Room 1 in the Family Center
We have started to play in the water! We have gone to the sprinklers and now the roof! The room 1 friends are loving sitting in water, pouring water, and running through sprinklers. In the classroom friends have loved playing with manipulatives. The kineks and train track have been a favorite. The water table is always popular . We offer water with soap, with shaving cream, with ice, and more. The sand table offers amazing opportunities to notice full and empty, grasping, patting, and so much more! The lower loft is always popular . We have new hollow blocks that have offered exploration with towers and bridges. Goodnight moon is a favorite book, again!
Sift and Shout!
We all notice how much children love sand. Sand is great fun and a wonderful material for learning. Children learn mathematical and scientific concepts from playing at our sand table. For example, when kids pour sand from measuring cups and into another measure measuring cup, they are likely to be learning about estimation, volume, texture, and even counting and simple physics.
As room 1 friends play with sand, we encourage them to notice what they are doing or experiencing. For example, we might say “ The sand feels wet or the sand feels cold”. “wow, your cup is empty, ...now your cup is full!”
Do you remember how it feels to push your feet and toes into the sand when you are at the beach? Sand often has the same soothing effect on children. Sometimes we notice that kids who are frustrated, annoyed, or angry choose the sand table to work out those feelings.
Sand can also be an intriguing material for writing and drawing. For example paint brushes and popsicle sticks can be used to draw lines and “write” shapes that will soon be letters.
Weather in the classroom, at the playground, or the beach, sand can reinforce scientific ideas and mathematical concepts. Sand can be used to integrate cognitive, fine motor, and gross motor skills.
Also sand feels cool and is fun!
The Sound of Music
Children of all ages are naturally drawn to music. Infants coo at lullabies, toddlers bang on pots and pans with wooden spoons, and preschoolers sing and dance to music.
Children learn a variety of skills from musical experiences. Shaking, tapping, and beating instruments enhance fine motor development. Children listening for a beat, the sounds of different instruments, tunes, and lyrics are developing auditory discrimination.
Kids can experience the emotional effects of music by listening to and creating music that is soothing, exciting, or funny. Music promotes creative development as children experiment with new rhythms, sounds, and movements.
We are offering experiences of music through singing and instruments. During circle it is so fun to play drums and shake shakers. Best of all we have Betsy, the music teacher come to our classroom on Wednesdays and we go to her music room on Thursdays.