Milestones is a preschool designed to enhance the young child's abilities to interact positively in the group setting. Provocative activities intelligently engage the young mind and promote the assets of friendship. Talking is highly encouraged, modeled and facilitated, as children learn the value of expressing their thoughts, needs and ideas to each other, skills that are so helpful for future school success. Our school values supporting community through positive, intentional relationships.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Soap and Crayons
and Fine Motor Skills . . .
We sorted a beautiful array of crayons (box of 48). This took keen observational skills and descriptive language, as we found that different shades were a bit harder to describe and categorize. For instance, Navy Blue is dark enough to look a bit black!
A good example, below, of how different greens can be!
After painstakingly removing the labels from some of our favorite colors, we each put a few crayons together to melt into new crayon "rocks."
These created fun new colors . . .
AND, they were a whole new experience to draw with (also requiring us to use a different grip, which also continues to work those hand muscles).
"Painting" with water outside . . .
Adding pictures to our scrap book is becoming a nice ritual and helps the children to validate what they did the week before, helps with memory recall and honors their school experiences.
SO, Miss Jill is on a mission to find a soap that would be easier for, especially our younger preschoolers, to handle and use - I purchased these to try . . .
Sinh found the soap covered in a grippy material a bit easier to use . . .
On this subject of "soap", I decided we should have some fun with it too! (Although I know the children cannot read yet, I am exposing them to the use of print by putting signs on the tables at the beginning of our day. This also serves as a "provocation" or invitation, by making the set up of the tables visually appealing - very Reggio.)
Fostering their independence, I invited the children to help with filling the tubs from the tap.
Boy, Lucas really had a blast washing the horse!
Later in the week, the T/Th group had a chance to melt stuff, as we made our own, preschool-hand-size soap!
Molly really enjoyed making pictures this week - I like how she used many colors and enjoyed sharing her products with her friends.
Clean up time! A group effort!
We also measured the T/Th heights . . .
AND, remembered where to wait when we head outside - first at the clock (as Sinh is pointing out)
Then by the red sign.
This time Sinh pushed Molly on the swing!
Lucas has enjoyed playing "peek-a-boo" with me from the top of the slide . . .
Painting is not only fun, it helps to develop the pincer grasp!
. . . and encourages socialization . . .
The T/Th gang discovered the Hot Wheels Race Track.
And we all sat down together to draw some pictures - we are working on making circles . . .