Pre-K and Pre-School students got in on the Think Tank action! Think Tank looks a bit different in their classes. Because early childhood classrooms are inquiry based already, we have created a schedule where I become a center. During choice time in each of the classrooms, I bring my materials for the week's challenge and become the "Discovery Center". Students then choose to come to see me. This works well for a few reasons. First, it is important that children at this age are able to explore things that interest them. Secondly, doing a whole group challenges with 3 and 4 year olds is not the best route for them to get to know the information or explore. As I'm sure you know as parents, their attention span just isn't that long!
So, please don't be alarmed if you ask your 3 or 4 year old if they explored animal tracks and they say no. They may have chosen to go to another center. However, many students did choose to spend their time with me, talk about their different "smarts", meet our "Smart Friends", and explore the tracks. If your child didn't choose my center, please feel free to stop by the learning lab for a quick exploration with them. I am more than happy to lend out some of the materials when the week is through.
This post will be picture heavy! Enjoy seeing your child's class in action. Please also check out the most recent work of Ms. Kelly's class as well as Ms. Hanni's class outside my office afterschool today. They are new additions to the "Inquiry on Display" wall.
Until next time...(aka Sunday when I will unveil our next challenges, and share what's been going on in Learning Lab and 4th and 5th grade this week!)
And now... the moment you have been waiting for... a MILLION pictures of your children! :)
MS. TIMMONS' CLASS EXPLORES WITH THE SMART FRIENDS
AND ANIMAL TRACKS!
MR. SCOTT'S CLASS EXPLORES!!!
MS. LEVIN'S CLASS!
MS. MITCHELL'S CLASS TAKES ON ANIMAL TRACKS!
STAY TUNED FOR MS. SPURLOCK'S CLASS! I SEE THEM ON TUESDAY!