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Preschool Science at Home

Posted by: Rhonda March 31, 2020

Beans in a Bag Germination Experiment

I do this activity every spring with my preschool class. It’s always fun to see the keen interest the parents have watching the experiment develop over the course of several weeks. This year, the whole family can participate because they’ll be doing it from home!

You should try it too. All it takes is a Ziploc bag, a few dried beans, and a curious preschooler. Add a paper towel and some water and watch the miracle of germination slowly take place.

Instructions here.

Pompom

Simple Activities for Kids at Home

Posted by: Rhonda March 17, 2020

In this time of unprecedented protocols and social distancing, many parents are looking for ways to occupy their children at home all day. Rather than turning to screens for an easy babysitter, there are many creative and educational activities that can keep children productively happy without fancy art supplies.

For example, with only some yarn and a fork you can make a host of pompom chicks to celebrate spring!

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More ideas and activities here.

Stay well. All the best from Community.

Active Play

What about those wiggly kids?

Posted by: Rhonda March 10, 2020

Young children are constantly moving. Asking a child to pay attention seems to intensify this intrinsic need. So do we crack down and tell children to “sit still and learn”?

No! If we want children to find success, we need to give them more opportunities for movement—big body, physical, purposeful movement.

“For children, this desire to move is integral to the development of the brain and ultimately the ability to learn,” writes Preston Blackburn. By giving children the opportunity to move, “we will see an improved ability to attend, focus, behave and learn.” Read more.

Maple Sap

Maple Sugaring Time

Posted by: Rhonda March 3, 2020

The environmental problems that confront the next generation are severe. The future of our planet depends on the degree to which our children are made environmentally aware, respectful of the earth, and protective of its invaluable resources.

The best way to do this is by giving children, at the earliest possible age, opportunities to develop an emotional connection with the natural world. As educator David Sobel writes, “We must give children a chance to love the earth before we ask them to save it.”

Here in the Northeast, “Sugaring Time” ticks all the boxes. It’s fun, but hard work too. It fosters teamwork and it combines the educational disciplines of chemistry, physics, and biology in one single sublime sensory experience that children will never forget. Does your climate offer an experience that’s comparable?

Watch and learn how the Randolph School incorporates Maple Sugaring into its curriculum here.

Infant Toddler Spaces booklet 2

Quality Design for Infant/Toddler Classrooms

Posted by: Rhonda February 25, 2020

The first months and years of a child’s life are the most formative for development of mind, body, and spirit. At this stage, a child learns primarily through sensory input and physical movement so their surroundings are of crucial importance. When designing environments for infants and toddlers, even the smallest decisions you make about materials, color, or furnishings will have a big effect on child development.

This booklet will guide you through the steps to create a developmentally appropriate space for children under three. Download your free copy here.