The Laser Bugs got to make Play Dough with Ms.Michelle and Ms.Dodo Last Friday!
Repeatedly giving young learners “Work Sheets” is a thing of the past, research has found and stated that hands on exploration is more beneficial to supporting a child’s learning. Completing work sheets may give children some knowledge of subjects, but it does not support their deeper understanding of concepts. Work sheets have a narrow focus and do not allow the child to apply and reconstruct their working theories on a particular concept.
The work sheets that you may see your child come home with from our classroom are not given as a part of our learning focus. They are recycled papers from the refuse of the older grades. It is PreK 2B doing our small part to make SIS a bit more “Green”. We put these left over or mistake copies in our writing center and the children choose how they want to use them. They enjoy coloring and cutting them up. Sometimes they give them to each other as gifts or cards, incorporate them into another project or creation or glue them into their writing books to support their drawings.
When your child brings home a “Creation” made from various scraps of paper and/or recyclables taped together, take them seriously and look at them as though they were a mini engineer, architect or designer.
They have taken simple household recyclables and used their representation and symbolic thinking to create something great from their imagination. They take their time and consider each step of the process, planning out where to connect each new piece of paper or plastic/cardboard item. While they work they are excited to describe what they are making and have discussions with other children about different details of their and other’s work.
When children bring home their “Creations” ask them to explain what they have made and ask them questions with interest about their machines, cars, robots, houses…..etc. I am sure that you will be surprised by their amazing imaginations and working theories.
Slippery fish was one of our first favorite classroom songs and as we really started to enjoy performing on our classroom stage, we had a blast making our own version!
Simple children’ songs are not just fun. They provide a great opportunity for young learners to build confidence with trying to learn and use new vocabulary. Building vocabulary, a strong foundation in language, along with a love for stories and retelling stories will support literary development. Please enjoy our digital story telling!
The Caterpillars took some time to create “Thank You” cards for their big buddies and the teachers that created art pieces or wrote poems for the collaborative art project. This project has connected with our Te Whariki strands throughout the school year, especially with the
Contribution strand and now with the Communication strand.
One big theme in this project was the act of communicating. All students involved (big and small) explored and discovered different ways to communicate. There were many opportunities for students to communicate ideas, interpretations, reflections and develop purposeful verbal skills in creative and expressive ways.
We had a visitor named Mr Lloyd last week and he helped us build a castle as a team. The Caterpillars shared their ideas and constructed their castle together. During the building process some of the children first drew their ideas of what the castle would include or the characters that could live inside. Throughout the morning as the children were engaged in this activity, they demonstrated their complex thinking skills and their emerging literacy development.