Thursday, December 19, 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Beading is a great way to encourage fine motor practice and strengthen little fingers in preparation for future writing activities.
The children were provided with an assortment of delicate beads today and encouraged to create art with them.
Next time you walk by our classroom check out the beaded branch!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Exploring with Found Materials
"To a young child, the world is full of materials to touch, discover, and explore. To find, collect, sort, and use materials is to embark on a special kind of adventure. For adults, gathering materials means rediscovering the richness and beauty in natural, unexpected, and recyclable objects that are all around us, but not often noticed." (Weisman Topal & Gandini, 1999)
We strive to nurture a spirit of creation and exploration in our children. This requires the use of innovative and exciting materials, many of which can be found in your homes. Please consider donating some of these items to our program, especially as you celebrate and gather with family this upcoming winter break. Many thanks! Some suggested items include, but are not limited to:
2. fabric scraps
3. water/juice bottle caps
4. metal frozen juice lids
5. detergent/dish soap caps
6. old frames
7. wood scraps
10. metal odds and ends (e.g., discarded keys)
11. hardware (e.g., nuts, bolts, washers, screws)
12. plastic tubing
13. paper tubes
14. ribbon scraps
15. fronts of used greeting cards
16. cardboard packaging
17. large appliance boxes
18. broken costume jewelry
19. wine bottle corks
22. egg cartons
23. plastic hangers
24. interesting stones
30. cotton balls
34. packing peanuts
35. bubble wrap
36. small, plastic containers
37. plastic scoops
38. plastic/metal spoons and forks
39. wallpaper scraps
40. puzzle pieces
41. popsicle sticks
42. marker caps
43. plastic berry baskets
44. large aluminum cans
45. glass baby food jars
The children have been very interested in exploring pictures of themselves this week. We thought it would be interesting to photocopy our photos onto overhead transparencies for some exploration on the light table. They copied very well!
The children were drawn to the activity and were eager to first find themselves and then find a friend. It was interesting to listen to their conversations as they noted the differences between colour and black and white photos (e.g., "I can't see what colour your hair is in this picture. My eyes are blue, but not in this picture.") and sorted the photos based on common characteristics (e.g., gender, hair length).
We are hoping to add blank overheads to the centre to that the children can practice writing each other's name and matching names to photos.
During our play block children have the opportunity to explore any centre of their choice including drama, visual arts, building, fine motor practice, reading, writing, science, and snack. Here are some moments from this week!
Monday, December 9, 2013
The children met today's snowfall with such excitement! We went sledding on Mt. Suzuki!
This was such a great activity for encouraging cooperation among the children! The worked together to be successful in every aspect of this activity - carrying the sleds from the play yard to the hill, propelling themselves down the hill in the sled, and carrying the sled up to the top again.
The children were full of smiles! The joy in this activity was evident throughout and it was exciting for many to tell us that this was the first time they had gone sledding!
This activity was also great exercise. The children were responsible for carrying their sleds back to the top of the hill after sledding down. This was great for gross motor development (and keeping warm in the chilly weather).
Sunday, December 8, 2013
The children have expressed an interest in finding shapes in our environment. We thought it would be fun to go on a shape scavenger hunt around our school.
Friday, December 6, 2013
We put out two materials on the table today and were curious to see what the children would do. Shaving cream and blocks are an unlikely combination but 'oh so' exciting!
This is a fun activity for your child to do in the tub at bath time if they enjoyed it at school and are eager to try it again!