Friday, May 22, 2015

Dramatic Play, Science, & Sand

It's been another beautiful week and PreK has enjoyed being outside with time to put on capes and pretend or gather treasures in the sandbox. Dramatic play takes up much of our outside play time and popular themes are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, super heroes, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

We are enjoying our earth and life science discovery areas both in and out of the classroom. We planted new plants in our garden box and we continue to care for them and watch their growth. While inside the classroom we observe our ant habitat and the chrysalides.

Our tower and bridge study continues and students have made and tested several bridge types. Using paper, blocks, and stones they built some unique structures.

A highlight last week was playing with toy bugs and snakes. This easy addition to the block corner had the entire class on the carpet and busy. They built habitats, created families, and had a few battles of good vs. bad.

There are many important places to work and play in preschool, and one that I love is the sensory tray. Students use this area to manipulate and have a sensory experience but they are also using creativity, practicing social skills, and learning. They figure out to move the sand using their hands or the tools provided. They share space and tools with others.  They show pride in the patterns and things they create. They observe, reflect, and change techniques based on the outcome they desire. These are fundamental skills all learned from playing in sand!

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