These are some of the things we loved best about the firehouse:
On Thursday, our friend Ben came to school & told us all about his trip to the reptile store with his mom on the previous day. He was very interested in snakes & lizards. Following his lead, we read two books about snakes, slithered on the floor like snakes, rainbow traced the letter “S” for Snake, & toy snakes were made available for play. The children worked together to build a snake pit with the blocks.
On Friday, our friend Max brought in a dinosaur tape measure from home. Max began talking about dinosaurs, so dinosaur toys were made available. We measured them, learned about different types of dinosaurs & read the big book The World of Dinosaurs (Melvin Berger). Dinosaurs in the sand table? Of course! We also created our own dinosaur, Broccolisaurus, with some descriptive references.
These are just two examples of how emergent curriculum works. Rather than using themes from a specific curriculum, the children have input into what they learn. And when children have input, it makes learning much more meaningful to them.
Books We Read:
A great big thank you to Max & his mom for letting us borrow Max's favorite book, Going to the Fire House (Mercer Mayer). This was the perfect book to read prior to our field trip.
We also read My “d” Book (Jane Belk Moncure), Snakes Live in Grass (Melvin & Gilda Berger), Snakes (Carolyn MacLulich) &The World of Dinosaurs (Melvin Berger).
- We will have our Fall Celebration for Creative Kids families on Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Children are invited to wear their costumes. Rather than coordinate everyone bringing something, I'm asking that families please send in $1 for each person attending. I will purchase the food, drinks & paper goods. A letter was sent home with a form to be completed for number of people attending. Please remember to turn in this form ASAP.
Ms. Sheri, Ms. Joyce, Ms. Sarah, Miss Miranda, Ms. Fabi & Ms. Bethany