The 10 Essential Areas of A Play Based Classroom — My Teaching Cupboard
In my play based classroom there are 10 essential learning areas. I cannot do without them. The provocations and resources offered in these areas change throughout the year dependent on children's interests and the curriculum intent. The placement of these 10 areas within the classroom is thoughtf
Learning Through Play: It's More Than You Think
We play a lot in our classroom, for many reasons. First of all, it is through play that kids learn their social skills and 21st Century Learning Skills. Are these as important as academics? Absolutely, if not more. You can be the smartest person in the world, but if you can't work with others, collaborate on a project, problem solve, get along, are a responsible person, use critical and creative thinking skills, or focus on a task, you will never be successful. Ultimately, these 21st Century…
Loose Parts: Construction (LP Master Checklist PDF)
This week I was reviewing The Art of Loose Parts Master Workshop and had to share some of the amazing loose parts. Most of these can be had for a very economical price or free! The best loose parts or repurposed materials. Construction sites and companies, ReStore (Habitat for Humanity), junk stores, asking the families are some of the best sources. Look at all of the rich and varied loose parts on this shelf! Cardboard tubes, carpet squares, pvp piping, tiles, wood cookies, empty wood…
Loose Parts: Let's Play With Fabrics
Fabric Based Loose Parts add an artistic dynamic to explorations and creations with children: fort building in construction, to weaving, to dress up, and more!
Learning with Sticks and Stones At Home - Differentiated Kindergarten
These at-home learning activities are perfect for young learners and you can find all the materials right in your own backyard. Kindergarten students will find these math and ELA games, activities and ideas engaging. and fun. They are hands-on while still addressing important essential skills. The free printables will give you everything you need to learn with sticks and stones.
City-Shaped Design: 13 Urban-Inspired Objects
These 15 decorative and functional objects, from handkerchiefs to power strips, are inspired by skyscrapers and city streets.
Our Room: An Environment Created for Investigating
I have worked very hard to create an environment that beckons kids to explore. I love the Reggio Emilia philosophy of the environment being the third teacher. Here is a little tour of our room. Our Listening Station Our Meeting Area From the back by the cubbies From the front of the room looking back In my effort to create a calming environment for all of us, I took down anything that was commercially made and replaced it with things made by the children. No more "store bought" alphabet or…
Using Loose Parts for Play. Learning Naturally
Learn with Play at Home: Using Loose Parts for Play. Learning Naturally A child's need to be creative, to think "outside the box," to experiment and to control their play and learning while adapting it to their own interests.
Allie Apels on Instagram: “I adore Rosie Revere Engineer. It sparked so many thoughtful discussions amongst our students today! Thank you @creative_explorations for…”
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Instagrams of the Week 11 | Creative Kindergarten
We had another amazing week at school filled with so many fun activities and centers. Here is a look back on some of my posts from this past week (I try to post everyday, so if you want to see everything, make sure you follow me!) Our students were finding potato bugs (as they call… Continue reading Instagrams of the Week 11
Teaching Sorting in FDK
Hi guys! Today I wanted to share with you my favourite lessons and resources for teaching sorting in Kindergarten! LESSONS: First of all here are my plans for sorting: You can click on the image above to download the plans in PDF for easy printing! On Day 1, I introduce our learning goal for sorting and define sorting: Then we practice sorting by colour! I prepare a bag of items and have the students sort them into hoola hoops. After the lesson I transferred them onto canvas to display as…