Since I have a student teacher for the next few weeks I have a little bit of free time. Most of it will be used for assessment, planning and working with small groups, but I am hoping to set aside a little bit of time for developing classroom resources. I will be adding to my science exploration tubs and would love ideas from my blogging friends.
Here's my vision:
I would like the Kinders to access the tubs during morning play centres and afternoon quiet centres. The centres will be exploratory, independent and hands on.
I purchased some science resources last year when I was fundraising but this year we have not fundraised, so nothing has been added. I have about twenty dollars leftover from my hollow block purchase and will be spending that on these centres. I would like to have a couple of books in each tub and so will look for used one at the thrift stores.
So far I have purchased goggles, magnifying glasses and bug jars.
These are the existing centres:
Magnet Centre- children sort the objects into magnetic/non-magnetic using a variety of magnets which have different strengths.
Light Centre- children explore light using colour paddles and assorted kaladeiscopes
Rock Centre- there are mini-magnifying glasses, assorted rocks and rock books
Bug Centre with bug boxes, bug eye viewer, preserved bugs and mini-habitats to keep found bugs in for a day dollar store bugs, bug picture cards and a couple of bug non-fiction books.
Shell Centre-there are shells from our local seashore
On my wish list is a Take Apart Centre where the children can take apart small objects like computer speakers, clocks and flashlights; Things That Roll Centre with miniature cars, blocks, a board and a children's measuring tape; Bug Centre with bug boxes, bugs and bug books or cards; Things That Float Centre with scoops, nets, small plastic graph and a variety of objects. Finally I would like a couple of small clipboards and a few emergent science books and/or cards on these topics. I'm pretty confident that I can create these centres using found objects, thrift store shopping, garage sales and donations.