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Exploring the Color Red

The children have been exploring different colors and one week the color study was red. In one of their many projects throughout the week with the color Red, the children participated in an art with sound activity. In this activity the children created an art piece at the same time they created sounds. As a result this provocation served as a very creative sensory experience for them. Continue reading

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Mud Play & Exploration

One week the teachers took advantage of the recent rainy days and brought the children out to the playground to enjoy some mud play. Through this activity the teachers wanted the children to experience a very important element in our world: nature! Continue reading

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Snap Painting

This project was about demonstrating sound visually and exploring the process of rubber band popping and visually seeing what type of reaction can be produced with it. The children were invited to the light table area with baking pans set up with rubber bands wrapped around them and paint placed underneath the rubber bands.

At first the children pushed the rubber bands downward and once the teachers showed how to ‘strum’ the rubber band they became even more engaged with the project. One child took the rubber bands off and said, “Look! Teacher I did it!”

The children strengthened their fine motor skills through strumming the rubber bands. They also learned cause and effect, as they strummed the rubber bands paint would splatter onto the baking pans.

20140515_161738The benefits of this provocation entailed understanding cause and effect. Through this experience the children learned that their actions create positive results during their play. Piaget theorized that children learn through play when they are able to cause things to occur or change. This serves as a confidence boost for them as well because the children are able to see that their efforts have meaningful impacts. According to G.A. Davis and J.D. Keller, “Observation is used as a tool for understanding relationships, making predictions, and figuring out why things happen. They learn to cause situations so that related events can be observed and enjoyed.”

The experience combined auditory and kinesthetic learning that allowed the children to interact with each other and the loose parts materials to explore sound. It also encouraged them to examine and experiment using the rubber bands with paint through out the exploration.

“From the very beginning of his education, the child should experience the joy of discovery.”—Alfred North Whitehead


Reference and additional reading:

A Child’s World of Cause and Effect 

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I Found It!

In order to introduce the children to new vocabulary words and review past vocabulary words, we created a word search.  We wrote all of the vocabulary words and a few other words on butcher paper. On cards we wrote the vocabulary words and gave them to the children. We asked them to match the words on their cards to the words on the butcher paper. Whenever they chose a word that was not on their cards they were asked, “Do those letters look like the letters on your card?” Then the students looked more closely and carefully studied each letter in each word until they found their word. “I found it! I found it!” they’d shout. Later we taped the butcher paper and the cards down on the table and provided the children with markers. The children quickly began tracing and circling the words. Continue reading

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Outdoor Beach

In their exploration of sea shells with the children, the teachers created a beach themed provocation that included a colorful canopy, sand, water, plants, wood and lots of sea shells! For this activity the teachers wanted the children to experience exploring with sea shells in a fun way that many of us are familiar in doing so-by the beach! Continue reading

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