We continue to explore our environment by shedding light on things we see on a daily bases. All things in our world have a shape and a color. Isn’t it amazing that just three colors…blue, yellow, and red make so many other colors? We have” mixed it up” quite a bit lately by exploring the wonderful world of colors. We have shared many stories, incorporated sensory play, math skills, made predictions, and explored the concept of cause and effect by mixing up colors. The girls also made collage birthday boards according to what their favorite color was, and many rainbows have been seen in journals, on clip boards and other activities around the room. Let’s celebrate….colors of the rainbow and much much more!!
Scraps by Lois Ehlert introduced the girls to the art of collage, which is a collection of various materials, scraps, objects, etc. to create a picture and inspire their creative side. Several trips were made to the materials center to find things to create their birthday boards according to their favorite color. The girls also searched our classroom for things to add to their creations.
Wacky Rainbows with clay, beads, and wire.
Cause and Effect
What did you see when the colors dropped in?
Page- Mine tuned different colors
Aliyah- Mine swirled big
Nia- Mine turned like a rainbow...really fast
Mazzy- Mine are going on a trip
Kaley-I made all different colors
Reflection: Creativity is thinking, expressing, or putting things together in a new way. Are these girls being creative? I say yes!!!
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Wherever you are-inside or outside-there are shapes to discover. The girls have found circles, squares, rectangles, hearts, stars and many more. They are beginning to understand and recognize that these shapes have attributes that are the same and different. Walking to lunch has taken on yet another learning tool as the girls are making so many observations outside by spying shapes all around. The connections they are making will certainly be valuable as they continue to explore their environment.
Reflection: I am incredibly inspired by the dialogue generated through our discussion during the development of our class book about shapes. The girls are actively thinking drawing on prior knowledge and taking cues from others in the form of collaboration. How wonderful that we all can learn from one another.
From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows.
Inspired by a memory of sitting in a box on her driveway with her sister, Antoinette Portis captures the thrill of when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes real—when the imagination takes over and inside a cardboard box, a child is transported to a world where anything is possible…
A box was in the middle of our room when the girls came back from music. They opened the box and I could see on their faces that their creative juices were already flowing. I was holding this precious book in my hands and one of the girls said,” That box looks like this one.” What do you think this book might be about? A box…a rabbit, bunny, a funny bunny, they replied. Let’s read about the box and see what it’s all about. After reading and much laughter I said,” I wonder what we could turn this box into. The girls already had ideas ready…
Maybe a Robot…Girl robot
What about a Rocket ship…?
Recycle trash can…
What great ideas….We will need to vote. After a few minutes of trying to make decisions we narrowed all the ideas to three… a rocket ship, space school or unicorn.
Unicorn was selected and then we set to work.
Reflection: Picture books are best appreciated when someone reads and a child listens, responds, and sometimes points to each picture that comes into view. When we’re engaged in a story, we’re also imagining how characters are feeling and we use our own experiences to imagine how we would feel. Our girl’s creative juices were flowing from beginning to end…..A child’s imagination is a wondrous sight to behold as it unfolds…
A new school year is always filled with anticipation, excitement and wondering…. Will I like my teachers…will I have any friends… will every one like me??? Well, never fear… it didn’t take long for your girls to settle in, greet old friends, make new friends and explore what awaits them each morning. Our Pre-k journey is just beginning and the girls are eager and happy to experience, explore, and create every day. Our blog posts will give you a glimpse into your daughter’s experiences at school and we are excited to share these wonderful moments with you throughout the year!!
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