Our beautiful classroom got a much needed face lift and I took some time to rearrange a ton of furniture in the room. Many of the children have been building lots of building, ramps, moving the tubes around, and I felt they just plain needed more building space. I moved around my train table area and brought out both of the wooden platforms that I have for building. I also moved the projector out the light area to add another element to the building environment.
It didn’t take them long to start exploring our new area! B got busy moving around the color paddles to see how they looked projected around the room.
It didn’t take long before B had an audience to see how they colors looked when they were manipulated on the overhead projector.
The light also provided a very soft glow that made it the perfect spot for building. I love seeing the whole group working on a building together. Above they made a large building with the unit blocks, LED candles, and the large animals. They spent a great deal of time here during the morning.
After the next few days I added translucent letters to the overhead projector, and it was interesting to see how the letters added a new level of play to the projector.
Immediately they loved to see all of the letters on the ceiling. Each child wanted to see “their letter” on the ceiling. As soon as their letter was projected they would climb up to the loft to touch their letter on the ceiling.
After we explored the letters on the overhead for a few days, we also explored the letters in our names using paper and pencil. These little crayons the kids are using are called “flip crayons.” They are purposely made very short and encourage the correct pencil grip when children are using them. We made these name puzzles by cutting strips of paper and using one piece per each letter in their name. Each child they wrote their letters down the strip of paper as many times as they could to practice their letters. Once they were finished we mixed up the pieces and they put their names back together again.
It was neat to see children’s names start to appear all around the room in different places.