Friday, August 11, 2017

The Power of Play----Science and Nature 8/11/2017

For young learners, science is just an extension of their everyday world. We don’t have to teach young children how to wonder, discover, and explore through play because they do it naturally.

When people say they don’t like science, it’s most likely because of a bad experience they had as a child. It was the experience that shaped their negative opinion. That’s why it’s so important to our teachers and staff at AoSL to focus on creating amazing experiences that encourage discovery through play, asking questions, exploration and using creativity to solve simple problems. Amazing experiences turn into unforgettable learning experiences that can inspire and motivate children to want to learn and explore more on their own!

Mr. Bond the Science guy came to visit during our Power of Play summer, creating one of those unbelievable, unforgettable experiences for our young scientists! 

Popsicle Days at Seaboard Lane! 8/11/2017

Summer just isn't complete without popsicles! Our friends at AoSL were able to beat the summer heat with a tasty cool treat! Toddlers through Pre K 2 enjoyed 100% fruit juice pops, 100% fruit juice popsicles, and Luigi's Italian Ice. Yummy! Yummy!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Power Of Sensory 7/31/2017

From birth through to early childhood, children use their senses to explore and try to make sense of the world around them. They do this by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, moving and hearing.

 Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child's senses: touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight and hearing.

Sensory activities facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. The sensory activities allow children to refine their thresholds for different sensory information helping their brain to create stronger connections to process and respond to sensory information.

Touch---Touch is a powerful learning tool for enhancing early emotional learning

Sensory seeking children frequently experience sensory cravings, where they simply can’t get enough of anything. They are constantly searching for ways to stimulate their nervous systems.

Our friends at Seaboard Lane have explored sensory by playing in the many different sensory bins we have. They have discovered the grasslands, with the faux grass and wild animal bin, been gardeners, with our soil and flower bin, traveled the Jurassic era, with the rock and dinosaur bin, and swam the ocean blue, with our water and whale bin. What a fun week?!