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Outside Classroom

So much happens outside! We like to spend a lot of time outdoors because it’s packed with exciting opportunities to explore and express creativity. While outdoors, we often play structured games with Coach Chip or read books, sing songs, exercise and dance together. However, some of the best times we have are when we get to enjoy the beautiful weather and connect with one another in FREE PLAY!

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Click here to watch a video of our outdoor play

Play matters in our school. We believe it is essential to a child’s mental, physical and social development. We created a short video of a couple of the beautiful moments captured from a morning outside. Continue reading

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Painting

In the Castle Room, painting is a staple activity because it serves a variety of way purposes in child development. Through the use of paint, children can express their innermost emotions, convey unique ideas and investigate the concepts of processes and outcomes. It allows them to use their senses of sight and touch to explore color and texture, all while creating aesthetically pleasing works and experiences.

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Oak Leaves Exploration

During our outdoor learning/play time, the children have all expressed an interest in interacting with the leaves. In response, we incorporated another provocation into the classroom this week by adding a basket of oak leaves from our outdoor classroom. Bringing the leaves inside allowed the children to take a closer look and engage with nature in a different environment.

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Green Eggs and Ham

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, our Kindergarten group, aka, Earth group (third planet from the sun, our third group to join our elementary) celebrated by cooking Green Eggs and Ham for their Food as a Language.

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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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