Following the Interest of a Child

Before we went on winter break I captured these pictures from the morning preschool sessions. ūüôā   ¬†Using puzzle pieces and a small wooden bowl I set up a provocation for the morning. ūüôā ¬†¬†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”

Clay, Buttons and Oil Pastels

¬†¬†Using clay and buttons as a simple number provocation is another way to incorporate mathematical experiences into your classroom. ¬†Some children will come over and use the oil pastel to try and trace the number and the buttons. ¬†Other children will copy the number and buttons free hand. ¬†And still others may squish the clayContinue reading “Clay, Buttons and Oil Pastels”

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!”

Flower, Paint and Crayon Provocation

This may look daunting, but just wait, I will explain. ūüôā ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†I set up a lavender rhododendron, purple and pink tempera paint (washable), two different paint brushes, green and brown crayons, small rectangular paper and finally blue play dough. ¬†I also made sure there were half filled jars of water with rocks atContinue reading “Flower, Paint and Crayon Provocation”

Oil Pastel Provocation

Oil pastels have such a soft texture and so much pigment! ¬†As you can see below in the picture frame, this four year old child was very happy drawing with about four different colors of oil pastels. ¬†This particular child did not use water to smudge the drawing, but rather his fingers, however the effect,Continue reading “Oil Pastel Provocation”

Simple Provocations

¬† Provocations are not always ideas we adults come up with. ¬†Sometimes they are moments we’ve observed young children interacting with nature, with each other, with their stuffed animals etc. ¬†All it takes is a spark of an idea and a little more time allowing that natural idea to progress, which enables a provocation toContinue reading “Simple Provocations”

What Would You DO?

“Hmm…what can I do with paper, pencil and scissors?”¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† “I can draw anything I want. ¬†Then IContinue reading “What Would You DO?”

Reggio Inspired Provocations with Flowers

As a Teacher I know there are countless ways in which to implement lessons, set up provocations, encourage interests for young children, so I thought I would show some ways in which I like to set up a simple provocation. Initial set up is aesthetically pleasing to me, the adult, but I never know forContinue reading “Reggio Inspired Provocations with Flowers”