Published on Sunday, April 29, 2012 in
Here is the wonderful compilation of websites and blogs that they provided. (I removed the duplicates)
Tired Need Sleep
Do you have a website or a blog of your own or one that you find inspiring? I'd love to hear about it! Please post it in a comment below!
Published on Thursday, April 26, 2012 in
I found some trimmings from a soft maple tree and brought them up to my parent's house and my dad ran them through his ban saw. I thought about cutting them myself or with the children, but quickly realized that the logs would probably sit for a long time waiting for me to get to my "to do" list. I'm glad that I had that foresight, because the children absolutely love these new "cookies."
We have two boxes filled with various sized wooden cookies. For right now, we have them all inside, the children have been playing with them for hours. They can't quite seem to figure out how to get this crazy puzzle back together....
Published on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 in
Did you know that the noodles fit perfectly with 1/2" PVC pipe??? That are fantastic for adding to our building set ;).
Published on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 in
I love to give children an opportunity to play with a vast array of materials. We have a GIANT pile of sticks in our yard of varying sizes.... and a pvc pipe building set, among other things. During a number of my training sessions.... I often hear things like.......
"Aren't You Worried They Will Hit Each Other With Them?"
"Oh, I could NEVER use those, my kid would be hitting each other over the head with those!"
"How do you keep them from hitting each other or using them as swords?"
"My kids would be fighting with those, there is NO way I could use those in my classroom."
Seriously folks.... my children are not "angels," they are really not that different from yours. However, what is different is my approach.
IF children are using things in ways that are of concern we have to stop and ask ourselves... WHY? What developmental need are they trying to fulfill that we are not sufficiently meeting? If children are using sticks and large paint brushes as swords and hitting each other, the answer is NOT to take away the learning experiences, but to find safe ways for children to rough house, and remind them of the safe options if/when they choose to use other materials in those situations.
For example. If a child decides to use a giant paint brush as a sword, a gentle reminder -
"I can't let you use this paint brush to 'fight' with your friends, I'm afraid someone would get hurt. BUT, If you both want to sword fight, the pool noodles are over there."
Simple solution, and everyone wins. Pool noodles are made from foam. They are soft, inexpensive and somewhat difficult to control. The children have an opportunity to meet their need for rough housing in a safe and developmental way, and you don't have to be concerned about someone's eyes being poked out with pvc pipe or a stick.
After a little time passes, children will choose safe materials and assess their own risk without you having to jump in. If you provide the proper resources and a safe environment, the "dangerous" toys like giant paint brushes and sticks aren't really all that "dangerous" anymore.
They will even get creative in their play, creating new games and ways to 'fight' like turning pool noodles into dinosaur tails and hitting each other with them by wiggling their behind!
Published on Sunday, April 15, 2012 in
|It was fantastic to meet Jeff A Johnson of Explorations Early Learning!|
I have so many wonderful new things to share with you.... but tonight I just have time to share a few photos and videos.... So, bear with me as I work to catch my breath, regroup and regain a "normal" life pace!
|Rusty Keeler from the Earthplay Network is also a GREAT source of inspiration!|
|Deborah McNelis of Brain Insights was also presenting at our conference!|
She had an amazing session on brain development!
Here are a few short video clips from the Family Fun Night we hosted with Jeff A Johnson of Explorations Early Learning as part of our 2012 Conference:
There are a ton of other photos and videos on the conference's Facebook page! If you are interested in joining us next year... save the dates! April 19-20, 2013 at Bay College in Escanaba, Michigan! Visit www.upecc.org for updates.
Published on Monday, April 9, 2012 in
(If you remember, we've done this before with paper bags, magazines and cardboard boxes.)
This month's item to explore is Egg Cartons!
To be perfectly honest, we have been super busy around here....
and I don't have any good pictures from our planting adventures this year....
but our favorite thing to do with egg cartons
is to use them as planters for our spring plants!
Planting grass in a row from an egg carton looks an awful lot like a caterpillar!
It is also great fun and practice to trim the grass with scissors!
Cut your carton into sections, add dirt, seeds, and water.
Place somewhere safe. Water regularly....
and in a few days... your caterpillar will start to grow!
All of these other sites are participating in the challenge! Hop on over and check them out!
Published on Sunday, April 8, 2012 in
There are a lot of Earth Day books along with fantastic ideas being shared by some other bloggers today! Stop by and bookmark or even go ahead and pin them all :).
Teach Preschool : Child Central Station : Living Montessori Now : Aunt Annie's Childcare : The SEEDS Network : Flights of Whimsy : Pre-K Pages : Kreative Resources : I'm a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here! : Share & Remember : Music Sparks : little illuminations : Greening Sam and Avery : Putti Prapancha : Early Play : 52 Days to Explore : Little Running Teacher : Look at My Happy Rainbow : Rainbows within Reach
Published on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 in
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