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At the beginning of the school year our children were really enjoying playing outside in the flower pots full of mud, they were digging, using their fingers, throwing dirt everywhere around. We decided to start our year with the sensory experiences, which involved finger painting, playing in the sand table and water experiences. Also our children really enjoyed to play with little animal toys, so we combined both sensory and the love for the animals in our “farm experience”. We had a painted cow, with an “udder”, which was a glove, full of milk and our children pretend to play “milking a cow”.
After couple of months, while playing outside we noticed that our children were exploring nature around them. They were touching the leaves, trying to smell flowers and looking into our pond, so we went on a short nature walk. Children were free to pick up any materials that they liked and were interested in. At the end of our walk we have a big basket full of nature materials, as sticks, moss, leaves, and flowers. When we came back we decided to keep those materials and create a collage, using them as well as glue and paper.
Next day our children still wanted to collect nature materials and to bring them in, so we did. This time, however, we gave them another nature material-clay. They started to create different things, Ella, for example, made forest and Daniel made a “doggie house”.
Very soon our children found an ant nest on the playground and were very excited about it, so we got a real ant farm with ants. We were giving them food and water. We had an experience “guess what ants eat”, when we put a tray with a variety of food as ketchup, honey, chocolate, sugar, oil, grains ets near their nest and were trying to see what do ants like the most.
We made our own ants with clay and wire, we painted ants. We were reading books about ants. Once our children saw a lot of bugs outside and one of them was really big. Andrei said: “Look, it’s a Queen” (meaning ants queen, we were reading about)
Our children also tried to build tunnels and ants house, using nature materials as shells, sand, sticks, rocks. And had a really fun time, while building “human ants farm”, using recycled materials as boxes. We helped them to connect boxes with yarn and children were crawling inside the “tunnels”
After a while, grains (ants food) inside the ants farm started growing into plants. It was a new inspiration for us and our children to plant the seeds on our own and to see them growing.
We planted carrots, cucumbers, pumpkins, beans, every day our children can’t wait to go and see their garden.
It was an amazing year full of great memories and great discoveries!
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title- exploring the clay
Clay is very versatile and there are so many ways to experiment with it. Clay gives children the opportunity to be creative and learn about texture, shape and form whilst having lots of fun. Manipulating clay helps our children to develop their hand and eye co-ordination as they pound, pat and push the clay into shapes and objects, as well as develop the small muscles in their fingers and hands, known as fine motor skills. Through this manipulation, children can express their thoughts and ideas as they mold the clay to take on the form of their imagination.
page 13 two pictures of the same child on top and right under it
Building castles in the sky
We build castles with the blocks and added some shaving cream, so our children will benefit from both building and having a sensory experience.
Building helps with hand eye coordination as the child has to learn to place the block on the block tower in such a way that does not topple the tower.
Teaches early math and engineering skills through hands on learning. Children definitely learn better when they can feel objects and the best way to learn geometric shapes is to feel each and every corner. It also improves fine motor skills and enhances logical thinking capability – it provides mental stimulation and teaches children cause and effect.
p 17 creating collage
We created collage using colorful paper of different shapes and glue. While creating collage our children learn skills such as gluing, sticking, taping, cutting, tearing
Creating collage helps to experiment with different resources, to socialize with other children as they share materials and tools. It promotes creativity, pattern making, dimension and composition, while gaining concentration skills.
rainbow in a jar
we created a rainbow using food coloring and mason jars. We added the colors and then mixed them. After all we put them on the window to see how the light goes through it and changes the colors.
rain and wind experience
Our children noticed weather changes and we decided to make rain and wind, using eyedroppers to drop the blue colors for the rain and straws to blow the drops after they fall on the “earth” (foil), creating wind
we made mix the colors experience.
We added to the tray, placed on the light table, milk and food coloring. Children were fascinated by all the swirls the colors did as well as the way colors change, while mixed and lighted up from the bottom of the tray.
Our children building castles and houses together using magnet blocks. Great team work and social/emotional growth!
free painting using sponge brushes and different sizes brushes
Our children were painting on a canvas. Painting helps our children communicate their emotions or feelings. Through the use of different colors, they can express themselves without the use of words.Painting can be a great podium for children to progress and discover their creativity. Painting aids our children to develop mobility skills. Their hand muscles are being used, which allows them a scope to develop both mentally and physically.
Creating edible pudding and painting with it.
We created edible paint and used it in a foil. Our children experienced painting on a different texture, as well as trying how it tastes
Other pictures are a part of different experience, I feel they should not be there.
also collage, it was earlier in the album
when the children are at the table I dont see any experience going on, may be was just playing with the playdough
and the last picture is insect fossils, i think you should post more of these to make more sense of the page.
Our children created insect fossils using different toy insects and play dough. We also did explore them, using magnifying glasses after.
we created different shapes from recycled paper and were stamping them after on a paper with the paint
painting with pastels
our children used their imagination to color and draw with the pastels on a black paper
our children planted different vegetables.Gardening has a lot of benefits as it encourages them to eat healthier,provides engaging, moderate exercise, relieves stress, mproves focus & memory and t positively impacts mood & psychological wellbeing
p 38 creating caterpillars, using glue, pompons and pins
singing songs with Ms. Dany
milking the cow
By doing that experience we promoted bilateral coordination, fine motor skills, grasp, hand strength in our children
p 41- 42
Pretend play is an important part of childhood. This dramatic play milking the cow is perfect for toddlers. We learned how farmers milk their cows and that milk comes from their udders.
We practicing their fine motor skills, developing their hands and wrists, which will help them in future for writing skills as holding pencils.
Self-identifying through the mirror and world around us
visiting vpk class to see the hatching process and baby chicks
exploring nature around us, we found a caterpillar
Meet the Bunny
p 47 sports day with coach Lucy
p48 sticky web
We made a sticky web using a tape and caught many” bugs and butterflies” into it, made of crumbled paper.
Pinching and crumbling paper is an excellent fine motor exercise for children. It is an activity that works the small muscles of the hand and really strengthens the arches of the hands.
To really work those muscles, we made our children first tear the bits of tissue paper before they crumble them up.
Defined arches are very important in shoe tying, handwriting, and managing clothing like buttons and snaps.
washing baby dolls
There were many lovely moments of personal, Social and Emotional Development observed, with lots of gentleness as well as shushing, rocking, cuddling and singing to the dolls. our children learned : caring for others, role-playing, understanding about habits, showing understanding of hygiene and self-care practices, dressing
learning to cut and glue what they cut to the paper
p 52 exploring the lights and colors
creating special gifts for Mommy’s day and painting cards
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