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What Will the Ants Eat?

What Will the Ants Eat?

Last week we found a whole bunch of pill bugs under some rocks in our playground, and ever since then the class has been all about bugs. Every time we go outside we turn over all of the rocks to look for bugs, though the bugs seem to have learned their lesson as we never find them under the rocks anymore.   Still, we look for bugs outside every day and yesterday we found some ants marching around looking for food….

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Practicing Circles on the Map

Practicing Circles on the Map

This week my class has been very interested in sea animals, dolphins especially. One morning, one of the children noticed that there were pictures of dolphins on the world map that is hanging in the classroom. I purchased this map last year and laminated it at my local Lakeshore Learning store (laminating is only 29 cents a foot there). Since we have been working on our fine motor skills, I gave the children dry erase markers and asked them to…

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Emergent Curriculum in Progress: Building Rocket Ships

Emergent Curriculum in Progress: Building Rocket Ships

 Last week we had a great example of how emergent curriculum works. One morning, while I observed some of the children building in the block area, one of the boys said, “Miss Bridget, look. I made a rocket ship!”  I asked him where his rocket ship was going and he told me it was going to space. As we talked about the rocket, I explained how there is a countdown before a rocket blasts off. We counted down from ten…

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Windy Days

Windy Days

Last week, when we made our train conductor hats, some of the children wore them outside. The day was fairly windy and the hats quickly blew off of their little heads. Occasionally, when a child stooped to pick up a hat, it would blow away again before she could get her hands on it. Of course chasing hats across the playground is great fun so we started looking for other things that the wind would blow. We noticed that it…

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