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Garden Sensory Bin

Spring has definitely sprung in our classroom. The seeds, the children planted, have started to sprout. The butterflies have emerged from their chrysalises, and the children’s colorful kites are hanging from the ceiling. To go along with all of this, I set up a garden sensory bin, that needless to say, has been a popular spot in the room this week.

As a base I used colored rice. I then added a shovel, a rake, a sifter, a pair of large tweezers, and some garden fruits and vegetables. Large plastic carrots, left over from Easter, made the perfect receptacles for all the goodies. The children all had a great time using their imaginations and motor skills while “gardening”.


MATERIALS USED:

– Rice
– Brown and black liquid watercolors (refer to our (post on how to color rice))
– Rakes and shovels
– A sifter
– Large plastic tweezers
– Plastic strawberries and carrots
– Large plastic carrot containers



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Family Friday 2017

Today is the last day of (NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child™, and it’s Family Friday!

We are busy drawing family portraits, while discussing the wonderful people closest to us and our experiences with them. What a fun, meaningful week it has been!


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Work Together Wednesday 2017

I am happy to report that Work Together Wednesday (NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child™) was a success in my classroom. For me, as a teacher, watching children achieve the different levels of play, is one of the most rewarding. One of these boys spent his first year (I have all children for 2 years) at the solitary/independent level. Watching him, today, at the cooperative play stage, was so gratifying.

Evoking their problem solving skills, this little group worked together, trading ideas and pieces of Legos, to achieve their common goal of building “A cool castle with an X-wing fighter, and a super fast car that can fly.”

The castle is now sitting safely on a shelf, labeled with a “Save Me!” sign. Can’t wait to watch them play with it tomorrow.


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