Friday, October 24, 2014

Purple Sand

This summer, in our community, a day care closed and had a great
              yard sale where I picked up lots of treasures.
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       One item I bought was a big container of purple sand. 
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      I placed it on trays with Halloween shapes and jewels.
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It is a very fine sand and almost feels smooth.  The children enjoyed tracing through it with their fingers.  The Halloween shapes were a secondary interest
to the sand.
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Then I moved it to the light table.  The light below added a fun effect and
         it looked like the children were painting with the sand.
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The older children became interested in the jewels and started to sort and
                                      create designs.
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The younger children continued to enjoy the feel and movement of the sand.  The larger surface gave them more freedom of movement causing the sand to spill onto the floor.  They were often so content on watching their hand move through the sand that they didn’t notice it fall.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sticky Yarn Window Art

We’ve done glue and yarn sculpting before but this time we ran into a problem.
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The plan was to peel the yarn off the wax paper once it dried then hang it in the
                                             window.
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I had created two the night before but they weren’t dry when we started in the
                                           morning.
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  So we decided to leave them on the wax paper after they dried.
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                   They still look great in the window.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Tour

One of my favourite days of the year is when we visit Shamrock Farm’s
                                     Pumpkin Patch. 
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Last night we had a really bad wind and rain storm and I thought this morning would be the same.  But we woke to clear skies and the sun shone for us, yay!
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   As the families arrived they had an opportunity to do a scavenger hunt.
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Searching and tallying how many pumpkins, witches, scarecrows, jack o’lanterns and
             spiders they could find.  They didn’t see any scarecrows.
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Shannon, the farm owner shared a variety of pumpkins; batwing, little boo,
                               porcelain and fairytale.
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She also showed us a piece of pumpkin vine with the blossom still attached
              which led us to learning where our pumpkin comes from.
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I set up a story walk for the families to read explaining how a pumpkin grows.
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  The families read each picture as they walked the lane leading to the field.
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                  We each found our pumpkin.  Then we found more.
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A little pumpkin like Shannon showed us and a rotting pumpkin with lots of seeds.
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                  Love the pumpkin patch.  Thanks Shannon.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Lesson from Slow Slime

This morning we made slime (the kind with borax) and coloured it purple.
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I set out a tray of materials for the children to use with the slime.  Over the summer I collected silver containers for display. I like that they are different heights and sizes.
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     But the lesson came when one child joined the table.
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The boy on the left joined the table and proceeded to take the slime out of the container.  I suggested he pull it out with his fingers but he continued his way and this is what I discovered.
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I started taking pictures of him as he began to shake the container.  After I made my suggestion I was going to leave but something in his expression made me stick around and continue to take photos. 
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Watching I thought he didn’t want to touch the slime but then I realized he was taking his time and exploring the slime in a different way then the other children. 
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He was patient and curious, noticing how the slime changed from a solid to a dripping form.  How, as he continued to hold the container upside down, the slime started to stretch and become thinner until it finally plopped on to the table.
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From him, I learned to slow down and take my time.  I remembered this lesson shortly after as we were cleaning up.  Sometimes I can rush through activities and be careless but I slowed down and focused on each task rather than bustling through each one.  I felt much calmer after and ready to move into our next activity.