Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A Great Start

Our friends have had such amazing fun this month! We have had opportunities to play, explore, and create through a variety of open ended play based invitations. Here is a peek at what we have been up to. 

Such a fun year so far!

Play School got off to such a fun start and didn't slow down once. Our kids are learning and growing through play based experiences and we couldn't be more excited!
I love watching the concentration on their faces as they explore the invitations to play. I look forward to seeing the new and exciting ways these children learn about and explore the world around them. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

First Week at Play School

We had such an amazing first week at The Sense of Wonder Play School! I just had to share some highlights. 

We played, we created, we explored, we made new friends, we played some more. It was a great first week!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Summer Time Invitations to Play

The kids and I went to the beach this summer and discovered a whole ocean of treasures. Some of them we could only observe: Fish, waves, jelly fish, hermit crabs. But some we could take home with us like a coconut or seashells. The beach made quite an impression on Birdie and Bug and they have been talking about it a lot since we got back. I decided to build on this interest with a few beach and ocean themed activities.

Our ocean themed invitations: "Sand" play dough and sea shells, painting found objects (a coconut from the beach), and an ocean themed sensory tub with blue crayola sand, sharks, fish, and whales.

Monday, July 27, 2015

We Have Been Hard at Work

 Folks, let me tell you, we have been hard at work this summer. The entire month of June was spent turning this garage...

In to this beautiful classroom! 
 I had some great helpers!

 We spackled, we painted, we hung and aranged and rearanged and rearranged and finally...
We were able to bring this beautiful room to you! I am so excited! Please allow me to give you the grand tour!

 Bellow is our light table. This is always a classroom favorite! The children have access to a variety of materials to explore using the light table from Magna Tiles to glass beads. These materials are fun to play with on their own, but adding light and reflection adds another element to the play.

Here is our home living center. As with most of the centers in the class, mirrors are added. This serves several purposes. The first is to reflect the natural light in to all the areas of the class. Studies have shown that natural light improves both students health and mood.  The second reason to include mirrors in our play spaces is to allow the child a different way to observe themselves and their play.

Blocks and Construction. This is one of my favorite centers and the one that I personally like to play with the most! (Yes, I still play. You should too!) As with our other centers this one has a large mirror placed at ground level so children can observe their creations from many different angles.
Every class needs a nice cozy place to curl up with a book! Soft pillows and a corner away from the more active centers is the perfect spot.

A safe place for and anxious child to find peace and quiet...

 Colored pencils sorted by color families...

Natures treasures on display...

An outdoor art area...

Sensory table...

 Another cozy nook...

 A place for the fairies! We can't leave them out!

So there you have it! The grand tour of the Sense of Wonder Play School! Please tell me what you think. Would you like to spend your day here? Let me know in the comment section below.