Experts in Training
"Observe. Record. Tabulate. Communicate. Use your five senses. Learn to see, learn to hear, learn to feel, learn to smell and know that by practice alone you can become expert."
Peeking into the PreK classroom this week you would have seen us investigating, planning, building, creating, and collaborating. Learning in the early childhood classroom is full of inquiry, delight, and mastery. We learn best about our physical environment, ourselves, and each other by exploring our senses. This week, we went on a senses walk through the gardens and explored how our hands and noses give us information. “This feels like butter!” -H said touching a flower. “This feels like my dog!” -O exclaimed rubbing a lamb’s ear. “It’s hugging my nose!”- L laughed while smelling a flower. We also discussed different odors and our reactions to them. N: What smells stinky? U: Poop! Fish! N: When I was on a hill, I smelled a bear. I don't like the smell of dead plants! I like the smell of Mac and Cheese.
O: I like to smell candy and doggies.
In the outdoor classroom we loved digging out rivers and lakes and buildings volcanoes in the muddy ground. We worked together to connect mud puddles to become rivers. We secured sticks in the muddy ground and used both logic and trial and error to keep them from toppling. H imagined blueprints for his blocks and persevered in the construction until they were just right. We worked both as a group and independently, using our creativity.
Next week we will focus on the sense of hearing. We'll explore the questions what kind of information do our ears give us? How do we each interpret and respond to the sounds around us? We will continue to focus on ways to encourage ourselves and our friends when we feel like giving up on things that challenge us.