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Juicing Oranges and Limes

Last week we had some extra time to explore limes in class, so the teacher’s placed a juicer on the table to encourage the children to juice oranges and limes. The children absolutely loved it!

The children were so excited to squeeze the fruits in their hands, see the juice run down the inside of the juicer, and then taste the remaining skins from the fruit. This was a wonderful experience for them because they were able to do the juicing themselves and experience what it was like to prepare a meal or snack on their own. They were all familiar with orange juice, but this allowed the children to experience the process of preparing it themselves. During this activity, we discussed color, taste, and the names of the fruit. It was a complete sensory experience that allowed the children to taste the difference between the sweet and sour juices. Continue reading

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Exploring a trumpet

One day in music class, Miss. Tiffany introduced a new instrument and the children were absolutely amazed. We learned that the instrument was called a “trumpet” and we learned about the different parts associated with this musical instrument. One particular part we learned about were the values on a trumpet, something the children previously referred to as “buttons.” In addition, the children had an opportunity to feel the inside of the trumpet case and continued to comment on how soft it felt.

At the end of this activity, we were privileged enough to listen to the type of noise the trumpet makes. After the children heard the sound the trumpet makes, they came to the conclusion that a monster lives inside of it (ha!). Continue reading

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Playing with Clay

The other day we set up a provocation for the infants. The teachers set up a design table with pieces of clay that looked like small, round stones. We set each child in front of the provocation so they could take turns and explore the clay individually.

The children had a wonderful time experimenting with the clay and it’s texture. Some of the infants were anxious to get their hands in the clay and immediately dived in, while others were cautious in approaching this foreign gray mass. Once they started to see their ability to manipulate the clay with their little fingers, they loved to squeeze the material and tear it into small pieces.

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Pomegranates were placed on a table today as a provocation. Our goal is to give the children an “experience” with food, meaning, we don’t want them to just eat it, but understand it, taste it, know where the food comes from, how to prepare it, and more.

We provide the children with opportunities to explore foods in their natural, whole form in order to help them have a new understanding of food and where to comes from.

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Studying the color blue

One morning we brought the students into the art studio to examine all fo the blue objects that they brought from home. Our goal was to simply have them examine, explore, wonder, describe, encourage curiosity, and open their eyes to the value of color. The world is not compromised of the basic colors in a crayon box and we wanted them to discover that.

On the first day, the only way they could describe the different colors of the objects was by saying it’s either “dark blue” or “light blue.” However, after describing an object as light blue, we introduced them to an even lighter blue object and they immediately were confused on what to say. Continue reading

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