We often put different art supplies on the table for open exploration. On this day, we set out recycled cardboard from packaging, scraps of fabrics, pompoms, colored glue and permanent markers. The Laser Bugs use their creative thinking and go to work!
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.
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!