect to, retention is less likely to occur.  Continue reading

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Expanding Yeast

In a Reggio-inspired environment, provocations are used as a starting point to encourage interest, involvement, risk, creativity, and sustained shared thinking among the children.  We want to offer them the opportunity to explore and discuss thoughts and ideas without the notion of failure and to come up with a pracitical application of their understanding of things. Continue reading

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