Thursday, October 8, 2020

Autumn

Spiders! Spiders! EVERYWHERE!

An inquiry curriculum is based on asking questions and asking the children what do you see? What do you think? What makes you think that? As we observe, study, and learn, we then ask them, what do you think now? What makes you think so?

This week, we took our magnifying glasses, quieted our bodies so that we could take it all in, and we walked.  We have enjoyed several walks around the school, listening and looking high and low. As we explore, we are learning to think like scientists! 



When I say scientist, what do you think?

HC – “They find new stuff and they figure things out.”

E – “They look and they find lots of cool things.”

J – “They think of themselves.”

HM – “Hot Wheels and math!” 















STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) is a time when the children work on different activities designed for different direct (obvious) aims, but largely include indirect (less obvious) aims as well, like organization, small/gross motor skills, independence, concentration, coordination, etc., all relating to STEM in some way. These activities are prepared and distributed based on a child’s individual needs, as well as abilities and interests. 


"These make it go down." HC



 



Friday, October 2, 2020


Pin-poking. Pin-pushing. Pin-punching. No matter what you call it, it is an excellent work for boosting fine motor skills. Aside from the pincher grip benefits, it also naturally guides children in learning to focus for extended periods of time and experience a peaceful calm in their bodies. In the first few pictures, you can see the pincher grip, the focus, and one of our current art projects relating to the season autumn. We often play classical music (Vivaldi's Autumn), while other times the children prefer no music at all. 




                                          

Exploring sets of numbers between 1 - 100





Exploring Fibonacci patterns and numbers in nature. 


















 

Friday, September 25, 2020

Specials – P.E. with Coach & Art with Angela



Specialists are always special! In art, the children are exploring lines using several different mediums. 





In P.E., the children are exploring the space around them and reaching far and wide!




Community helpers are picking up apples while balancing on one foot! 




And then ... 


 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Dots

This week, pre-k children explored dots in our environment, both natural and human-made, inspired by the story The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds.  The children worked on small motor skills and spatial awareness by cutting and gluing dots to create ladybugs. The children were also introduced to Wassily Kandinsky, an artist who was known to hear colors, in art class with Ms. Angela. They experimented with watercolors and painting concentric dots. 












We stuck with our dots theme throughout the week, and the children explored what they could do with 30 dots. After discovering they each had 30 dots total, we explored how we could group them. We counted by ones, twos, and discovered we could count by threes,   

“We can not count by fours.” E

said. Yet we could create equal sets of fives and sixes! 

“I have two sets of 15!” HC 


                                                                        "I have six sets of five!" 




Racing to 25 with die and dots! 

                                       

                                                             Studying a world of shapes.                                             

                                           

Friday, September 11, 2020

Is it an Arachnid?

We put on our scientist hats today and started to think like zoologists! 

"Why do spiders have fur?" L 

That was one of the many questions and observations shared in our classroom today, when a visitor offered us the opportunity to observe and wonder. In pre-k, we jump at the opportunity to explore the world around us. 

 

"Why was it stuck on the paper? Was it holding on to the paper?"  C



"Why does he have bumpy things on his head?" E 


"I think they are beautiful." C


"I wonder if that was a tarantula."  H
"I think the fur keeps their legs warm." H
"How do they walk so fast?" H


"I think black widows can make you sick or die. I do not think that is a black widow." J





It was, of course, respectfully released outside. 




Autumn

Spiders! Spiders! EVERYWHERE! An inquiry curriculum is based  on asking questions and asking the children  what do you see? What do you th...