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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!
We’ve been working with Little Bits frequently this summer for various projects. In case you missed our last blog post, Little Bits is a company that sends electronic modules that snap together with magnets. Some of the children decided that they wanted to make their rocket ships spin.
Daunting task, huh? Well, the children didn’t think so. They searched the Internet, found the project, and immediately began following the directions provided. They began by measuring the length of the wire and were challenged by the concept of creating a 3-dimensional rocket ship. This project has been ongoing and we’ll update it accordingly.
Usually we paint inside the classroom, but the children expressed interest in painting outside, so we set up a provocation. Using paintbrushes and a mixture of water, cornstarch and food coloring, each color was placed in a bowl and presented to the children in a concrete area. What was missing was something to paint on. Interesting dilemma, agree?
Our school uses animals as a hands-on way of observing life and understanding how to care for these animals. We rotate classes and allow each class to participate in feeding the fish, lizards, birds, and turtles each week. On this day the children were helping Coach Chip feed the salt water tank. Their faces were glazed over with excitement, wonder, and curiosity at how the fish ate the tiny specs of food. While this was happening, we observed the children observing the fish and encouraged them to talk about what they were seeing.
This age group is working on identifying colors. Each day in our art area, we provide the children with paint to experience color transformation and loose parts. As they create and gain knowledge from their experiences, we’re able to incorporate math, spelling, writing, and more.
Science and math are at the heart of color transformation. How much of what color to add, volume, primary and secondary colors, are just some of the topics covered while the children engage in these activities.