|Preschool student exploring ocean and motion!|
|The calm "ocean" before the storm ( of learning)|
|Listening to shells in "scuba mask"|
standards have an important unit on pushes and pulls it was only natural that my classroom would become a world of oceans and motions for all preschool through Kindergarten students. At the same time, Donors Choose had a Chevron "Fuel Your School" partnership so I was able to purchase all of the ocean and motion materials we needed! Thank you to our additional donors as well!
Student reads "Coral Reefs" by Author Jason Chin who did a school visit!
|Always great to have my husband take time off work to volunteer! "Shell balance" has been a favorite center|
Even if students are in a center where movement is not explicitly explore (say making patterns in sand with shells) they can then explain the shape of the paths the shells made--zig-zag, curved etc.
|Modeling sand + shells = awesome|
|"This is what it looked like after the water rolled over it"- 5yo|
3 year old sorts seashells in the "ocean"
As students explore a concept, I also ensure they MUST do so together! My favorite part of the video below is not the engagement of the students, or the testing they are doing, but when I hear a students say, " Ok! Your turn!" Those collaborative skills are just as important as content goals!
Students will have a few more weeks to explore the world of oceans and motion before we head on our next adventure! If you want to come and visit and explore with us, the door is always open... just bring your flippers and scuba gear!
Up next? PARTNERSHIPS! From Beekeeping to US Forest Service, Author Jason Chin to Birds of Prey, partnerships have been in full swing! Stay tuned!
Until next time,