Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sensory Table Fun

The sensory tables in the Walnut room got a lot of use today. The children love adding objects such as balls and rocks to the water and seeing if they float or sink. We have a lot of different beakers and tubes that the children can use in the water and observe how the water flows through and could be used with these objects. The children liked mixing the colors of the water from the two different bins to figure out which color it would make, and loved making different sized waves in the water. 

"When I add water, it comes out of the little hole in the bottom very slowly" -Leanes 
Livy and Leanes enjoyed the water tables in the Walnut room. Livy said "When I move this cup, I can make different sized waves in the water"

Teaching Strategies: 26: Demonstrates knowledge of the physical properties of objects and materials. 
28: Uses tools and other technology to perform tasks. 
Courtney Shatney, HDF 409

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Art Cart Fun!

With the overcast all day today, it saved us from the rain till the very end of our school day! On the art cart we added something new for the children to use their imagination to build what they wanted. They got to use Magic Nuudles! Children came up with many different ideas for their own projects and had so much fun!

What are you building with the Magic Nuudles?

Livy: "I'm making a long caterpillar! It's for my best friend!"

Graeme: "Look! I'm making truffula trees!"

Zoey: "I'm making a rainbow!"

Teaching Strategy:

Approaches to Learning
Approach tasks and activities with increased flexibility, imagination, inventiveness, and confidence.

Paige Prudhomme, HDF 409

Monday, May 22, 2017

Welcome to Monday!

The children were very energetic today! Fun happened across the school. Outside, they made leis and did marble painting. Many small groups went outside today to play games or go for a walk. Inside, the children had the opportunity to try out a driving simulator in the Light Studio and to try on their bug wings in the Pine room.

Johnathan said, "I'm higher than everything."

Sarah buzzed around the Pine Room as a bee!

Rohan built a lego house and put a dog on top.

Ryan used the tower and a board to make a ramp for the car.

Emily Andersen
HDF 409

TS Gold Objective 31: Explores change related to familiar people or places.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Making a Habitat!

Over the course of this week, the children have been very interested in a habitat that they had made for bugs that they find outdoors. From roly-polies, ants, beetles and even spiders, the children find them and put them in the habitat! They also used their knowledge of living things and the environment to add elements like rocks, dirt, leaves, and wood chips to make the bugs comfortable in their new home!

"We need to be gentle with the bugs!" -Stephen

Taevion holds a roly-poly in his hand. "He's hiding!"

"Here Anaya, im finding the ants that are under the dirt" -Evie

Early Learning Expectation: Observation and Inquiry. Children develop positive attitudes and gain knowledge about science through observation and active play.
Caitlyn Key HDF 409

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Maple Room Fun

While some children played outside for centers, some decided to stay in and enjoy an open classroom.  The maple room had some curious minds fill it today! We had children play with the math puzzles, use the iPad to work on spelling and letter recognition, make artwork with the different supplies, and play with the clay! 

Leanes stomped on the body clay.
"This is super squishy" she stated. 

Favour helping to count blocks to add to the number puzzle.

Teaching Strategies: Children can use their own ideas to draw, paint, mold and build with a variety of art materials.
Children begin to develop an understanding of numbers and explore simple mathematical processes using concrete materials. 

Courtney Shatney HDF 409

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Morning Center Time Outside?!

Today as a team we decided to change things up for morning center time. We decided to open the outdoors for children to play. We also had open the hallway, the Maple room, the Walnut room, and the Kitchen! This morning when the children came to school this was something completely new for them and for our staff too!

"Why did you chose outside for your center time?"

 Aliana: "It's fun and I can run everywhere!"

Mathias "Because I love outside!"

 Harper: "Because I like fresh air so I'm not hot inside and now I can play Ninja Turtles!"

Teaching Strategy:
Demonstrates children participating in outdoor play showing their own individual interests 

Paige Prudhomme
HDF 409

Monday, May 15, 2017

Happy Monday!

Today was a busy day at preschool. The children had multiple opportunities to play outside. Several small groups used our outdoor spaces, and for afternoon centers the children also played on the playground. Also, our grandparent friends came to visit us today! They played with the children at the outdoor tabletop activities during afternoon centers.

Annika and Pemisire were playing together on the playground. 
"This wagon is our house!" - Annika
Andre and Divine engaged in a fun conversation at rest time.

Annika, Pemisire, and Thomas worked together to build a train track.

TS Gold Standard 10: Uses appropriate conversational and other communication skills.

Emily Andersen
HDF 409