Room 1 in the Family Center
Happy New Year! The Year of the Horse.
Soup month was so much fun. The children in Room 1 loved cooking soups weekly. All the children explored and experienced with the entire process and preparation that entails cooking. We picked up ingredients at the farmers market; we poured, scooped, and mixed yummy veggies to create a delicious soup. Peas were a favorite veggie!
Room 1 friends made made ABC and duck noodle soup, Italian wedding soup, split pea soup, and broccoli soup. We tasted soup made by other classrooms in the Family Center. The soup curriculum expand into other areas of the room. Friends explored the pretend food in the ice and in the water. They liked the the book To Market To Market. We also sang soup songs at circle and with Betsy. We now have a box in the classroom and will begin our box curriculum.
Lessons in Balance
When we think of math and physics we don’t usually think of young children. However, scales are an example of a tool that supports children’s critical thinking and aids early child mathematics curriculum. A scale works from a very straightforward concept—a single pivot point and the forces associated with each arm. This concept is approachable for a child of any age. Balance the arms, place more weight on one side, and gravity will pull that side down. These are simple concepts, but very complex when analyzed and questioned! Enter the curious child!
As children play with the balance they begin to form an intuitive understanding of balance, leverage, mass and mathematical computation. For younger children just beginning to explore quality and quantity, we use terms such as “more”. We listen for their clues of a growing understanding as they describe objects on each side of the scale and use terms like “big”, “little”, “too much” or “lots more”. We are carrying over balance into other areas of the curriculum such as in music and movement.
We have been singing "I’m a Little Teapot" and when we lean our bodies to the side we have to balance our bodies and try to not fall over. We have also been doing yoga poses and working on balancing our bodies in space by standing tall with arms extended and lifting one leg.