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Tent + Story Time

“When students feel safe and supported, they are truly ready and able to learn.”
-Laura Weaver and Mark Wilding

Children in our school LOVE to read.  Each and every class has story time more than one time a day, and it is because of this love that we have begun a rotation where children share five books from their home each week.  Their love has also inspired a library in the School of Wonders, next door.

Our observations of this class has helped us see that children want to find cozy corners to read, so naturally we each created our own tents to read in. (Who doesn’t love reading in their own nook?) Continue reading

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Pre School Block Play

Creating with blocks is incorporated into the children’s daily schedule. Believe it or not, but playing with blocks improves many of the children’s skills, creativity, and dexterity. 

Playing with blocks may look like the children are simply stacking cubes on top of one another, however we like to focus on the time and effort children dedicate to strategically place one block in a certain way so the entire creation has meaning (and doesn’t topple over). The beautiful part about playing with blocks is that it may be the same material, but children play with blocks in their own, individual way. Continue reading

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Little Bits Light Bridge

Three children paired up for our latest Little Bits project. While they were researching the Little Bits website, an image of a bridge with lights captivated their interest. They immediately began brainstorming and planning to recreate this 3D model. What followed was a rich, child-lead, interactive learning experience.

First, the children created their own template of the bridge out of cardboard and frequently referred to the website directions to understand the functions of the electronic modules. Continue reading

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Creating the Alphabet out of Clay

Lately, we’ve been furthering our study of the alphabet in our summer school program by creating upper and lower case letters out of clay. In addition to furthering our study on the shapes and sounds of letters, the children were given a unique opportunity to form the shape of letters with their hands – to actually create the shape, not just write it in or not match it up, but create it. (This activity directly contrasts worksheets that we are all too familiar with: worksheets that instruct the children to write the shape perfectly with their pencil, not allowing marks outside the lines.) Continue reading

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Exploring Play-doh: Part 2

As our Toddler 2 students entered the studio, we had a provocation set up for them. We organized a square tile with a ball of colored play-doh at each child’s seat. In the middle of the table we placed several loose parts and materials, ranging from figurines, marbles, straws, and more. We strategically gave the children a small workspace to see how they would use it and adapt.

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