Problem solving and critical thinking refer to the ability to use knowledge, facts, and information to effectively sold problems. This does not mean you need to have an immediate answer; it means you have to be able to think on your feet, assess problems and find solutions. It is PROCESS, and this process has been present and active in our classroom. It is a amazing to watch the girls solve puzzles, construct the most amazing things out of blocks and turn ordinary objects out of whatever their imagination can dream up. They are creative and amazing problem solvers and critical thinkers, and we want them to see themselves as such! It is our goal to create a classroom environment in which the girls learn to take risks in their thinking and work beyond what they things hey are capable of.
As the girls work to build and solve puzzles together around the room they are...
-learning to communicate with each other to reach the same goal
-practicing decision making skills
-expressing their ideas
-examining and evaluating their decisions
-exploring cause and effect
The list could go on and on!!!
As they explore, they are celebrating their accomplishments.
"We did it!"
"Wow, it is bigger than us!"
"Our brains are growing, we did something new."
"We can't give up...we have to finish it."
"Can I get my save the place card. I am tired and need to try again later."
"I wonder if I can do it?"
"We are having good luck today with this puzzle."
"It's your turn to do the last piece."
They are problem-solving in their friendships and in their explorations around the room. They are learning to take turns, try new things, overcome their frustrations, and be persistent. Life-long skills that will continue to help them succeed!!
be intrigued by mistakes,
enjoy effort and keep on learning."
The girls were SO excited to get back to school and see their friends. It amazing how that short time off from school seems to return a group that feels just a little bit older and more grown up than they were before we sent them off for the holiday! They have come back stronger than ever and more curious about letters and numbers.
I love their curiosity, and I know that there is going to be a lot of growth in letter recognition as we move into this second semester.
One thing that the girls have been talking about non-stop is Frozen 2, and as the old expression goes… “If you can’t beat’em; join’em”. So we have embraced our inner Anna and Elsa and created a winter wonderland within our little Pre-K classroom. We started with a little "Let it Go" painting aka collaborative artwork.
We then used this artwork to create a back drop for building castles and homes for snowmen...oftentimes referred to as "Olaf and his family".
Skills: visual discrimination of geometric shapes
Creativity and exploration
"Come on Olaf come into your home."
"You won't melt in here Olaf."
"Snowflake-your dinner is ready. Don't worry we won't eat your carrot."
Writing names in the "snow"
Skills: Skills: Recalling information
Visual discrimination of letters
Recognizing numbers 1-13
Sequencing numbers 1-13
Stamping our names
Skills: letter recognition
visual discrimination of letters
Winter Story Telling
Skills: building classroom community
creativity and exploration
recalling information and making connections with the world
"Fairy Elsa is flying around and making snow."
"Her magic snow number is 32."
"Flutter Coldness is making presents for her family to go under the tree."
"Come and skate with me Anna!"
"My snow dog cannot come he is hibernate."
Their little imaginations are incredible and it is so fun to see them taking the stories and the information that we have shared at the carpet and incorporate it into their play. We had just talked about how the magic number for snow was 32 degrees and they made the connection hours later!
Sensory experience and exploration
Getting to feel ice in their hands was such a fun experience. We talked about ice being frozen water, the magic temperature of 32 degrees, and we got to see what happened first hand as the water slowly melted over the course of the morning.. The girls decided that our painting table needed it's own cloud like Olaf had that would allow it to stay frozen all the time despite the room temperatures.
"This is crazy awesome!"
"I didn't know ice was like magic."
"It is real magic like from the tooth fairy or Santa!"