Creative Representation–Color as a Starting Point

LB map house marks J,Ma

It’s not difficult for children to create symbols and representations of things. It depends upon how you start and what you expect. In my Little Builders class, I wanted to help children feel comfortable, right from the beginning, with the idea of creating representations of our work to dramatically play with landscapes of the ocean,…

Noticing Things

LB hands in water and shells

  Have you ever stopped to think about the part that “noticing things” plays in our lives? Take a look at this list of key experiences for preschoolers from the High/Scope Foundation. This is the section called Classification:   Exploring and describing similarities, differences, and the attributes of things Distinguishing and describing shapes Sorting and matching…

Building an Ocean

LB adding dolphins (2)

Children have many opportunities to build with blocks, Legos, and other interesting materials. How can we give them time and materials to work on a larger scale? For my Little Builders class, I assembled a collection of cardboard panels, poles, stands, fabric, sea creatures, and shells to build an ocean. Working with panels and hanging…

My House by the Ocean

LB house 2

Building houses comes naturally to children. After using cardboard panels and cloth to build an ocean in our first Little Builders class, it was a logical extension to invite the children to use the materials to build houses and distinguish land from water in our dramatic play space. As the children began to claim space…

Games for Social Learning

Matching princess cards

Parents want their children to be successful. Getting along with others is cited over and over again as being crucial to success in school, at work, and for happiness in everyday life. Classic Tales stories provide endless opportunities to structure activities where children can practice social learning skills. Entering new situations and meeting new people…

Frozen at St. Timothy’s

Creating ice castles

Classic Tales classes take their cues from a story and what children might find compelling about that story. We came together at St. Timothy’s to playfully explore the setting, characters, plot, and themes of the story “Frozen”. What could I do to get the children to dive right in and get actively involved? I started…