My classroom always has two sensory bins, one relating to our classroom theme, and one relating to the color we are focusing on for the month. Over my 11 years of working with preschool aged children, I have accumulated a lot of loose and missing pieces of things. I take those pieces and throw them into my color boxes instead of throwing them away! I've also raided friends and families toy bins of dollar store and happy meal toys that they are no longer using 😉
The color boxes allow students to discover different shades of a color, and talk about what different objects are. It also encourages them to explore items that might not be talked about on a regular basis (a great way for me to introduce different vocabulary!), and gives them a chance to pretend and create with a wide variety of items.
This month, Spongebob has been a constant companion of one of my students-- he has been on a wide variety of adventures in our classroom during center time, and the cup and bubble wand has seen a lot of pretend bubbles! I love seeing the creative uses for a bunch of loose parts my students come up with!
Children are busy people. Their minds are always thinking and their bodies are always moving. It’s great to see busy children, doing what they do best…be children! However, as much as children need active time during the day, they also need a bit of down time...where they can wind their bodies down and take a breather...it's one of the most important parts of their day. The Quiet Time Box was made for this very thing! You will find a variety of simple, quiet ideas and activities that will help keep their heart rate down, keep them in one spot, and give them some time to relax in a calm environment.
Here are just a few of the quiet ideas & activities you will find in the box:
•Draw to music. Follow rhythm.
•Have a quiet party with stuffed animals.
•Make shapes using your fingers.
•Lay down. “Draw” on ceiling/wall with flashlight.
•Toss cotton balls into a cup/bowl.
The best part is that the ideas and activities never get old...kids can do them over and over again.
This year I went on a hunt to find the perfect “Over the River and Through the Woods” book to add to our Thanksgiving collection. I love the 1844 poem and it’s music and really wanted something with a warm and cozy, traditional feel. This is the one we choose and we adore it. It is so beautifully rendered with woodcut illustrations (can’t get much cozier than that right?!) and is now part of our seasonal traditions.
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Today was leg day and with my knee I wasn’t able to do EVERY move and ALL the reps BUT I did what I could!!! I’m proud of myself because normally I would of said “ ya my knee’s bothering me I’m just gonna skip tonight” but instead I modified and did what I could!!! NSV yayyaaya
Who’s ready to toss those excuses a side and join me in this amazing journey!!#daycareprovider#boymomsrock#daycareowners#ece#momlife
Invitation to play with pumpkins, gourds and logs is one of the best ways to soak up the seasons best!
It has finally really snowed here in Fairbanks and we’ve been enjoying the mix of fall and winter exploration! We brought in snow and tested it out in the classroom, we as adults may love or hate the snow but it’s always amazing to see the range of emotions in the children’s faces as they explore it for the first time each season ❤️ If you love the snow leave a ❄️ in the comments!
If it's been snowing in your area and your kiddos are way past freezing but still wanting to PLAY--bring 'em in for a sensory activity with shaving cream!
After exploring it alone, ADD accessories like:
* straws (cut into different lengths)
* colored water beads
* plastic knives/spoons
* muffin tins
IF your kiddo is too young to hazard shaving cream (ie, putting it in their mouths and/or eyes) use plain yogurt instead! They may not need any accessories--the experience alone being enough stimulated learning!
This month our Year 2 Early Childhood Education students visited Ruatoki. They are studying the Mana Māori paper, which includes learning about colonisation and treaty-based practice so hung out with Ngāi Tūhoe activist and artist to glean some insights from him in these areas. While in Ruatoki, the students helped Tame plant up the vegetable garden that he is developing for the community as part of his vision for a post-settlement future.
E Tame, whakawhetai ki a koe mo tō awhi ki a tā mātou tauira! He mihi aroha ki a koe.
Thrilled to have my blog posted with @naeyc ! NAEYC advocates for early childhood education while consistently pushing for Developmentally Appropriate Practices. Blog link in bio. 👶🏼🧒🏽👧🏻👦🏼👶🏾 #fourmonkeyspress
✨” Don’t despise small beginnings”. I didn’t understand what it meant at the time it was spoken but I knew it was for me. A lot has happened in just a short time and it is mind blowing at just how faithful God is! So I am simple thankful that He took the time to create a position just for me and I can call it mines! Chanelle Hyde— CEO of “The Molding Pot in home childcare”. 🍎 👩🏾🎓 🏆 🎨 #Teachertipthursday ->GO AFTER YOUR DREAM! ✨
My favorite ♡ vern You are so amazing and go above and beyond every single day. Our thanksgiving fest was such a huge success thanks to you. I'm so thankful to have you at wadsworth and for all the times you make me laugh, make my lunch, and let me steal from the m&m stash. Your the real MVP