Crozet Play School

Kids at Play in Crozet


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Amphibians are Amazing!

We were so lucky to have a special guest or (guests) this week! David (Ts Daddy) brought in a wonderful group of salamanders, newts, a frog and a giant Toad! We are so lucky to have a recident Biologist in our school, and he found most of these creatures in their yard!

The salamanders were left in their wet dishes, but we were able to get out the newts and hold them! They were a few years old, bright orange, and so facinating to observe. We asked a lot of questions, overcame our fears, and got to giggle at these amazing creatures.

T was also an expert on all things Amphibian because of her Dad! She was able to answer almost every question her Dad asked the group. I guess we all need to do a bit of studying about Amphibians!

Thank you David for this fun experience for our children! He has promised to return with turtles next time, and I know the kids and I can’t wait!


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A Very “Witchy” Visitor

 

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Last week a witch stopped by our classroom for a visit!  She was a nice witch luckily and she brought a witch book along with a really fun witch potion activity.  The children got to make their own witches brew on the new light table.  They made the brew by squeezing their own combination of colors into the water.  Using their magic wand they stirred the water to create a new color.  Watching the colors mix up was such a magical process for the grown ups and kids alike!

 

 

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Thank you Sarah for helping us have such a witchy fun morning.  We had a blast with you!

 

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This color mixing exploration was a great follow up to our previous color mixing we did this month with the ice cube trays.  I was able to capture some more images of children working at the tables squeezing, mixing, and dropping. 

 

Understanding colors is a primary part of early childhood education.  “Knowing our colors” might seem to be such a basic skill, but color  knowledge is the beginning of all math, science and literacy learning.  Color words are often some of the first words that children use as descriptors of objects, shapes, and the world around them.  We use color knowledge all of the time in our world, from noticing the changes of the seasons, folding laundry, to shopping at the grocery store.  When children begin to explore beyond basic colors, but even their hues they begin to assimilate items in their world. 

 

“This is a light green, like celery.”

 

“A banana and pear are both different shades of yellow.”

 

When your child begin to discern differences in colors and shapes they will then be able to tell the difference between letters and numerals.  We aren’t simply playing with colored water, we are learning through play!

 

These activities then build the skills to sort colors, shapes, leaves, or attributes of objects. 

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More color mixing coming soon!

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