Sunday, October 2, 2022

Building=Engineering and social skills

This week we brought out more building materials such as construction tools, cardboard pieces, bristle blocks, pegs and peg boards and a stapler. The children were immediately drawn to the tool set and began exploring with hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches and saws. These materials were brought out to support our exploration of the holiday, Sukkot where we often construct a Sukkah for the children to play in. Bringing out the new materials also increased the children interest in the boxes that have been in the room. The children began moving the boxes, climbing into and onto the boxes. Lots of laughter and games of peek-a-boo came out of these boxes. 
There is always an intention with the materials set out yet sometimes the actual learning that takes place could never be planned. 

SE4.1: Demonstrate relationship skills
APL2.1: Demonstrate development of flexible thinking skills during play
SC4.1: Demonstrate engineering design skills

Early writing skills

Early writing skills can be developed through strengthening the muscles in the fingers and hand. Eye hand coordination also is a factor with early writing skills. In this blog you can see the different ways the children are using writing materials such as markers and paper. We also have puzzles out daily to work on the pincer grasp and eye hand coordination. Other activities that we provide that are helpful with early writing skills are squeezing playdough, manipulating toys that twist and turn, peg boards, and sometimes we try squeezing glue bottles. Sometimes it may look as if we are not producing from the explorations and that is true. These explorations are setting the foundation for school readiness. 

ELA3.1: Demonstrate mechanics of writing
APL1.1: Demonstrate initiative and self-direction
SC5.1: Demonstrate scientific curiosity

Friday, September 23, 2022

Apples and honey!

Our Rosh Hashanah explorations have been so much fun! We made honey cakes with Ms. Georgia! We helped add ingredients and stir the mixture then Ms. Georgia used an electric mixer to blend it so well. The mixer was very loud!
Then, we tasted apples with honey to help bring in the Sweet New Year! Shana Tova!!
The children loved the apples and honey so much that they asked for more and even licked their plates! 
More adventures came from filling a bottle with shakers. The shakers were red like the apples we tasted! We have had so much fun celebrating 🎉🎉

SS1.1: Demonstrate development of self
PHG2.1: Demonstrate how the five senses support processing information
APL1.2: Demonstrate interest and curiosity as a learner 

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Apple Market!

In preparation for Rosh Hashana, the sweet new year, we listened to Rabbi Schusterman blow the shofar and then we went to the Oak classroom's apple market! We picked apples and put them in baskets and then we paid for the apples with green money! The Oak children put the apples in bags for us but not before we started eating them! The children loved hearing the shofar, buying apples but mostly tasting them!

APL4.1: Demonstrate development of social interactions during play
SS1.1: Demonstrate development of self
SS4.1: Demonstrate awareness of economics




Building=Engineering and social skills

This week we brought out more building materials such as construction tools, cardboard pieces, bristle blocks, pegs and peg boards and a sta...