Creating Community in Our Rooms We began the year by developing community of learners. We started with our Morning Meeting time. We follow responsive classrooms morning meeting structure: Greeting, Share, Activity, and Message. The time allows for the teachers and children to get to know each other and show that every child is important in our classrooms. We began the year by discussing our Classroom Agreements. The process was to allow everyone a voice about our agreements and then…
How to Introduce Preschool Journals to 3 Year Olds
Wondering how to introduce preschool journals to 3 year olds? Here are some examples of our journal activities, and how we keep them simple.
Writing Center, "Little"- Results
OMG. I don't know why but this "little" became my "biggie"! My brain was going nuts trying to figure this space out. I ended up making the paper rack in the middle of the pegboard because I just couldn't afford the plastic bins. So I used "hobby board" strips from Home Depot. I plan to make another one for the forward facing book display on another wall. The baskets are attached with pegboard hooks and were from the thrift store (yay!). My favorite part is the thimble display case (thrift…
DIY Peace Beads
I was very taken with these peace beads which were created by the kindergarten class at a local Montessori school. It's an easy DIY project for kids.
the annual art show
Art glorious art! Oh how I love my job! Children, Art, Children, Art...throw in a little nature and I am in heaven. After weeks of labor and months of planning our "All School Celebration" art show finally arrived. It was a fabulous success. Here are a few photos to share: The picture above is an example of some of the children's seasonal explorations And here is a sampling of a classroom space study, complete with a collaborative robot and solar system... In this picture you can see both…
Zart Art Play Based Learning
Check out these inspiring environments from the lovely team at St Leonard's College ELC, Brighton. Through looking at these spaces it is evident that a...
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Maths Investigation Area for Open-Ended Learning - The Imagination Tree
Set up a specific area for playful maths investigations at home or at school, to encourage plenty of open-ended play with a range of everyday materials.