THE SECRET TO HOW TO TEACH HANDWRITING
DIY Line Rocks - use loose parts and some creativity to create this amazing resource! Cheap and easy to make - perfect for teaching pre-readers and pre-writers about 2D shapes, letter and number formation | you clever monkey
Gradual Admission - Stimulating Learning
A look at a classroom with several intriguing Reggio-styled activities, including signing in with rocks...
Loose Parts Play: 32 Invitations
Loose parts come in all different shapes, sizes and colors. They stimulate the imagination and develop fine motor skills in kids of all ages. Set up invitations to play and see the true beauty of childhood innocence come forth while kids explore their prompts.
Simple Literacy Provocations
I know some people get overwhelmed when trying to think of new ideas for provocations. Today I want to share with you some simple ideas for literacy provocations that may spark some new ideas for you! Enjoy! If you are reading this and wondering what a provocation is, please read Fairy Dust's post: What is a Provocation? *Note: These provocations are from a Reggio-Inspired Preschool here in Tulsa, OK, Rosa Parks ECEC. These provocations were found in PreK classrooms, ages 4-5. Chicka-Chicka…
Tiny Treasures - Loose Parts Play
What is loose parts play? It's easy and loads of fun! Find a huge list of loose parts to collect and what to do with them.
Stomping in the Mud
Our little Stompers' imaginations and creative energy flourished during our cold and wet February. They filled their time with us by exploring, socialising, climbing, jumping and balancing, with an energy that is always surprising to us no matter how challenging the weather is. I heard they were making apple pie in the wheel barrow....Yum! See you in April. Thanks for Stomping by!
Pegboards: Brilliant Ideas for Organizing Loose Parts
Pegboards aren't just for holding tools anymore. Click here to find out how teachers can use pegboards as an inexpensive way to store materials and loose parts.
Learning Through Play: It's More Than You Think
We play a lot in our classroom, for many reasons. First of all, it is through play that kids learn their social skills and 21st Century Learning Skills. Are these as important as academics? Absolutely, if not more. You can be the smartest person in the world, but if you can't work with others, collaborate on a project, problem solve, get along, are a responsible person, use critical and creative thinking skills, or focus on a task, you will never be successful. Ultimately, these 21st Century…
Kimberly Mulholland on Instagram: “We are always looking for meaningful ways to incorporate the materials students contribute to the learning space. This was a great activity…”
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Loose Parts: Who is doing the thinking. . . .the children or the toy?
It is interesting to consider how the materials we provide children call forth thinking. For example, in the photo above - is the child called to think beyond the farm’s predetermined form? The plastic farm offers a child the idea of “farm.” It does not give room for the child to create their own theories of what a horse or cow may need. It has a very specific function with a very clear point of view. The thinking has been done for the child. I like to call these kinds of materials “closed…