Thursday, September 3, 2015

Back into the Swing of Things

School starts next week and we had 3 days to set up this week.  You would think three days is a lot of time but there are so many components to setting up a classroom that I worked to the max each day.

Here’s peek into my space.
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As you enter the room our sign in area (for the grown ups) is to the left.  After I take pictures of the children their area will be to the right.  Straight ahead is the snack area.
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Also to the right is a table I use to set up provocations.  As it is the beginning of the year I’ve set out some books and props to start a discussion on families.  We will learn about each other and what some common interests may be.

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Past the snack table I set up a table for exploring drawing and cutting.  Last year I noticed many children that were more interested in these activities then doing art or crafts.  Now it will be available all the time.

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      Into the art area which is surrounded by shelves and the painting easel.
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                             Three shelves are open for everyone to use.
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The last one holds materials that may be more expensive, rare or for my use.

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Moving around the room you will find a science table with seed pods to explore and a toddler table holding see through blocks of colour.

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More to the centre of the room is a small fine motor table and a sensory table.  Both holding beads but different sizes and material for stringing.

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Beside the toddler table is our homemade peg doll tree house with a shelf holding loose parts to play and create stories.  As well as another table that I place materials inviting the families to investigate.

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In the very centre of the room are small climbing foam blocks.  I covered them with a thick blanket mainly because I didn’t like the look of the coloured vinyl look.

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In the far corner is the block area that houses wooden and plastic blocks, lots of loose parts, cars, trucks, animals and houses.  I was given two of the big tubes.  We’ll see how the children interact with this one in this area, it may not be a big enough space.  The other tube is longer and I’ve put it in the gym.

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                Next is the sand table and a new table for play scenarios.

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The last corner is the house/dramatic play area.  There are two tables because I will have play dough available on one or they can bring down the puzzles from the shelf.

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I’ve tucked the light table into a little space of the house area.  I’m hoping to cover it somehow to make it more useable as a light table.  My room is very bright which doesn’t help the table be very ‘light’.  Any suggestions??

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Finally, we end with the carpet area.  It is used for our story times but I also set up play invitations for infants and toddlers.

Hope you’ve enjoyed your visit.  Since I work alone I would appreciate any feedback.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Snail Snacks

We finished our study on snails this week with a couple of fun snack ideas.
Day 1 we made Cinnamon Swirl Snails using our pretzel dough recipe.
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Each child took a piece of the dough and rolled it flat, then spread
                                         melted butter on it.
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They then sprinkled cinnamon sugar on top of it before rolling it up to look like a snail’s house.  Our school smelled delicious and we got lots of comments from students as they walked by.

Day 2 we used leftover hot dog buns to make Snail Sandwiches.
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They used one half of the hot dog bun and rolled it very flat before spreading either jam or Wowbutter on it.
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Then rolled it up to eat.

At the end of Day 2 we took our snail garden outside and let the snails go.
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                             Have a good summer snails.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Snail Math

No it’s not slow math but counting with snail shells.
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     Counting, matching, guessing how many, and recognizing numerals.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Fairy Tea Party

Today is International Fairy Tea Party day so I invited families to join me at
                              Fairy Lane to celebrate.
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This was also our day to celebrate the re-opening of Fairy Lane.  It was our first
official visit since the city put up the signs supporting this adventure.
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We dressed for the occasion and I brought along a few extra sets of wings.

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We started with a fairy hunt.  Some of our flower fairies were hidden and the children needed to find them and then stamp their booklet.
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       It took a little back tracking to find all six fairies but we did it together.

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                                     Then it was time for tea. 
                I offered the first pour then the children helped themselves.
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                  A tea party was a lovely way to end our school year.
                                Happy summer to all our families.