Wednesday, 12 December 2018

A quiet space

This summer, we found " sit spots " for those children who didn't nap.
Last month, we found a "quiet space" for the non nappers in th cubbie area.

Everyday, a teacher stays with 6-8 children and the children have a quiet time reading books, drawing, do some puzzles.

Yesterday, I brought a playdough and mats and books and paper with markers.

Monday, Mai made a playdough with gold gritter and she added some cinnamon powder.

Roisin: Naomi this play dough smells real cookies!"

We are drawing a Christmas tree!!
I am making yummy cookies!

I am making a big Christmas cookie.

I made chocolate ginger bread man cookies.Ready to bake!

Now they are in a oven !

 After all cookies "baked", Gwen shared them with the children. We all "ate" the delicious cookies. 

The children's conversation warmed my heart. I started to feel this holiday season and wondered if families were baking cookies or decorating their house like my family does.

They all enjoyed quiet time sharing their family stories with cinnamon scent.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Outdoor forest play- Hopscotch-

Yesterday morning, when we played at the forest.

I collected some big leaves from the ground and put them as a line on the side of our forest play area.

Just like " Hopscotch"

When I started to explain the rules of this activity, Simone noticed " Naomi I know! this is Hopscotch" .
The beginning I set up the leaves in a straight line.
After all the children had two turns jumping I placed the leaves in a zigzag shape.
Adrienne : "Wow,  now it is a zigzag! I can do it!!!"
Simone: " Me too!"
 Almost 10 children joined the activity and a child said " My body is warm now Naomi! "
It was simple activity that emerges from the children's delight in jumping and the lovely leaves in our forest.
It was a very cold beautiful sunshine day! 

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Clay time on Tuesday afternoon.

One Tuesday afternoon, 5 children enjoyed time with clay.

Some of the children decided to make "a human " like they did last Friday with the other kind of modeling materials.



While I was making my " little human"  and trying to show "movement" such as helping her bend her knees, Elise and Emma began making accessories for her.

Elise:  " She needs some food.  Here is a sandwich."

Then a backpack was made " Now she can go on a picnic."     
 And Emma made a tiny blanket for the snowman.  

Lina made a ginger bread man that later turned into a hamburger just before it was eaten!
This started a whole cafeteria of food being made and shared.

The wonderful thing about being with the children was not only in what they were able to make with the material but with how they shared delight in ideas and processes with one another and with me.
They showed so much flexibility of thought and play as they transformed one objected into another. The power in this creativity is something that will help me in my own practice.

Clay time -Friday Art -Nov 16th-

We have started to explore clay inspired by Niki de Saint Phalle. 
She was a French - American sculptor, painter, and filmmaker. She was one of the few women artist widely known for monumental sculpture.
Before we started the our art project, we explored the differences between playdough and clay.
Most of the children had not touched clay before so we needed to take time and not rush this important step.

They noticed a lot of differences between playdough and clay, among them being the temperature, texture and the weight. 
We showed a few images of some of the artist's work. This was our entry point into the idea that clay can be used to express movement.

We started to explore making a human and we remembered from Picasso's work that sometimes there are different ways of expressing the human figure.

We talked about the parts be often see when we play with one another. Arms and legs turned out to take a bit of practice when using clay, but the children enjoyed the challenge.
And we noticed it is difficult to connect to each part of the bodies...and clay is a bit harder than making arm and legs.

Clay play helps the children to develop their hand and eye coordination as they pound, pat and push the clay into shapes and objects. 
And all the teachers delighted in the joy these children expressed through their engagement with this earthen material.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Group time on Tuesday 13th.

In this inquiry, we will explore sound.
The Maple group used some elastics to explore the sounds we could make with this tool.
A child offered that we could make sound by pulling the elastic so we all tried to it. But we couldn't hear a sound.
So that led us to putting the elastic on some of the things we found in the classroom such as glass jars  and a clay pot, an ice cube tray, wooden trays, big paper tubes and our chair legs.
We found many ways to make the sound, we could hear with these tools.

Our important observation was that the elastic vibrated like a wave. Our hands wavetoo. What does this help tell us about sound? We will found out some mre as we continue to explore.



Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Pumpkin seeds

The Maple group, we explored pumpkin seeds today.

I showed some pictures to the children that I  did pumpkin curving with my 8years old daughter last night.  That made them some senses about  curving pumpkin.

   Some children had never seen and touched inside of pumpkin.
After I cut off the top, we smelled and touched the seeds and scooped them out by spoon and washed them.

During lunch time, I tossed the seeds with melted butter and salt, and baked them.

 After the rest time, we tested the roasted pumpkin seeds ! We loved them very much!!!

I curved the pumpkin an owl as the children's request.

Have a happy and safe halloween !!!

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Rose Period -Tuesday afternoon Art

We have been exploring famous artists every Friday and Tuesday.

We have explored some of the works by Picasso.

We explored the rose period on 18th of September.

We used heart shaped paper, and purple, orange, read, white and black paint.

The children were intrigued by the use of purple and pink and we explored the making pink through colour mixing.

Through these explorations I have noticed some children really love to have a sense of how thinks are created. They want to know how shapes are made on the paper. I will draw their attention to these interests and when they asked me how to do something, such as make a heart shape, I will honour their request and show them how I do something.
I feel joy when work on these practices together.
I love art, I love to see the children enjoy the art time, expressing emotion, using their senses, exploring colour. And showing us their motor skill beautifully.

A quiet space

This summer, we found " sit spots " for those children who didn't nap. Last month, we found a "quiet space" for the...