Monday, March 18, 2013

The Shape of Me

During our week long celebration for Dr. Seuss we did
a project inspired by one of his books - The Shape of Me and Other Things.
We traced the outline of the children's bodies and had
them color in their shape. It was fun! Though some of the toddlers
were unsure about laying down on the paper and getting traced!

Finding Treasure

During our fairy tale lesson we had the children search for
jewels in sensory buckets full of rice. The children used
different sifting tools to help them find different colored
jewels. We grouped the jewels by color as they were found.

Planting Magic Beans

As part of our fairy tale lesson we planted some magic beans in a
clear plastic baggie. The children are going to watch their beans
magically change into a green plant!

Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards

Initiative and Curiosity
-Experiment in the environment with purpose

Planning, Action and Reflection
-Use previous learning to inform new experiences with people and objects in their environment.


We spent a week in space. The children made a space shuttle and painted a night
sky. Just a couple of projects that they did that week.

Learning and Development Standards

Social Communication:
-Participate in and often initiating communication in social groups.

Peer Interactions and Relationships:
-Engage in associative play with peers.
-Demonstrate socially competent behavior with peers, such as helping, sharing and taking turns. 
-Interact with peers in more complex pretend play.

Ice on the Picnic Table

We had a wet then very cold evening. This made for a cool
sensory opportunity on our picnic table! A thin sheet of ice
covered our table and we brought it in for the kids to explore.
See which children were interested and how they played.

What the table looked like when we brought it in.

This guy is feeling the slick bumps on the table.

They are also feeling how smooth, wet and bumpy the ice is on the table
and seats...investigating like good scientists.

Now the ice is melting and the children are discovering that
pieces of ice are breaking off.

How does the ice look?

We discuss the bubbles we see in the ice. How did they get there?
Can you see through the ice?
Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards

Receptive Language and Comprehension
-Show understanding of statements referring to people, objects, ideas and feelings
-Demonstrate interest in and use words that are new or unfamiliar in conversation and play.

Expressive Language
-With support and modeling, describe experiences with people, places and things.
-Combine words to express more complex ideas.

Small Muscle Motor Development
-Coordinate the use of arms, hands and fingers to accomplish tasks.

Sensory Motor
-Use sensory information to guide movement to accomplish tasks.

Initiative and Curiosity
-Experiment in the environment with purpose.

Cincinnati Museum Center

The Cincinnati Museum Center came to visit us. They helped us
learn about our five senses. Below are pictures of us looking
at the lights on the ceiling through special glasses. The glasses
caused the light to break up into colors. It looked like a rainbow.