Writing with a genuine purpose. Taking the time to foster relationships supports educators in learning about each individual. By taking the time to build this foundation we can provide rich oppourtunities where children naturally seek help towards their academics such as writing a magazine for their mom because we slowed down to listen. Join us Thursday October 26 to hear more about this story and ways we have engaged with writing in the classroom! Click the link for more registration…
Outdoor Provocation: How can a pumpkin be measured? Exploring a variety of standard and non standard measuring tools. Lots of discussion and comparison being made when each tool was used. Some students extended their exploration my sketching and recording their findings on a clipboard.
Classroom Materials: What are some of your "staple" materials? Lego has become one of ours! It is open ended and provides oppourtunities to build on fine motor skills, spatial awareness, social skills and creativity.
Kindergarten Literacy: Together we used chalk to draw a city that had roads, homes and buildings. As educators we entered their play and extended the learning based on their needs and development. Collaboratively we brainstormed what we wanted in the city and wrote the first letter sound we heard to the word. Example: W=Walmart, D=Doctor office,B=Beach,P=Park etc. By actively playing alongside the children their interests and learning were fostered through an engaging experience.
Classroom Environment: Our reflections on small group instruction
Outdoor Provocation: A child began experimenting with balancing on tires. Rather then asking the children to take the tires down we provided them with a direct prompt " How many ways can you make your body balance?" Risky play is important and with supervision/ guidance children can are given oppourtunites to learn how to evaluate safety and to coordinate their bodies.
During our rain project, we investigated different types of materials that people could use to make umbrellas. Which ones are waterproof and which ones leak? This conversation led to great learning around materials and was interactive for the whole class.
Here’s a simple open-ended building activity for kids of all ages – Colored craft sticks, wooden cubes, and small plastic cups! Simple materials, and yet we have been having a blast building all kinds of amazing structures with them.