Fabic Pieces and Interest Areas

The Marigold School of Early Learning is a morning preschool for young minds aged three to five years.  School resumes the week of January 4th through 8th, 2016.  We are ready to jump into learning fun at 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., so come join us so you can enjoy learning too! 🙂

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Using fabric pieces, interest areas can move about the school or be more visible to young children’s eyes.  When I first bought the fabric scraps I knew I would use them for something, I just didn’t know exactly what. And then it hit me!  Portable interest areas or provocations with a similar concept to movable centers.  

In the Construction/ Block Interest area there is a rather busy carpet.  Some children actually do use the roads on the carpet while most do not.  So since it was such a busy background I put down one piece of fabric and moved the lacing cards to the Construction/Block Interest area.  The lacing cards were more visible and it freed up our table for play dough fun! 🙂

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We also found that the same piece of fabric could be used as a table cloth on our kitchen table.  So it turned out I had plenty of uses for my pile of fabric scraps. 🙂  Not only did using the fabric for multiple things work, we discovered how easy it can be to gather materials and put them in their proper place when they are on fabric that can be easily and quickly turned into a makeshift bag.  Of course we made sure all four corners were up and tied together before moving the materials.

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Setting up a provocation using fabric and other materials sparks a young child’s mind into thinking along creative pathways.  Using the materials in endless ways keep the children expanding their thoughts and understandings too.  Fabric is large, small, soft, smooth, rough or bumpy.  Fabric is portable not static and can be used in many different ways to enhance quality learning for young minds.  Children experience color, texture, patterns, size differences and the many uses that come from having fabric as an educational tool. 🙂

100_8468 This child used puzzle pieces and buttons as cat food.  We put down a piece of fabric in the reading corner.

100_8481  Back to the Construction/ Block area we used another piece of fabric to use blocks and mini checkers for sandwiches.  And yes, this was a three year old child’s idea.

100_8524  Another day we used blocks, wooden bowls, geo shape blocks and other fun items to make a picnic!  The imagination of a child never stops and the wonderful part of all of this is the endless learning that is unfolding!

Come join The Marigold School of Early Learning if you want your 3-5 year old child to experience the joy of learning through inquiry, exploration, discoveries and many more developmentally appropriate learning opportunities! 🙂 

100_8527  An unopened canned soup made it’s way onto our picnic area! This is all the creative work of a three year old child! 🙂

 

Heidi Scott, BA and MIT

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