By Kerry After practicing with levers for many weeks, the children recently started using these items more and more as ramps rather than as a means to pry or pull. They were using long wooden planks outside to do things like climb into the window of the playhouse or roll a heavy, water-filled dump truck up to the birdbath. They … Read More
By Kerry We began talking informally about simple machines when the children were using an assortment of levers to remove some golf tees stuck in a cardboard box. Lately, simple machines are showing up in play more and more often! LG and SM built a lever and tried to launch some balls across the yard then started using it to lift each … Read More
By Kerry When initially setting up our new block room, a peg board was installed and multi-colored pegs (golf tees) were supplied for the children to experiment with. Up until recently, the pegs had been used primarily for collecting, spreading on the floor, or hiding inside of temporary structures. This week, some assorted, recycled, cardboard boxes were added to the … Read More
by Katee I have been in bed much of this week, nursing a cold, reading, and maybe eating some Halloween candy. I read an article that I wanted to share with everyone about risky play and ‘Adventure Playgrounds’. The article by Hanna Rosin at The Atlantic is titled , The Overprotected Kid. Well the article is quite lengthy and I … Read More
By Nora Yesterday during choice time every child was interested in building and experimenting with different materials during choice time. Usually the Reuse Center is for 4 children at a time, but this time I decided to accommodate for 10, under the stipulation that they could each take out 4 materials at a time. They spent the time seeing what … Read More
By Amber Last week we began our exploration and discussion of disability. Some of the children had already been talking about some of these topics at home and were happy to share their knowledge with us! One afternoon CL and EP took me to their special hospital inside the elephant wall that builds wheelchairs and makes prosthetics for people who … Read More
By Alisha Our plan was to build a bridge with modeling clay and different types of wooden craft sticks. We explored the materials for a long time and while there was some bridge making on a smaller scale, the children decided they wanted to make a larger model than the little sticks allowed. We needed bigger unit blocks, so that … Read More
Preschoolers experiment with the properties of materials while trying to build a bridge.
Preschoolers make robots and talk about robot emotions.