Saturday, January 17, 2015

Fine motor skills

Fall experiences in the classroom

 1:Children were enjoying pouring the pine cone from one tray to another bamboo trays and counting home many pine cone were shifting ?
 2:Another child was helping how to count accurately to his peer.
 3:M  was telling F ,I have more pine cones .
4: F said I found a big leaf -that is is yellow too.
5:They were not only counting or pouring the pine cones,they were also experiencing the texture of the dried maple leaves-how they were making sounds while they were playing with the natural objects .

Comment :We collected some multicolored maple leaves and pine cones from our neighborhood to fill our sensory table. The last two months children  already observed lots of brown and black Caterpillars,lady bugs, and earthworms  when they went outside with the teachers.This November , when they come to the school ,they were observing the leaves on the ground .We decided to pick the  maple leaves and pine cones for them .Children were observing the colors, textures of the leave, sand,and pine cones.Also sensing and comparing the differences between them  .We provided  bamboo tray and basket which gave  opportunity to count share and interact with each other . Some children were interested to know the name of the part of  the leaves,some of them were counting how many cones they collected .They were enjoying while they were playing with each other .

Oceans creations of Allah (swt)

Our class room setup for exploring sea creatures. The sensory table is filled with clear water . I provided a few different types of objects to recognize the names . This is to understand  why we have it ? To feel the differences and to interact with their peers .                                            
  At the art table I have decided to provide blue papers and a few different types of sea creations .Most of the children in my class are between the ages of 3 to 4 years old . Using color pencils and tracing it on the papers will not only develop their fine motor skills but but also expand their vocabulary skills .

Out science table, my focus was to explore .investigate,compare, and learn about sea creations and their distinct texture . I displayed a few books about sea life, this will encourage children to read and recognize them .                                            

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Exploring Sea Shells

 Children were comparing and investigating --big and small shells.
                                                   Some have sharp and spiky backs .
                      There were wondering why some of them have smooth surfaces?
she picked one and said--looks like ice cream cone .
My reflection:
Before winter vacation we have been exploring nature ,bugs ,seasons etc.We also did many activities with natural objects  ,such as -dry leaves, maple leaves, and flowers rock pine cone branches etc .When we started our first week of January ,I was thinking what kind of activities I can plan to encourage them to  involve with a group activity  .
I set up my science table with  varieties of sea shells only and was thinking to ask them what they know about sea life-Creation's of Allah? They were talking about fish ,sea shells ,sea weed ,rocks and dolphins --this is our first science and sensory activies for our first week .Inshallah we will keep posting and more ideas about the creation's of Allah and how children are exploring and learning about them .