Saturday, April 29, 2017

we love snails in the classroom


It's getting harder and harder to find snails to bring to the classroom but when we find them, oh boy, do we enjoy them! We create a snail habitat by placing dirt, rocks, and small pots or cups onto a tray or shallow bin for the snails to enjoy. We have a squirtbottle nearby to keep them damp and I encourage gentle hands and wonder when we have the snails in the room. The cool part is that snails can be popped into a ziplock bag or container with lettuce or cabbe leaves and stored in the fridge. We do this for the week then liberate them to our small play yard. One year, after such a liberation, we found dozens of itty bitty baby snails in our garden. It was really cool! Anotehr year, we found a snail, weeks later, had moved into our nursery rhyme book and ate it's way through a few pages! The children were DELIGHTED when my teacing partner pulled out the book to read only to discover a wayward snail inside!

Friday, April 28, 2017

playing a symmetry game

We do the symmetry game at group time in the spring (my mother used to do this with me when I was really young, yay memories!) Many of my three year olds are now four and are beginning to grasp larger concepts. We talk about the wings of a butterfly when we introduce symmetry aka bilateral symmetry. I will draw a butterfly on the chalkboard as guided by the children narrating my process as I do so. Then I place an object on one side and invite a child to match it on the other side. Once everyone gets a turn, we place more chalkboards on the carpet for the children to play it together. It's totally cool if they do not get it, they will someday. What this does is give us teachers a chance to assess the children without assessing them. Sometimes, there will be a child so into the game that it carries off into their play for the week. They discover other items with smmetry and we guide them through their learning based o nwhere their interests are.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

all for me

She made me a play dough bouquet of goodness....all the flowers she could find, straws (the bendy kind...she pointed out to me), honeycombed fruit picks, glitter, cookie presses, and play dough...of course.