Week 6 Beans!

 Week 6 blogging is a bit late.  Sorry about that, I was a tiny bit busy. 🙂  I really am enjoying the pretty purple flowers on this bean plant!  The bottom leaves are loosing their color too soon in my opinion, so I added some fertilizer.  I realize I have no bees to pollinate, butContinue reading “Week 6 Beans!”

Green Apple Cinnamon Play dough

Apple cinnamon play dough not only smells good, but this batch turned out super smooth and very malleable! Notice the above picture is of a young child starting with a medium sized flat circle of dough and then following it are three small ones with the last being super large.  This child started each pieceContinue reading “Green Apple Cinnamon Play dough”

Play Based Learning

   Cars and Blocks! 🙂  A three year old child decided that cars and blocks go nicely together and so began construction of a large one story building and some nice parking spots for cars.  And some cars park upside down.    I absolutely love how this child decided the parking spots should be on tallContinue reading “Play Based Learning”

Following the Interest of a Child

Before we went on winter break I captured these pictures from the morning preschool sessions. 🙂    Using puzzle pieces and a small wooden bowl I set up a provocation for the morning. 🙂   Here is  a small example of emergent curriculum.  I based this provocation off of what I saw happening in class.  TheContinue reading “Following the Interest of a Child”

Provocation and a Child’s Interest

   I’ve talked before about how young children sometimes will be curious about a provocation or not.  I’ve also talked about how using the materials you have is a great way to incorporate recycling into your curriculum.  Above I had set up a small provocation using boxes, blocks and wooden dolls, our fairies.  And IContinue reading “Provocation and a Child’s Interest”

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! 🙂 Using fabric pieces, interestContinue reading “Fabic Pieces and Interest Areas”

Halloween Tour!

  The Marigold School of Early learning is having a tour on Halloween!  Please join us between 3:00-6:00 p.m. for an up close look at the preschool and treat bags!   I love teaching young children and if you are looking for a small play-based environment for your child aged three to five years please comeContinue reading “Halloween Tour!”

Fabric and Buttons!

 Using textures and small manipulatives like buttons for beginning patterning provocations is another way to introduce mathematic concepts to young minds in a non-intrusive way.  This is an example of how you can display biggest to smallest using buttons.  The idea when setting up provocations like this one with fabric and buttons, is to keep inContinue reading “Fabric and Buttons!”

The joy of a wooden tool bench and more!

  This is another addition to the building and construction area!  I prefer wooden toys that really do what they claim.  I also enjoy the fact that the tools all work and are just right for young developing fine motor muscles of children ages 3-5. 🙂   This particular learning set is one the children could haveContinue reading “The joy of a wooden tool bench and more!”

Colorful Counters

  My new wooden dolls came in this great divider and I thought it was perfect for my new colorful counters!  Reusing items you already have is not only more cost effective but easier on our environment as well. 🙂     Using colorful counters to incorporate shapes and letters are a couple ways of using thisContinue reading “Colorful Counters”