Room 1 in the Family Center

Gabriel Guyton,
Head Teacher in Room 1

Autumn is here

The friends in Room 1 have been explorers and researchers. They have been using all their senses to understand and learn. Friends have loved exploring the pumpkins. They used paintbrushes as extensions of their arms to add paint to the pumpkins. They experienced the sensory sensation of water and sand as it covered the pumpkins. Kiddos experimented with early math skills when they counted pumpkins and noticed sizes (big and small).  Cars and trains have been exciting to many friends as a tool to experiment with the ideas around physics. The upper loft is our story loft. We have Brown Bear and Owl Babies. The friends like to go up to the loft and re-tell or listen to the favorite stories.

I just attended and presented at the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in Dallas, Texas. I spoke with so many wonderful people including Zai’s grandmother Ellen Galinsky. Ellen did a wonderful presentation and shared a resource you all might like  I heard Austin’s grandmother Amy Dombro, was there but I missed her. I also spoke with Dr. Christina Sales, the author of Ramps and Pathways. Dr. Sales and I had shared a love of constructivist education and how pattern puzzles, ramps, pathways, and other materials offered in a classroom offers opportunities for amazing learning. In Room 1 we allow the children to construct knowledge about the physical world by letting them actively create, test, and refine their original and spontaneous ideas about how things can work. You can see your children at any one time figuring out which ideas work to solve a problem and which do not. You can see children exploring pre-science, pre-engineering, and pre-math properties with certain materials. For example when your children work with pattern block puzzles they are learning to recognize and compare shapes and sizes, investigating and predicting the results of putting together and taking apart two-dimensional shapes, creating mental images of geometric shapes by using spatial memory and spatial visualization. Your children stay interested in these types of puzzles because of their unexpected challenges that provide opportunities to let children be actively engaged in their own learning. It is beautiful to see each day.

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The Sound of Music

Children of all ages are naturally drawn to music. Infants coo at lullabies, toddlers bang on pots and pans with wooden spoons, and preschoolers sing and dance to music.

Children learn a variety of skills from musical experiences. Shaking, tapping, and beating instruments enhance fine motor development. Children listening for a beat, the sounds of different instruments, tunes, and lyrics are developing auditory discrimination.

Kids can experience the emotional effects of music by listening to and creating music that is soothing, exciting, or funny. Music promotes creative development as children experiment with new rhythms, sounds, and movements.

We are offering experiences of music through singing and instruments. During circle it is so fun to play drums and shake shakers. Best of all we have Betsy, the music teacher come to our classroom on Wednesdays and we go to her music room on Thursdays.