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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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Exploring Satellites

As we continued our project on the states of matter, we found ourselves investigating the state of gas. The children observed the clouds one day outside and one child said that clouds are a gas. Others disagreed and said it was a solid.  We wanted to give the children an opportunity to explore this debate, so the next day went back outside to study the clouds. This time a child said, “The moon and the sun can be out at the same time.” We spent the afternoons outside looking for the moon during the daytime. Another child also said, “The moon is not the same every time at night.”  We used this discussion to begin an inquiry on the moon phases. While studying the moon the children noticed a satellite around a photo of the moon. The comments that were made were, “It’s like an airplane,” “They can go to other planets,” “They are spinning around looking on earth.”

Because the children became interested in satellites, we chose to extend the satellites as a “thread” to this project.  We began to explore the functions and materials of satellites.

When we started watching videos on satellites and its parts the kids listed things they can use to make their very own satellites:

  • Metal
  • Camera
  • Wood
  • Fabric
  • Hot glue
  • Glass
  • String
  • Plastic

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Each child had their own idea of how and what they wanted on their satellite. “My satellite has a lot of cameras so it can look everywhere.” “Mine can fly super high.” While another child stated, “my astronaut is going to have a bed so he can sleep.”

The children know that there’s more than one type of satellite and that it does more than just take pictures of Earth. We are exploring the different functions satellites have while expanding our knowledge. By exploring, asking questions and generating discussions we have had the chance to push our curiosity and learn more about our planet and its relation to the universe. This provocation can possibly grow into a greater exploration of types of stars, the stories behind them, the galaxies, black holes, and asteroids!

“Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.”

-Anonymous

 

 

 

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Salt Comes from the Sky

Recently we have had provocations exploring the properties of Salt such as “Butter can never melt” and “How can a little thing like salt be so strong?”  One day a child made the assumption that salt comes from the sky and the other children began thinking this was true too. The children were then asked to explain how salt comes from the sky. Continue reading

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Shaving Cream + Sensory Play

During the toddlers’ outdoor playtime the class explored shaving cream. We set out tables and let them explore with the material. The children were hesitant at first to touch the gel and soon figured that if they did touch and play with it, it would turn to a foam substance. After realizing this, the children ended up writing with their finger tips in the shaving cream, sang their ABC’s and some even drew pictures. Although sensory play can look just like messy fun it is much more than that. According to Kristi of Creative Connections for Kids, “messy play can be calming to children. It is not just about making a mess and getting dirty; it is an essential component to learning that encourages exploration and discovery through play.”

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