July 19, 2017
Expanding on the Exploration of ‘In’ and ‘Out’ in our Outdoor Environment
The children have been using many materials around the environment to explore the concept of ‘In’ and ‘Out’.They have been observed filling containers and placing various items into holes and open spaces.Today, we extended this interest by utilizing materials in our outdoor environment.The water table was filled with water and buckets, scoops and tubes were added.
Avery began her exploration by using a shovel to scoop the water.Her attention was then drawn to a ball that was floating in the water.She pushed the ball through the water a few times then started to push the ball through a large tube.She did this a few times, watching as it came out the other end into the water.The educator challenged her thinking by placing the tube on its end.Avery examined it then stretched her arm up high to place the ball into the top, again watching for it to fall out.Great cause and effect thinking!
Charolette began by splashing in the water and then she picked up a measuring cup.She scooped some water and was able to successfully pour it out.Her attention was then drawn to the sandbox.She chose a bucket from the water table and carried it over to the sandbox where she scooped some sand with her hand and placed it into the bucket.She did this a few times before turning it over and dumping out the sand.This shows Charolette’s critical thinking skills as she was able to think ‘outside the box’ and use the materials provided in various ways.
Tawni Johnston R,ECE, BA BED