Our 2015 Learning Environment!
We are so excited about another year in Room 122! We have worked hard to set up our classroom environment to be a 'third teacher' for our students. Susan Fraser states, “A classroom that is functioning successfully as a third teacher will be responsive to the children’s interests, provide opportunities for children to make their thinking visible and then foster further learning and engagement.” (Capacity Building Series, (2012, p. 67)) The materials we put out have been specifically chosen…
Allie Apels on Instagram: “I adore Rosie Revere Engineer. It sparked so many thoughtful discussions amongst our students today! Thank you @creative_explorations for…”
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How Did We Explore the Concepts of Physics in Kindergarten?
Physics in Kindergarten? Absolutely! This is why play is so important in Early Childhood Education! How else could children begin to have a basic concept of how physics works unless they have a chance to explore and experiment with it freely. Future knowledge of these concepts will be built upon the foundational knowledge developed from these playful experiences. I had come up with the idea when I had noticed that while exploring through super heroes the kids were very engaged in the…
Playdough Provocations: Inventor’s Workshop!
If you are looking for a way to jazz up the materials at your playdough table, I have a tried and tested provocation that I’m sure your students will love: The Inventor’s Workshop. I st…
A suitcase of curiousities and provocations
Imagine a small world inside a suitcase, full of wonderful objects, curiosity and provocations to explore. What a wonderful way to ignite children's interest and spark their imaginative play!
6 Playful Name Provocations
At the beginning of every year my teaching partner and I incorporate lots of name recognition, construction, and writing provocations to engage children. Here are some of our favourites so far this…
Flowers and Seeds Inquiry Centers and Activities for Kindergarten | Creative Kindergarten
Our students were very excited when we read a book about spring and the signs of spring. During our class discussion, they started talking about the different plants and flowers that they grow at home. Since they were so excited about this, we set up a variety of flower and seeds inquiry centers throughout the… Continue reading Flowers and Seeds Inquiry Centers and Activities for Kindergarten
What is a Provocation? | Reggio Inspired Learning | Racheous
When it comes to the Reggio Emilia approach, what is a provocation? Put simply, provocations provoke! They provoke thoughts, discussions, questions, interests, creativity and ideas. They can also expand on a thought, project, idea and interest. Provocations can come in many forms: An interesting photo, picture or book, Nature (e.g. specimens) Conceptual (e.g. changing seasons, […]