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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
One day we set up a simple provocation: we provided fabric on the playground. Several children took the fabric and attached it to our playhouse, making a house/castle of some sort. We were pleasantly surprised to see what the “princesses” were making when we peeked in… dinner!
The children love playing with Legos and creating different things out of the small pieces. There are so many different ways to learn when using Legos in regards to mathematics. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately:
We created a math worksheet out of Legos. The children worked on addition and subtraction using the dots on the Legos piece. After a few days of practice, the children were able to create their own math worksheets out of Legos and consequently solve the problems.
Some of the girls in our Kindergarten and First Grade summer school program are showing an interest in sewing. Our job is to facilitate the children’s learning by planning activities and lessons based on the child’s interests, so we started sewing!
We started by creating a pattern out of newspaper. We discussed the “engineering” behind sewing while measuring and planning specific proportions and writing it down on newspaper.
In our Kindergarten and First Grade Summer School classes, we’ve been working with Little Bits, a kit of electronic modules that snap together with magnets for prototyping. The Little Bit kit we are working with allows for the children to combine the “bits” with household items to create endless project possibilities. Some example of the items in the kits include a power chip, batteries, cables, bend sensor, motion trigger, bright led, wires, and more.
This project allowes children to have the opportunity to explore, observe, hypothesize, question, and discuss to clarify their understand, and to create a tangible final product. Continue reading