They told us the students used them to "go camping," play hospital and make beds with the blankets.
Thank you Giggles and Wiggles for sharing the photos!
A play-based preschool in Coldwater, Ohio offering classes to children aged 3, 4, and 5.
Operating as usual
Preschool prep - cooking up lots of play dough!
An early life lesson learned in play!
The children haven't changed, but the crazy priorities of adults have...and the children are paying the price.
Preparing for CCP this weekend - we'll be running/helping out in the Kid's tent!🥳
Magda Ge**er once asked us to consider how it must affect children when what they cannot do is expected, and what they can do is not appreciated. I wonder if this helps seed the self talk "I don't measure up".
While Nathan's message in the post probably won't surprise anyone reading this page, it is worth repeating it, over and over and over again. If repetition works for advertisers getting their message across, let's say it over and over and get the message out there more widely for the sake of our kids.
What a wonderful castle built today! A creation from a student and teacher, then used by many. We even had roads and one led to space!
A wonderful article about fine motor development to read on this lovely 4th!
"Three- and four-year-old children should spend more time playing with manipulatives than practicing writing skills."
"Preschoolers should be adept at several basic fine motor skills before they attempt more challenging fine motor activities like pre-writing and using scissors."
Hands at Play Great piece of writing indeed. 100% agreed with you, a quality classroom offers children many opportunities to explore and develop dine motor skills. I personally had a great experience with Nordic International School. They often arranges such sessions to improve their student's motor skills. Its o...
An invitation to explore colors today! We had lots of different colors created and at the end combined all the colors to make "the spookiest color ever"
We are two weeks into summer preschool, and loving it! There are still openings for the Pre-K session (August 1-19) and for all 3 sessions for the fall (starting Tuesday, Sept. 6th).
Teacher Tom's explanation of play fighting is the absolute best! You as the adult may not like it, but play fighting is full of cooperation, negotiation, inclusion, and is so beneficial for children!
Play Fighting Most of the time, superhero play, when you really study it, is negotiating ("Are you a good guy or a bad guy?" "I'm on your ...
Real school readiness!
Summer preschool starts Monday 😎 We're excited to get back to play and learning!
As we wrap up another school year (!), I have been thinking about my kiddos who will be attending kindergarten in the fall. I have also been reflecting on my time in Finland. I met some kids in a pre-school class in Finland - the year before the enter formal school and those kids were 7 and 8. It just is really hitting me right now that children in Finland are given their entire early childhood to be children! I didn't ask if they have a type of screening like our kindergarten screening, but I'll reach out to my Finnish contacts (I have Finnish contacts!) and I'll be interested to hear their responses. Children deserve a chance to be children - let them play!
Behavior charts are not good for children. I remember having to change my color in 4th grade (I was a rule-following child and my color was very important to me), but that was over 20 years ago! Parents, be the advocate your child needs and ask your child's teacher to stop using behavior charts!
Column: Hey teachers, please stop using behavior charts. Here's why You know what I’m talking about, right? Those color-coded charts, using cards or clothes pins or Popsicle sticks to represent each child in the class. It’s high time behavior charts themselves got moved down to “a bad color” and expelled from schools altogether.
"Learning to share with grace is a long process. Here’s how to turn moments of struggle into rich opportunities to help children learn critical skills." Click the link below for some great suggestions via Zero to Three.
Delicious cookies made from loose parts today!
Exactly! 💜 💛 💙
Thank you Timbernook.
I spent 5 days in Finland experiencing their education system (they've been top in the world for awhile now). It was wonderful and a lot all a once, so I've been reflecting. One of the things I reflected on today as I washed dirt from my hands, arms, and legs after playing outside with this morning's class has not so much to do with the education system in Finland, but more with their well-being. Finland has also been considered the happiest country in the world for a few years now (and in the top 10 for a while). Our guide explained one of the reasons is (and I'm paraphrasing) because every Finnish person can get their hands in the dirt. They are very much an outdoor country and I realized today how much better I feel after being outside. So go play and explore in the great outdoors (even if it's only your backyard or neighborhood park)!
This is authentic meaningful writing! A child wanted to know how to spell sing, so I wrote it on the chalkboard and she wrote it on her paper. I named each letter as I wrote it and it took her a few tries to get the "s", but she did amazing and was so proud of herself (and rightly so!). See if you can find the letters. Then she asked how to make a "K" for me (Kelly) and she wrote that on the paper too. This became an invitation for me to attend the singing competition!
Learning from mistakes is so important for children (heck, even adults!). Learning how to fail, analyze, adjust, retry - things needed in life!
Learning from Mistakes: Why We Need to Let Children Fail As a parent, it is tempting to shield children from failure. Find out why it is important to let kids learn from mistakes.
We love cardboard boxes and tubes! What do you think was built today?
Photos from Kristen RB Peterson + Co.'s post
Every child in our program has a laminated name that we set out daily with dry erase crayons so they can practice writing their name. This is never forced, but is always an option. Out of all the students, I believe we have 2 who consistently trace a (1) letter in their name. The second picture is a waiting list for the remote for the light rope. Since I had so many kids wanting a turn with the remote, it was my idea to have a waiting list (mostly so I wouldn't forget). Once I started the list, many kids signed up - this was an important and meaningful time for the kids to write their names! Not all names look the same and they shouldn't - each kid is at a different stage of name writing, but they were all able to get on the list. This is child-led learning. This is play!
We Must Demand Play-Based Education Because That's What The Evidence Tells Us According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Economic Forum, and Unicef (and according...
Play-based preschool is so very important! The below article from Peter Gray discusses the harms of academic-based preschool. Here is a brief quote: "Four-year-olds need lots of time to play, create, socialize, take initiative, figure things out on their own, and learn to manage themselves. The time spent in academic training is time that they cannot spend on learning the much more important skills that come from self-directed activities." https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/freedom-learn/202201/research-reveals-long-term-harm-state-pre-k-program
Research Reveals Long-Term Harm of State Pre-K Program In this first-ever controlled study of public pre-K, the control group did best.
Giggles & Wiggles Preschool is closed Thursday, Feb. 3rd. ☃️
Enrollment for the 22-23 school year is now open as well as the summer preschool and the pre-K sessions.
Play provides a primary foundation for learning, exploring, problem-solving, and building an overall understanding of the world.🌱
Sing to support brain development.
Nina Kraus is a neurologist who has spent years studying the effects of music on the brain. When it comes to helping kids develop the skills they need to learn, “music is the jackpot,” she told me. According to her research, music builds attention, working memory, and language development. It’s also highly motivating and emotionally satisfying, which is also key to learning.
And before kids ever take a music class, simply singing to them, rocking them, and bouncing them really pays off. Rhythm is directly linked with learning how to read. In fact, school-age children who struggle with keeping a beat are more likely to have reading challenges.
“Strengthening one's rhythm skills, which is something that music does inherently, creates a biological foundation that helps with language and literacy,” Kraus said. When we sing to our kids, their brain is exposed to sounds, rhythms, and rhymes that are the building blocks of reading
*Sing - it doesn't matter what your voice sounds like - sing to your children!
Yes! Kids are interested in letters that are important to them!
But Denita?!! We HAVE to systematically teach young children letters following an adult-driven plan. Otherwise, how will they learn them if we don't sit them down and show them?
The answer to so many questions regarding educating young children is:
LISTEN TO THE CHILDREN
This is Brenna.
She will be four in April.
She is very excited about "her letter"
She is curious about what "my letter" is
She is curious what her friend's letters are
I know these things about Brenna from quietly observing and following her lead.
I hear, see and feel her excitement for letters and her understanding that we all have "our" letter.
The only adult-led letter education in my child-led school is at the request of a child.
Those invitations vary from
"Denita, what does your letter look like?"
"Denita! This is my letter!"
"Denita? Can you show me mommy's letter?"
"DENITA!!! I saw my letter at Target!!!"
Today, Brenna arrived at school with a gift card to show me.
Guess what she found on that gift card?
HER LETTER!!! She had to bring it school to show me ❤️❤️❤️
THIS is what the intrinsic motivation for letters looks like.
THIS is a child who is gathering the intellectual understanding of what letters are and what their purpose is.
I urge you to STOP taking TRUE play away from children in order to force letters upon them.
I urge you, instead, to simply provide an environment quietly rich with opportunities.
I urge you to instead of worrying so much about educating children, educate adults about the importance of their child's intrinsic motivation, their own excitement about letters and numbers.
Educate adults about how children's bodies and brains get ready.
Educate adults on the importance of bodies and brains being READY so when their child is intrinsically motivated the learning is PURE JOY.
LISTEN TO CHILDREN
STAND UP for their right to lead their learning.
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We purchased a classroom set of wooden blocks right before Christmas and are loving them!
The boxes became a robot today! Totally the child's idea and implementation I cut the holes after the child drew what I was to cut. Talk about STEAM!
Boxes! We have been gifted with some boxes and we love them! The really tall one became a castle - then the kids became royalty and knights (they had to fight the dragons and protect the kingdom). The messy pile was a really big campfire - we learned that somethings wouldn't burn because "only wood burns". We also roasted marshmallows over the fire (pool noodle pieces on our music sticks). I'm excited to see what the kids do with the boxes this week!
What if? 🌱
These are not my words, but explain why a play-based program is so very important for our kids!
Play Is The Most Rigorous Curriculum Known To Humankind The opposite of play is not work, it's rote. ~Dr. Edward Hallowell Our outdoor classroom is one big slope and within that s...
This is an empowered child! I said "you can open your snack. You might try scissors." While this took longer than if I'd just opened the snack, this has so much more meaning for this child!
It's amazing to me how far we have drifted away from what we KNOW about young children and how their brains are wired to learn. So much so, that their organic ability to learn is viewed by many as "letting children do whatever they want".
This is one of the reasons we don't force writing!
Did you know that a 3-year old (top left image) and a 6-year old (top right image) have significantly different skeletal structure in their hands?! Notice the bones in the wrist of the 3-year old -- many of them are still mostly cartilage! Look at all the spaces in between the bones where muscles and tendons will change through the years. Even the difference between a 6-year old and a 14-year old (lower right) is huge!
Preschoolers have SO much development to do before they can write the way school-aged children or adults can!
Please do NOT stress if your preschooler does not want to write or draw. Some love it and some don't.
While they are growing, strengthen those little bones and muscles! Here are some great pre-writing, muscle-strengthening activities:
* painting, drawing, coloring
* tearing and cutting
* poking holes in things (try toothpicks and paper!)
* digging in dirt
* building with LEGOS, marble runs, or other blocks
* beading (try beads, cut straws, or even bobbins!)
* squeezing (try stress balls, squeezing water in a sponge, or using a pipette)
* picking up and throwing balls (use different sizes!)
* playing with toys (watch what their little fingers do when they pick up and move little cars, marbles, action figures, etc!)
These all strengthen and help develop little hands, muscles, and bones. When they are physically ready to write, it will be so much easier than if they were pushed when they didn't want to and weren't ready! ❤
Credit to Preschool Powol Packets - Preschool Activities & Ideas
Some of the kids made "chomping mouths with cavities!" today - they are so creative!
Sometimes our play residue is very messy, but other times it's much easier to see the art 😍
The kids worked on creating this bus today!
Play is enough!
Don't Let Your Preschoolers Forget How To Play - Janet Lansbury As hard as it is to believe, there are children as young as 4 or 5 already showing signs of stress and burn-out because parents and teachers are misinformed about their educational needs. Some have even been mis-educated to the extent that they’ve forgotten how to play. I had a spontaneous meeting...
What a great first day of the 2021-2022 school year!
A bit more cleaning and paperwork and then we'll be ready to start the school year next week! 😍
Today was the last day of our summer Pre-K session! Now a few weeks off to clean, organize, prepare, visit family, go to the fair, and enjoy some down time and then back for the school year!
It's national Book Lovers day! We read an elephant and piggie book today, what are you reading?
Exploring light! Those old overhead projectors that I used to take notes off of are so much more fun now lol!