Monday, February 17, 2020

Bubble Making

Blowing and watching bubbles are great fun for children of all ages and may not seem like anything more, but actually this entertaining activity has many important roles in cognitive, language, and physical development for children! Here are some ways we use bubbles to enhance learning in different developmental areas.
  • Bubbles help aid in physical development.
  • They are a great gateway to science discussions. 
  • Bubbles help with early literacy.
  • They are a great sensory tool. 

making our own bubbles in the sunshine

blowing hard for bubbles

bubble blowing!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Plant a Tree, Save a Life

We all know trees are good for us– but why. An average size tree produces enough oxygen in one year to keep a family of four breathing. Three trees planted in the right place around buildings can cut air-conditioning costs up to 50 percent. By planting 20 million trees, the Earth and its people will be provided with 260 million more tons of oxygen. Those same 20 million trees will remove 10 million tons of CO2.

Plant a tree, save a life!

planting pretend trees

getting his trees just right

Friday, February 7, 2020

SNOW DAY 2020!

What do you do when it snows in Franklin, TN? Take a look at these cuties and find out!

bring the snow INSIDE!


snow sensory!

painting a snowy day picture!

finger painting a snow day scene!

bucket of snow sensory bin!

snowball made of REAL snow!

not too sure about the snow!
making a snowball with REAL snow!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Tricycles and Wagons

 Transportation is about moving people or things from one place to another. People can move by their own body movements (walking, running, swimming) by animals (being pulled or riding) or by machines (cars, tricycles, buses, airplanes, trains, and boats.) Over the next few weeks, our toddler  friends will explore different types of transportation. This week, it's wagons and tricycles!

Monday, February 3, 2020

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Promoting Preschoolers' Emergent Writing Skills

Procedural knowledge is the mechanics of letter and word writing (e.g., name writing) and includes spelling and gaining alphabet knowledge. Learning the alphabetic code (including how to form letters and the sounds associated with each letter) is an essential component of gaining procedural knowledge. Children benefit from having multiple opportunities throughout the day to develop fine motor skills and finger dexterity using a variety of manipulatives (e.g., magnetic letters, pegboards) and writing implements.--NAEYC

We give our students ample opportunities throughout the day for writing. One time in particular is during our morning small group activities. Other times include during free play, in learning centers, and even on the playground. Our friends love learning to write and spell :-)

Monday, January 13, 2020

Play-dough Power!

Squishing, rolling, sculpting, molding...young children love to play with playdough. Add some props from around the home and playdough play becomes a powerful way to support your child’s learning. This simple preschool staple lets children use their imaginations and strengthen the small muscles in their fingers—the same muscles they will one day use to hold a pencil and write. Using playdough with you, a friend, or siblings supports your child’s social skills such as sharing, taking turns, and enjoying being with other people. Playdough also encourages children’s language and literacy, science, and math skills—all at the same time!---NAEYC

Using a stacking cup on his play-dough