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::: exploring metamorphosis

November 12th, 2012

Tadpoles and frogs are an endless fascination for preschoolers …

and of course Metamorphosis is such and interesting topic to explore with children, not to mention a great new word for most 4 and 5 year olds to tackle!

To keep most frogs and reptiles here in Australia you need a licence from your relevant State Government. In our case we are raising  Southern Brown Tree Frogs (Litoria ewingi) so we don’t need a licence to keep them.  We will certainly be mindful to release these frogs back into the same environment from which they came however as frogs, like many other creatures in nature are territorial!

We’ve seen lots of lovely set ups on our visits to preschools in relation to tadpoles and frogs …

We are great supporters of introducing books into the children imaginative play spaces. Along with extending their curiosity we are most conscious of teaching our children that as adults we simply don’t just grow knowledge in our heads with age, rather we have had to accumulate that knowledge via books and other forms of literature over a lifetime. It is so easy for us as educators to instantly answer questions our children throw up at us but we have learned over time to STOP, think and invite the children to refer with us to books in order to support them in discovering the answers for themselves …

before we take the easy road and respond immediately with the answer!

::: another angle on balloon painting

November 9th, 2012

Sure we’ve done balloon painting before. On the table top

and balloons filled with water and used for yo-yo splat painting

but this time the children were having a go at the upright easels.

Apart from the pure enjoyment of it the children discovered, quite by accident that mixing colours together created new colours …

Once discovered, the slimy sensation of rubbing the balloon around was positively too delicious for some of the children.

While other simply enjoyed the sensation of bouncing the balloons across the paper.

However they did it the effect was truly beautiful.

More importantly …

the children just had so much fun!

::: it’s all in the interpretation!

November 7th, 2012

While we’re all for giving instructions to children when an intentional teaching moment is planned, we still love the way children take that information and interpret it in their own way.

This week the children have been looking at how we are all different. This came about because a lovely boy has just joined the prekinder group. He arrived in Australia recently from Italy and his English is still very limited.

Their teacher has been teaching the children to count and sing in Italian in order to make him feel welcome and an inclusive member of their little community. An added bonus is the children are thriving on learning a new language.

In order to really explore their differences the children were provided with some mirrors, paper, paint and cotton buds and invited them to look at themselves in the mirror to explore their features such as how many eyebrows they have, eye colour, nose, lips, teeth, hair, ears etc.  Their teacher then said to the children, “Once you’ve had a good look at yourself in the mirror, you might like to use the paint and cotton buds to paint your face.”

Their pictures were SO precious!

We love how this child not only chose a paint colour to match his skin tone …

he also made sure to include his ‘bed hair’ spikes in his painting as well.

Our very favourite feel good moment came when this poppet studied her face in the mirror, thought long and hard about what she saw and the colours she wanted to use and …

proceeded to ‘paint her face’!

Her teacher was just about to dive in and throw a piece of paper down in front of her when Donna ‘cut her off at the pass’ reminding her of the way she had worded her instructions to the children …

“Once you’ve had a good look at yourself in the mirror, you might like to use the paint and cotton buds to paint your face.” And THAT is exactly what she did!

Maybe next week we might do away with the paper altogether and get out the real facepaints and just let the children go-to-town!