What a fun filled artsy year of creativity and exploration!
Category: Room 1
Snail’s Pace Race on the Patio
This past month our friends played a life-size version of the children’s board game, Snail’s Pace Race on the Patio with Ms. Kristen.
Why are “games” and “play” such a vital part of early childhood education? Nothing answers that question better than seeing the range of skills being developed in such fun and practical ways as this.
While we play we are developing social emotional skills–engaging in cooperative play, delegating roles, taking turns, regulating our own emotions, developing self-confidence and laying the groundwork for character development and sportsmanship. This fun and engaging game also increases our attention span as we pay attention to each role of the color cube. One-to-one correspondence is one of the most challenging early math foundations and this is a way to reinforce the concept visually and pragmatically.
Trader Joe’s on the Patio
Older Pod has been enjoying a Trader Joe’s dramatic play area on The Patio with Ms. Kristen!
As we play, we learn to share space, take turns with materials, delegate roles, and collaborate with our peers. Dramatic play is vital in the development of creativity through the use of imagination. Most evidently, this particular dramatic play is helping us develop communication skills and teamwork. We are also gaining knowledge of the world around us— learning fruits and vegetables, increasing phonological awareness through print, practicing exchanging money for goods, assigning numerical values to things, and counting.
Check out our friends hard at work!
THANK YOU to the many families who contributed recycled goods and THANK YOU to our favorite local grocery store—Trader Joe’s!
The Curiosity Approach: Valentine’s Week on the Patio
The curiosity approach is an early childhood teaching method that aims to ignite a child’s natural curiosity and imagination. As adults and teachers we sometimes are too quick to model how we want materials used, find ourselves leading play by making suggestions and guiding children through activities we have prepared for them. It is important to take a step back and remember just how capable children are to think for themselves, make their own choices and direct their own learning. We want to equip children with the confidence to make good choices and explore the world around them in safe and enriching ways.
Room 1 was the first to arrive at this Valentine inspired activity. With interests peaked, our older 4 year olds began picking up the materials at this table. They were wide-eyed and curiously asked, “What do we do here?” and “What do we do with this?” With no adult direction, they started picking apart the flower petals, cutting the stems–dissecting the flowers! What better way to learn the parts of a flower than to be given the freedom to do what every child instinctually wants to do–take it apart to explore it! Of course with an activity like this comes the discussion of caring for nature so things can continue to grow. But in this moment and with these roses that have already been plucked from the ground, we are the ones growing–growing in our knowledge of the world around us, growing in life science, and growing in personal discovery.
Check out the way our little ones used the petals to color the water, make observations with magnifying glasses, and discuss their step-by-step process with friends.
A very special THANK YOU to David’s mommy for donating these roses to The Patio for us to explore all week long! We LOVED them!
A Beary Lovely Tea Party
Our friends have been enjoying a Beary Lovely Tea Party on the older pod patio. We are getting the most out of our playtime by using our imagination, practicing important social-emotional skills and developing language.
How unbearably sweet to see our friends care for their teddy bears in such loving ways.
“Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14
We did it! Thank you to our FIFTEEN generous donors we were able to raise $1,275 to purchase a beautiful, long-lasting, outdoor sensory table from Community Playthings. Our older pod friends are currently enjoying their new table along with some festive-fall pumpkin exploration.
A very special THANK YOU to—
The Archer Family
The Boyce Family
The Clark Family
The Ebrahimi Family
The Ferrera Family
The Hernandez Family
The Sugranes Family
The Kiprotcih Family
The Lee Family
The MacLeod Family
The Ortiz Family
The Poehler Family
The Stryker Family
The Yuen Family
The Yun Family
FIRE STATION 38 VISIT
We had a wonderful visit today from the firefighters of Station 38. They brought out their truck and gear to show us how it all worked. The kids were thrilled! We can’t thank our local heroes enough for all they do and for spending time with us.
Apple Picking on the Patio
A little gross motor, a little fall fun—On the older pod patio we are “picking apples.” This gross motor activity challenges our friends to practice balance and coordination!
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Collaborative Collages on the Patio
Collaborative work is so important for healthy development. When we collaborate we— practice being flexible, learn to share space and materials, reduce environmental waste and build community with our peers! On the patio, we worked together to create some fall nature collages. Stop by the patio to check out our beautiful collaborative creations!
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body…” 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
Itsy Bitsy Spider on the Patio
Our older pod friends are enjoying some itsy bitsy (and some not-so-itsy-bitsy) spiders at the water table this week! It’s a sensory experience that ties in literacy—language development and story-telling fun.