Friday, January 23, 2015
What's better than snuggling with your kids, a blanket, and a bowl of snacks for a family movie night? On the next rainy evening, turn the family room into your own personal theater. Pick a movie the whole family will enjoy, settle in, and enjoy the show
Spend some quality family time together with a favorite board game. Maybe you will be buying and selling real estate in Monopoly or enjoying the treats in Candy Land, or one of my favorites, LIFE. Playing board games are a great way to spend a leisurely day at home.
Monday, January 19, 2015
In the dolphin class we are always having valuable teaching moments full of fun. Children are full of curiosity and what's a better way to learn then hands on experiences. This week we are exploring cold weather. Children learn and understand best when they are actively engaged, using their senses. What they can feel, smell, touch, taste and hear will help them to remember the materials better.
This child is learning "what happens to water when it freezes?"and "what happens to ice when it melts?" What she is learning now will be stored into her memory and will be carried over to another learning experience.
Learning how to dress appropriately for the cold weather can also be a fun learning hands on experience. This is also an excellent fine motor activity to do with your children. Not only are they having fun but they are learning a skill that will help them in the future.
The children are exploring different types of arctic animals and balancing "ice glaciers" fun hand eye coordination skill
While reading to your children remember, it is alway important to ask your child lots of questions about what you are reading. Doing this will help with their critical thinking and will allow them the opportunity to share with you what they learned from their hands on experiences.
Friday, January 16, 2015
When it's too cold for your children to play outside, you may find yourself going crazy trying to find engaging indoor activities before they're glued to the television or getting into other mischief. Indoor activities should provide a balance of physical activity and creative outlets. Some indoor activities depend on the age and interests of your children, as well as your tolerance for the noise and mess it may make.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Monday, January 5, 2015
Learning positional words such as up, down, inside, under, next to, between, right and lift are just some of the words that are very important for preschoolers to learn. Positional words help the children relate to where they are in the world around them and how objects relate to one another. Positional words are essential for communication and increases their ability to give and follow directions.
Ms. Kelly and I strengthen and support the use of positional words daily, by play games, sing, songs and reading books. We use positional words during art and small group activities, and we emphasize positional words when we are giving directions.