Visit to the Nature Park with our 3 Year Old Class

We recently visited the Nature Park and the peat bog, a watery land of mosses, heaths, and shrubby trees.

Squirrels and chickadees are at the park all year round, but the Spring brings hummingbirds and warblers.

The weather cooperated for our visit and the children enjoyed “Exploring the Bog in the Spring”.

Keefer was our friendly and enthusiastic guide, and the children were well engaged.

Our first stop was The Hut:

 

Matias and friends enjoyed playing frog hop - tick tack toe:


 
Jayden was the first to touch the garden snake, helping his friends overcome any concerns.

“He feels sticky and I think he feels wet” - Jayden

 


Off we go to explore the bog:

 


The bog is a wetland and the ground is waterlogged.

The children jumped on the spongy ground and watched the branches on the shrubs bounce... as well as their parents!


 
Keefer shows us how much water can absorb into the peat moss.

“Whoa, it's like magic I think.” - Lucas:

 


With a special spy glass, the children were able to experience what the world might look like through the eyes of a bee.

“I have so much feet.” - Dayna:



 


 
I don't think one child passed over the bridge without saying hello to the turtles:

 


The children sat along a very long bench, happily watching the activities of the busy squirrels and the birds flying in and out:



Thank you Keefer for an enjoyable and informative morning!

Until next time!

Barbi
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Bubbles...Bubbles Everywhere (A Science Exploration): FAS M/W/F Class

Sensory play is an important part of a childs development and learning. It provides children with endless opportunities to explore and develop skills. Best of all, the open-ended learning is therapeutic, as it calms and relaxes our minds.

With all this in mind, we created an experience for the children. We added soap to warm water and provided whisks, strainers, and hand mixers. First, the children wanted to scoop the water. Since we intentionally did not provide any cups for pouring, the children put their hands in the water and quickly learned how to scoop the water by putting their two hands together.

Then, the fun began. The children began to explore and experiment with the tools provided. The children with the hand mixers realized that when they turned the egg beaters, bubbles began to appear. The children with the whisks started to whisk the water and more bubbles began to appear. Soon, we had a tub full of bubbles. Strainers were used to scoop up the bubbles.

Children learn through exploration, experimentation and curiousity. By providing a water provocation, the children were able to learn and become interested in the subject. Without thinking, we often want to answer all the childrens’ questions. However, by providing an avenue for them to seek and answer their own curiousities, it stimulates their minds and improves their critical thinking and scientific skills.

Science is an important subject and made more important by enjoying the understanding with lots of fun.

 

 

Until next time,

Karen
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Teddy Bear Picnic - 4 Hour Class

In our last visit at our Grand Pals, we had a teddy bear picnic with them. All of the children brought in their favorite stuffie and joined us in our activity.  

 
These teddy bears surely welcomed us to our picnic.
 
 
We first made necklaces for our stuffies using fruit loops and string. Both the children and the grand pals helped each other to string the cereal in.
 
 
 
 
Of course, some of the children were not able to resist eating the fruit loop necklace. I don’t blame them. The smell and colors of the cereal were definitely too hard to turn down.






When everyone was done making his or her necklaces. We had teddy grahams and apple juice for snack. The children were excited to use real breakable tea cups.


After snack, the children and the grand pals enjoyed listening to Linda tell the story of “We’re Going on A Bear Hunt”.




 

The children went home with their own teddy bear purses.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We had a blast visiting our grand pals and we are definitely looking forward to our next visit.
Until next time,
Patricia
 
 
 
 

 

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Provocational Art: 4 Year Old Class

Photos of wildlife in Canada were placed on the Drawing Table, along with paper and pencil crayons.  Children were free to draw without direction. Most of the children chose to replicate the animals on the table. We spoke about these animals during the process, and at Circle Time.





Some of the questions and statements from the children: 

“How do they survive?”
“Do they get cold and lonely?”

“I wonder if the fox would like to live with my family and my dog?”

“The raccoon looks scared that he's going to fall.”
“The bear's not sleeping. I can see his eye open. He probably isn't comfortable. He'd like my bed.”

The children took note of the animals sharp teeth and claws, which led to a conversation about hunting and survival.
 
Art provocations are meant to provoke thoughts, discussions, questions, creativity and ideas.
Provocations come in many forms; a photo, picture or book, nature, an object, an interest that a child has...., any source at all really.

Ultimately, provocations allow a child the freedom to explore in an open-ended way.


 







 
Until next time

Barbi
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Bubbles, Our Class Pet - 4 Hour Class

Hello Families, you have probably heard about Bubbles by now and may have even had him visit your home. He is our adorable pet dog who loves to go home with your child for a sleep over and then comes back to class with fond memories of his visit away. Your child then tells us all about their time together during our circle. There is also a book that is getting filled with photos and drawings showing us what Bubbles has gotten to do.



Before Bubbles was allowed to go visiting, the children made up rules of what Bubbles may do and may not do. We then wrote the list into the book that is brought home with Bubbles. The children discussed what they could do with Bubbles and what may happen if Bubbles did the things he shouldn’t do. But before anything could be done, the children had to come up with a name for the class pet. It was done very diplomatically with suggestions of names and then voting on it. Bubbles was almost called Patricia, it was a very close vote.

 
Dayna took Bubbles on a fun bus ride and also had a great time playing with him. Bubbles also accompanied Jaden to his swim class and got to sit on Jaden’s sister, Niko’s back as he watched on. Sofia took Bubbles to the playground to have some fun in the sun and her brother also joined them. Later on, Sofia took Bubbles on a shopping trip. Georgia made dinner for Bubbles and took him for a bike ride at Grandma’s house. These are some of the adventures that Bubbles has been on.
 
After all the fun that the children are having with Bubbles, there are valuable points to why we have show and tell in our classroom. It encourages vocabulary, self-expression and effective communication skills. Children learn to listen, speak, observe, participate, make connections and increase their vocabulary with descriptive words. It gives children a sense of importance and pride when they are sharing which then builds confidence and self-esteem. Even, children who are naturally quiet love to get up and share what they did because it is something they love and find pleasure in. Children learn to work and interact with their peers and learn positive social behaviours. The children learn to take turns, be patient and use kind words. It also provides opportunities for children to make new friendships and also a way for families to connect with the classroom.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the families for supporting your child and Bubbles by having a wonderful experience together. I know how busy life is which is why we appreciate everything that you do.
Until next time, Deanna
 


 
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