Sunday, April 6, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
- Two magnets
- Shoe box lid
- Small objects that will stick to the magnet and some that will not
- paper cut out figure (can be characters of a story, such a the Three Pigs)
- Paper clips
Now that you have collected all of your items, you are ready to have fun with magnets!
1. First, spread out all of the small objects that you've collected and explain to your preschooler that some of the items on the floor will be "attracted" by the magnet and some will not.
2. Next, have your preschooler experiment with picking up items with the magnet. It may be interesting to hear what your preschoolers hypothesis is on why some items are attracted and some are not. These types of conversations are always fascinating and I encourage you to ask questions. Also, be sure to point out the common denominator of the objects that are being attracted if your preschooler misses this point by sheer excitement.
3. While your preschooler is engrossed in trying to find all of the things that will stick to the magnet, take a few minutes to glue a paper clip to your paper cut out figures. While that dries for a few minutes, ask your preschooler to try to pick up another magnet with there magnet. Discuss the differences between trying to pick-up the other magnet using opposite sides.
4. Now that your paper clips have had time to adhere to the cut-out figures, ask your preschooler to help you put on a magical show. Place your cut-out figures face on top of the shoe box lid (paper clips touching the lid). Next, have your preschooler put there hand underneath the shoe box to move the characters...magic!
I'll be back next week with more on science for preschoolers!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
- Model Behavior ~This is a biggy...read, write lists, show your children how you calculate how much you pay for bills, read labels while grocery shopping, etc.
- Provide Educational Opportunities ~Purchase quality toys and activities that provide rich learning experiences, Make sure paper and writing utensils are readily available.
- "Child-Friendly" Your Home ~Go through your home and make sure that learning materials are easily accessible and neatly displayed.
- Go Outside ~I can't express enough how important it is to take the kiddos out doors. WARNING:the questions that will come up can keep you researching for awhile.
- Encouragement ~Encouragement does not mean let them try and then take over. Instead guide them if they need help. Show them once or twice, but let them learn to do it for themselves.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
- Play music that is appropriate for the mood you are trying to set
- Encourage your child to get up or move her body parts while listening to music
- Make up songs to replace the words for added language skills building
- Purchase or make instruments to use along with the music
- Sing a special song together that includes your child's name
- Record your child's musical experience either by video or audio recorder
- Use finger plays, and encourage your child to follow the directions of the song and get a bonus practice on sequencing. (eg. Give a Dog a Bone, and Head and Shoulders)
Well, that's it for today, I am going to leave you with the words to one of my new favorite songs...
Five Little Monkeys
Five little monkeys sitting in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Alligator
You Can't catch me!
Along came Mr. Alligator
As quiet as can be
And he snapped that monkey right out of that tree!
Count down till there aren't anymore monkeys left or you can say that the last monkey says "you missed me!"
Feel free to share your comments on music and movement or anything that you've read here.