Thursday March 22, 2018

One of our toddler friends requested sand, trucks and animals.  The teachers set out trays and now many of our friends are interested.  We had sand with trucks in the sensory table for quite awhile and then changed it when it appeared the children were not interested anymore.  Now we have brought it back into the classroom as children became interested in this again. 

Wednesday March 21, 2018

The toddlers are bringing their building materials into their play-extending their interests and using materials in multiple ways

Monday March 19, 2018

Dramatic play-social skills, language development.

Playdough: small muscle development, language development, creative exploration, language development, social skills

Friday March 2, 2018

Learning Story

As I walk through the toddler classroom and observe children using loose parts/beautiful stuff in their play I am inspired to share with you the journey of adding beautiful stuff-loose parts to our sensory table.

The toddlers have been over the course of the school year using loose parts/beautiful stuff in their play throughout the classroom environment.  The teachers had baskets and jars throughout the classroom of loose parts connected to dramatic play, sensory, and block play. The children would bring the loose parts from one area of the classroom to other areas of the classroom incorporating the loose parts into their play-cooking, filling up trucks, using with sand and other sensory explorations. 

The children began getting their back packs and bags from their cubby and filling them with loose parts, so we added bags to the environment.  At one team meeting when we were reflecting on children's play and trying to figure out what to put in the sensory table, we decided to put the loose parts from throughout the classroom into the sensory table and see what the children would do.

The children were happy to have a variety of loose part sin the sensory table, they would sort them, use them in cooking, fill up the bags and incorporate the play into their dramatic play, fill up trucks and of course bring them to the box house.  We have added different materials or different shapes, colors and material to the sensory table to continue to support and extend children's interests and learning. 

It was a ah ha moment for us to use the sensory table for loose parts and to support children in using materials in various ways.

Learning stories are Reggio inspired, a way for us to share with you the story of learning that is happening in our classroom.  The photos are from September -March to show the progression of children's play and learning connected to loose parts.  Enjoy!

Wednesday February 28, 2018

Found Poetry- Found poems take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poetry is often made from newspaper articles, street signs, graffiti, speeches, letters, or even other poems.

Today the preschoolers wrote words for the toddlers to use in their found poetry.

Thursday March 1, 2018


Reggio Inspired:The children were introduced to artist Jeffrey Robert, The crayon artist, to extend their interests in drawing, colors and art. The teachers set up a table with samples of his work as well as paper and crayons as an invitation. 

Monday February 26, 2018

The toddlers continue to be interested in building using a variety of materials.  The toddlers build indpdendently, toegther and next to each other.  Children are learning about shapes and colors, balance, language, counting, and social skills.

Friday February 23, 2018

Some of our toddler friends joined Gabriel on the roof to explore geodes

Corinne introduced found word poetry to our toddlers-they chose words from pages of Dr. Seuss books to write a group poem:



and hop. 

Thursday February 22, 2018

Today we made banana bread in both classrooms for afternoon snack.  It is a gluten free recipe.  The toddlers love mashing the bananas.

Wednesday February 21, 2018

Beautiful Stuff/Loose Parts

The toddlers are using the loose parts in the sensory table thorughut their play.  They are filling up the trucks, cooking with them.  The toddlers are extending their interets(truck play and dramatic play), and developing language and social skills.

Friday February 16, 2018

Porotos Granados (Chilean Bean Stew)

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Learning about our cultures

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Celebrating our families!

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Fine motor skills

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Independent Reading