“Play is nature’s way of teaching children how to solve their own problems, control their impulses, modulate their emotions, see from other’s perspectives, negotiate differences, and get along with others as equals. There is no substitute for play as a means of learning these skills. – Peter Gray.
If you were to browse through the classrooms you would notice, and hear children at play. However, if you were to browse through each classroom and observe, and listen to the children at play, you would notice it’s more than just “playing.” A toddler dumping and pouring sand into a container is not just a mess, this toddler is exploring gravity, weight, muscle control, cause and effect, and self-awareness. When a tower of blocks is being built, it’s not just to knock over and make a loud sound, but it’s building fine motor skills, patience, and problem-solving skills. When a preschool child is giving a baby a drink, and feeding their baby, this looks adorable, but they are also gaining self-help skills, and as they tip over the glass to give their baby a drink, they are practicing life-skills too! And when a child offers you a cup of coffee, but it’s just an empty pink plastic tea-cup? It’s your turn to play.
Let’s press play on what happened this week at The House.
We will start in the Senior Preschool classroom where the interest in transportation kept rolling as they took a much closer look at the different types of trains. Go trains!
Look at this concentration below! They have mastered that pincer-grasp. Here the Seniors are tracing the letters of the alphabet, which just so happens to be within a train. Not only are they tracing the letters, but without realizing it they are working on their letter recognition too! Hidden learning is happening! Sneaky teachers.
The train theme kept chugging along as they put sponge to paper to create their own train paintings.
And when life gives you flowers…you do a science experiment.
Add the food colouring to the water in the vase, and then as the flower drinks up the water, the food colouring starts to die the white flowers giving them a boost of colour.
After the Ice Day, our outdoor space turned into an ice rink, and since we had no skates, we gathered around Mr. Singh, one of our student teachers, and together the Senior’s of the House made colourful playdough.
The Senior’s were not the only ones who made playdough, across the way in Preschool, they too gathered together to mix the ingredients to create their own ‘dough.
At the beginning of the week, the Preschool squad attempted the “Avocado Experiment,” where you take the pit of the avocado, stick toothpicks into the pit to be able to submerge the bottom of the pit into water. As the bottom of the pit sits in water, the top of the pit is where the avocado tree will start to grow….or so we hope! As the week went on, the Preschool children have kept their eye on the ‘cado and have even made their own drawings of the experiment too! Stay tuned as we wait to see what happens…
The Preschool children also got their paint on this week, from painting on mirrors to painting on walls…you did not read that wrong, I did say they painted on mirrors and on walls…See below for proof.
The next few photos below may look as though the Preschool children built towers with blocks, however, when asked, they explained that they were building sandcastles on the beach…sounds to me like we are not the only ones wanting that beach vacation!
Speaking of the beach…the small world play in Preschool was set up just so.
With a few new pieces in the dramatic centre, the children took to setting the table…
And when we were able to play outdoors…both the Senior and Preschool children explored the puddles before they froze over during the Ice Age.
With the ice and cold keeping us indoors the toddlers of the House decided to start a band. They created guitars using recycled Kleenex boxes and elastic bands, drums using recycled formula bins, and shakers using tin bowls.
And they have been jamming out all week…because who wants to work when you can bang on your drums all day!
The music was just fine coming from the Toddler classroom and as you walked over into the Senior Toddler classroom, you know what else was fine? These motor skills. Their little hands thread the pipe-cleaner through the beads, maneuvered the people to line them up in a row, and built a bridge for the people to cross, all moving carefully to complete the task at hand.
The fine motor skills continued as they carefully painted the Popsicle sticks that formed a house shape. They concentrated hard to paint just the sticks…
The Seniors got all that extra stored up energy out when Monkeynastix paid a visit this week. Ms. Heather put them to work!
Suzie stopped by The House too!
Now sing it with me, THE WEEKEND IS HERE!
Over and out.
The Chartwell House.