Monday, April 24, 2017

Beavers

Last week we visited the pond.
But before we went at school we played with a pond.
We talked about all the different animals that might live at a pond.
At the pond we focused on beavers.
We enjoyed a StoryWalk through the mud.
 Page to page the children read the pictures and told us
what was happening.
We looked for evidence that beavers were here.
There is still a bit of their home across the pond but I don't think it has
been lived in for a few years.
Back at school the next day I changed our play dough table.
Brown play dough, sticks, rocks and animals were provided to invite
the children to play.
It was cool to see the children discover that they could make 
animal tracks in the dough (pretend mud).
Or structures for the animals to sit in or hide under.





Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Math Table

Have you visited Teach Preschool by Deborah J. Stewart?
I've mentioned her blog before and it's because
she does fantastic activities
that we can learn so much from.
One activity that she shared was her math table.
I loved the simple idea and decided to try it at our centre.
The table is covered with paper then divided into sections.
Each section has a number written in it and on the shelf
beside it has a variety of materials they can use
to count.
For the first few days each section had only a number
but I found not many children were playing at it.
So I added marks to correspond with each number
it became easier for younger children to play.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Counting Carrots


The children were encouraged to count the carrots in the rabbits' garden.
The carrots pop out of their hole and can be moved around.
Especially if the rabbits are hungry.
This child used the carrot and pretended to draw
and print numbers.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Buddies' Riddles

Last week the big buddies created an activity for their little buddies.
Each of them were given an egg, a little animal and a card.
Their task was to think of four clues to describe their animal.
They wrote them out and numbered their card to match the number on the egg.
Ms. Smith, their teacher, checked to see if the big buddies could guess the clues.
When done we were ready to get together.
We met in the gym and after singing a song to warm up the buddy pairs
settled in all around the gym.
Each pair had an egg and the matching clues.
The big buddies read the clues while the little buddy tried to guess what was in the egg.
The big buddies read the clues and helped the little buddy guess.
They didn't rush, they encouraged and they had fun.
Then after guessing and opening the egg they put it altogether and moved to a new egg.
The little buddies showed great patience waiting to open the egg.
They listened, they focused and they guessed.
They were rewarded by playing with the toy with their big buddy.
I was impressed, as I'm always am, with how the big buddies 
help the little buddies feel comfortable.
This is a drop in program and most visits the big buddies have a new
little buddy which makes it very difficult 
to build relationships.
But they have learned wonderful skills that allow them to relate
with each new buddy they meet.
The parents and grandparents have been very impressed.