This has been a busy first few weeks of school! We have had many new areas of the classroom to explore! Often times throughout the year I will break down our blog updates into different areas:
Table Invitations: These are usually open ended activities with simple materials to engage children. These activities will sometimes be art related, sensory, fine motor, or just seasonal invtiations to play.
Light Play: The light area is a wonderful sensory experience in our classroom. The light play section is defined by any activity on the light panel or with the overhead projector.
Sensory Play: Sensory play is usually in the large red sensory tubs in the classroom, but it can often be smaller sensory activities we do related to art, getting messy, or engaging our senses!
Blocks and Mirrors: This seems to be an a very interesting and ever changing area with our group this year. My blog posts will usually highlight anything new or happenings at the block area.
Projects: This is a section where I will use documentation (pictures, words, quotes) to discuss areas we are learning more about in the classroom.
Learning Trays: These are the trays in the classroom that children can access at any time. Many of these trays have specific goals or activities for the children to complete. Examples of learning trays are color matching, shape games, math activities, and fine motor activities.
Please let me know if there is a section that pops up and you aren’t sure what I am referring too in our classroom day!
We opened our light area, and there are few different items to explore on both the overhead projector and the light panel. The children have most interested in the Magnatiles, and have been exploring them on a flat surface, three dimensional, and up into towers.
D and I built quite a tower!
I was so interested to see this 3 dimensional building that C and H worked on for the better part of a morning.
B was playing in the light and talking about his shadow on the wall with the overhead projector.
The first week of school I laid out a simple art invitation of paper, oil pastels, and vegetable oil. Once the children colored with the oil pastels they dipped the q-tips into the vegetable oil. This changes the oil pastels into a type of paint. We explored this invitation over a couple of days.
The children also enjoyed the leftover stickers from last year. They had a great time digging the box and finding many different types of stickers. Then they used crayons and markers to decorate our papers.
We have pulled out the learning trays a bunch of times over the past two weeks. The children have actually lined up to complete some of the tasks in the learning trays! One of the most popular trays has been the Cheerio Towers. You can see the pictures of our amazing towers below:
T worked so hard to put each and every cheerio on her tower! We placed a skewer in a ball of play dough and then very carefully put cheerios onto the skewer. This is a great activity for fine motor building and gaining attention spans.
They have also dug around in the tray of kinetic sand. This is such an interesting sensory material to manipulate. I offered buttons and small colored sticks to dig, hide, and poke into the kinetickenetic sand.
We also placed the color sticks into a parmesan cheese shaker. This is another great fine motor activity building the pincher grip and hand-eye coordination.
Blocks and Mirrors:
Everyone also stopped by to explore our Wedgits on top of the long mirror. We did a lot of building, crashing and starting over and over again. Wedgits are a great manipulative and provide lots of open ended exploration.
D is proud of his creation!
The first two weeks of school we got to dig our hands into natural play dough and wooden beads. Such a simple invitation that led lots of cupcakes and pies to eat!