1/31/2018 0 Comments
You are your child's most important teacher and they look to you for guidance in parent child classes. Here are tips for how to enjoy the process in class and at home.
Tips for leading process-focused art (https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/tyc/feb2014/process-art-experiences)
1. Approach art like open-ended play—for example, provide a variety of materials and see what happens as the child leads the art experience
2. Make art a joyful experience. Let children use more paint, more colors, and make more and more artwork
3. Provide plenty of time for children to carry out their plans and explorations
4. Let children come and go from their art at will
5. Notice and comment on what you see: Look at all the yellow dots you painted
6. Say YES to children’s ideas
7. Offer new and interesting materials
8. Play music in the background
9. Take art materials outside in the natural light
10. Display children’s books with artful illustrations, such as those by Eric Carle, Lois Ehlert, and Javaka Steptoe
11. Let the children choose whether their art goes home or stays in the classroom
12. Remember that it’s the children’s art, not yours
The Process Art Workshop with Eva Der is tomorrow, Thursday, 2/1, at 10:30am at the Hamilton-Wenham Library. We will be adding a second group in Essex later this month! Come to all or come to some. Join anytime. But, please register. It helps us if we know how much paper, paint, or brushes are needed for the season.
Text CFCELISA to 22828 to be added to our email list to receive notifications about groups and events.
Young children are hard-wired to be natural scientists. They are full of questions, often non-stop, and young minds at this age are especially ripe for learning concepts that lay down the neural pathways for future science learning. When children participate in STEM playgroups they learn to observe, describe, categorize, communicate, record, experiment, predict, generalize, relate to prior experiences, problem solve, collaborate, and use tools.
This week in STEM w/ Julie at the TOHP Burnham Library, on Wednesday at 3:00-3:45, children will experience building bridges that support dinosaurs! Please register if you wish to come. All children will receive a blank book and crayons to begin recording their own scientific journal. Come to all or come to some.
It's cold! According to my phone weather app it is 11 degrees. When you wake up tomorrow it will be -5 degrees! Stay warm, stay safe, and have fun!
1. Stay warm by putting on Halloween costumes or playing dress-up.
2. Dance Party! Turn your house into a disco. Dance the day away.
3. Get out your sleeping bags and camp in the living room.
4. Play library. Pull out all of your child's favorite books and organize them, talk about them, and read them! Make homemade library cards and pretend to borrow books.
5. Make homemade play-doh.
6. Spread art supplies out on the kitchen table and make a huge mess.
7. Bake. Baking and cooking are great ways to teach children about science (counting, measuring, mixing).
8. Play board games.
9. Make a board game out of a cardboard box. Think along the lines of Candy Land but as a map of your house.
10. Recycled materials build. Trash and recycling pick-up has been delayed in many towns. Think of it as an opportunity to build.
11. Keep building. Build a fort using pillows and blankets. Hide inside and tell stories by flashlight.
12. Put on a play or concert in your living room.
13. Drink hot cocoa and watch a movie.
14. Have a snowball fight using tissues.
15. Skate on paper plates. Works best on carpet. Step on plates and slide across the floor. It’s a good work out, too.
16. Make a maze or a hopscotch out of masking tape.
17. Build a ring toss out of a paper towel tube and the outside ring of a paper plate. Paint or color them to extend the activity.
18. Create an obstacle course using pillows and stuffed animals. Line the floor with tape. Hang streamers.
19. Make paper airplanes.
20. Go bowling. Make a bowling alley using masking tape, empty water bottles, and a beach ball.
21. Make lacing cards using cereal boxes or paper plates. Thread with yarn or twine.
22. Play basketball. Roll up newspaper and toss into a bucket or through a hula hoop.
23. Sort toys by color or type. Make it a movement activity by placing red toys in the kitchen. Stuffed bears in the living room.
24. Ice Sun Catchers. Take a pie tin and fill it with water, leaves, pine cones, and yarn so it can hang. Then put it outside and let it freeze. When it is frozen, take it out and hang it on a tree.
25. Scavenger hunt!
26. Make a balance beam using masking or painters tape.
27. Indoor snow ball toss. Get snow from outside. Make small snow balls and toss into paper cups. You could also use cotton balls.
28. Make paper bag or sock puppets.
29. Play cards.
30. Play I-Spy.
31. Make a time capsule to open up next winter or snow day.
Enjoy these activities! And, if you find yourself feeling stressed out and you need someone to talk to, you can always call or visit the Parents Helping Parents Parental Stress Hotline.
1/5/2018 0 Comments
Saturday, 1/6/18 at 10:15am. Join us! Please register online so we know how many to expect.
CANCELLED: Book Nook w/ Melanie Ward is cancelled for Saturday, 1/6/18. It will start next weekend.
11/20/2017 0 Comments
At Musical Story Time Jam we have been reading the book "I Can Share" by Karen Katz. This has opened up many conversations about sharing and it has inspired sharing in class. The ability to share and be respectful of others is an essential skill for children to learn before they enter school.
Enjoy this handout from the Center For Social and Emotional Learning called Book Nook. It suggests prompts and activities for reading this book, such as art projects and discussion topics. Check it out! Book Nook for I Can Share. Enjoy reading this book at home! We will read it tomorrow in Essex and we will start a new book after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Lisa Cheney, CFCE Coordinator, Hamilton-Wenham RSD.
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