Friday, December 11, 2020

What do you see?

What do you see?

Introducing new topics and artifacts is always fun in a preschool room, especially when children are seemingly seeing something for the first time. I put an object on a table and asked, what do you see? When you look at it, what do you think/wonder? And of course followed with, what makes you think so? Based on what you read below, what do you think it is?


  • “It looks like an up-side-down rainbow. I wonder if it is a necklace.” C
  • “I think it’s a splat holder, (what makes you think so?) because of the splats (wax drippings) on it.” L
  • “I wonder if it’s a candle, (what makes you say that?) because of the holes.” L
  • “It looks like a statue. It looks like a trophy.” (What makes you say that?) “Because the lines of it are bent.” H
  • “It looks different from the paper” H
  • I think …“It represents something on December 11” E
  • “It kind of has teeth.” L
  • “In the middle there is like a fairy. When the holes pop out, they pop out like fire.” J

If you thought menorah, you are correct! I started with one Hanukkah Menorah on the table then I added another one, as well as adding a symmetrical cutout menorah we made in the classroom. Then we noticed:


  • “It’s like math, (what makes you say that?) because it has 1, 2, 3, 4, … 9 holes. Now there are three menorahs and they all of 9 holes – there are 27 holes altogether. Wait, I made a mistake! The paper one doesn’t have holes! I fooled my brain!,” he said laughing.  E
  • “I see fractions!” J 

Following the last observation, a collection of children started to count by 3s and others chimed in.

We learned that not all menorahs are symmetrical but many are, and the holes are generally equally spaced. 

After exploring and learning a bit more about Hanukkah and the Hanukkah Menorah, we learned…


  • “It’s for lighting candles.” E
  • “Remembrance of ancestors.” C
  • “Candles represent one day.” L
  • “The candles burn low.” L
  • “Every night you burn the candle(s) at night.” H
  • “You light the candles after day.” C 

We discussed Hanukkah lasting eight nights, lighting the menorah after sundown, adding candles left to right and lighting them from right to left, adding one candle per night and lighting the other candles with the shammash (the helper candle). 

Enjoy lighting the lights!

Here are some bonus shots of fraction, graphing, and sewing projects and art class from our week - enjoy!


Oh, this class! One got it started and the rest joined in! 

Thursday, December 10, 2020

As you are busily looking for gifts for your children, don’t forget a simple tape measurer (fabric is ideal). 

Thursday morning I put out different crafts and things to work on, and every child received a simple tape measure as well.

 First, there was curiosity and counting, then there was an explosion of excitement as they started to measure EVERYTHING! 

Within no time, numbers were being called out followed by “the floor is longer than 60!” HC announced. Once they discovered things were “longer than 60,” they banded together “It’s 60 and 60 and 60!” 

ES exclaimed, “It’s 60 three times! Do you know what that is?! 180!!” Every child in the classroom was measuring and adding their measuring tape to see the length of the rugs, width and length of the floor, the height of the tree – it was a full-blown Seabury moment. 

No directions, just a measuring tape. 

Simply enjoy!

Friday, November 20, 2020

A Creative Time


Art incorporates it all! Through a series of structured works to open-ended creative works, we are exploring geometry, culture, and traditions. Through these, we work on many indirect skills as well, like fine motor and pincer grip, focus, and extended concentration. Enjoy!

In these pieces, each child sewed the outline of their hand onto burlap and wove in feathers to decorate – great fine motor work and creative. Hang on to the handprints, they change quickly!

This week we also incorporated MakerSpace in a way that honors the current times. Typically, a makerspace is a collaborative creative space where a group can generate ideas and build with available materials together. It's a safe space to explore, create, and collaborate. These days, as we are not building together physically, the children were given their own MakerSpace filled with materials you might even find in your own home. The classroom was filled with chatter and soon enough we had a fishing boat, a marshmallow on a stick to roast over a volcano, an airplane, a camera, and many solid creative structures. An art space or maker space is highly recommended for anyone! Over the holidays, hang onto that extra ribbon and wrapping paper and you are well on your way! 

"Look! It's a camera!" HC

"It's a fishing boat. There's a place to stay out of the rain" L

We also worked on geo-turkeys. Using the idea of rangoli, which we explored during Diwali, we combined geometry with Diwali and Thanksgiving! Rangoli is an incredible artform that explores geometry and high levels of mathematics like area and perimeter, as well as creativity and they are so beautiful. 

"I made a cat!" E

Keep on creating!

What do you see?

What do you see? Introducing new topics and artifacts is always fun in a preschool room, especially when children are seemingly seeing somet...