Nature Play On Vancouver Island

Nature Kindergarten On Vancouver Island

Halloween Station - 3D Puzzles using gourds and squashes Hollow Blocks - my large hollow blocks arrived on Friday after school. I have moved the grey rug to create a larger building space for the children in anticipation of this being a popular centre. New Rug-  the school has ordered a new large, classroom rug and we are expecting it shortly. Planting a Promise - we will be planting our daffodil bulbs this week. If you would like to help with planting please email me and I will schedule you in. I think that Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will work in the afternoon. We can also plant Monday and Friday mornings this week. Leaves - please remember to send in fresh leaves (in good shape) in an airtight container so that we can begin our fall art. The preschool children created a beautiful display on Saturday for our classroom during Ready Set Learn. Art- Last week the children were introduced to black sharpies for line drawing, This week we will revis...
The children have really enjoyed the "muffin painting" table task this week especially smooshing  the paper on the painted surface. I left the activity out as a centre choice and many children independently returned multiple times. Over time they continued to be focused and the work more developed. As an observer it was fascinating to listen to their comments and notice how the experience shaped their ideas and plans. For example, Finn discovered concentric circles and made many in different colours while Aubrey noticed that blue and yellow paint turned green and Georgia experimented with different colours, combinations and designs. Thanks for stopping by, ...
" Creative Activity can be described as a type of  learning process where teacher and student are  located in the the same individual" Arthur Koestler (from The Artful Parent) Over the past four years I have been slowly expanding the atelier in my Kindergarten classroom. Finally I feel that I have most of the tools on my wish list, and enough money set aside for special art materials like pipettes, charcoal pencils, liquid water colours and chalk markers.  I have also been reading a lot of blogs and building up a small collection of professional books to help with setting up invitations for process art. Here are my top three books which I use regularly for planning activities in the atelier. All three of these books encourage curiosity, creative thinking and playful learning. I have included Amazon links if you are interested in more reviews. 1. Art Workshop For  Children. How to Foster Original Thinkin g By Barbara Rucci This book gets fiv...
We have just completed our first week of school and the children are amazing. They were nervous the first day but the second day they walked into the room and were ready to start the day (all 60 minutes of it). These first days are an important time to introduce and practice frameworks which we will use all year. One of the frameworks is table work. On most mornings the children will transition into the classroom from the forest by doing table work.  This first week I am focusing on the artelier as I know how much the children will love using the materials and tools once they have an understanding of how to care for tools, access materials as well as clean up.  I prepare the room, before school, with an invitation set up in the studio for the children. The first day I set out beads and pipe cleaners. I really encouraged them to explore the materials and did not give them instructions.  Some made crowns, others made bracelets or necklaces. I did not set any rules but just s...