Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Spookley the Square Pumpkin!

I just couldn't wait to share a picture of these cute little pumpkins!  They are all so unique, just us!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Why can't we just do it for them?

This is a question I hear all the time! Why don't you just do it for them? Why are you making the child get frustrated when you could just do it for them? If someone stepped in every time we got frustrated, we would start to believe that it really is too hard! Maybe I'm really not capable of doing it for myself. We work hard at teaching the kiddos that they can do anything! From drawing a person to putting on their own coat! When you see a child do something on their own for the first time, their face lights up and they are so proud! They absolutely glow! They are proud and now they know that if they work hard, they can do anything!

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Try Everything!

We are all capable of everything! It is amazing the power of YET in our lives! 
I don't know how to write my name...YET!
I don't know how to draw...YET!
I don't know my shapes...YET!

It works for adults, too!
I don't know how to cook...YET!
I don't know how to knit...YET!

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Listen to this SONG!
This is what we do in our classroom!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Oh, what a beautiful Morning!

Using Nature in Art!

I love using natural items to create beautiful art! This week at Natural Explorations ECFE class we used natural paintbrushes to create an amazing mural! The kids had a great time exploring how the different brushes created different prints on the paper! 

Natural Paintbrushes

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world!"--Anne Frank

Our Peace Mural!

Friday, September 16, 2016

International Peace Day!

We celebrated International Peace Day on September 21! Our ECFE students created a peace branch by painting a branch and then adding peace beads! They strung beads on wire and added curves and twists to the wire! My Preschool friends painted beautiful Peace Doves to add to the display! What an amazing tribute of LOVE, PEACE and TEAMWORK!

It looks Like I'm Playing. . . Thanks to Dr. Jean




Play is a child’s work, and through learning centers children can discover their world as they play. Centers are the perfect vehicle to help children STEAM ahead!
Blocks - It looks like I’m playing, but I am an engineer as I plan and build. I’m also being a mathematician as I explore shapes and space. I’m using my small motor skills and developing the executive function as I organize, complete a task, and take responsibility for cleaning up my projects. I’m using my 21st Century skills as I cooperate, collaborate, and communicate with my friends.

Science - It looks like I’m playing, but I’m doing what scientists do by observing, predicting, experimenting, recording, and reporting. I’m developing a curiosity about the world and using my senses as I problem solve and explore. I’m discovering how to learn by reading books, doing research on the internet, and asking questions. The way I learn best is with HANDS ON materials in the science center.
Art – It looks like I’m playing, but I’m developing my creativity, small motor skills, social skills, independence, and responsibility. As I plan my design I’m using engineering skills. When I use scissors, glue, or a hole punch I’m using technology. Art gives me a visual way to show what I know and what I’m learning.
Math - It looks like I’m playing, but I’m really a mathematician as I count objects, measure, and sort. I’m also developing concepts about quantity, shapes, addition, and subtraction. When I use tangrams, a ten frame, a ruler, or a calculator I’m learning to feel confident with my ability to use math tools. Doing math is like a puzzle that’s fun to solve.
Table Toys - Yes, even when I’m playing with puzzles, play dough, beads, and pegboards I’m an engineer. I plan, think about what I want to design, and then adapt as I create. I’m developing small muscles, eye-hand coordination, attention span, social skills, and math concepts about size, shape, and pattern.

Sensory Motor (aka Sand and Water Area) – I love to explore (mess around!) with water, sand, rice, and other sensory materials. Give me some measuring cups and I’m doing math. Give me a water wheel, shovel, or tongs and I’m using technology. Give me objects to predict if they will sink or float and I’m a scientist.

Classroom Library – I’m developing reading skills, a love books, and I’m discovering how to learn new things in the classroom library. Animal books, nature magazines, brochures, and field guides all spark my interest in new topics. No matter where I go or what I become it will be important to read and write in the future.

Writing - Paper, pencils, blank books, markers, crayons, and a variety of writing materials give me the opportunity to plan, record data, imagine, recall information, and use my reading and writing skills in a meaningful way.

Dramatic Play – It looks like I’m playing, but I’m developing oral language, social skills, emotional skills, independence, my imagination, responsibility, and the executive function. I’m also learning to sort, predict, and do critical thinking as I role-play and solve problems.


thank you to Dr. Jean and Friends for these awesome descriptions!