Between the ages of 3 and 5 children usually demonstrate rapid gains in fine motor manipulation, finger dexterity and tool use. Development of fine motor skills takes time, patience and practice. Activities that...
The PKs have been thoroughly enjoying playing with wheels and ramps in the playground.
During an extended play time, the PKs asked if they could bring the wheels and ramps out. They brought out the wheels and then added a challenge: “What can we use instead of ramps to make our wheels roll?” And off they went!
The JK boys and girls have begun to move from simple interactions with each other to more elaborate and sustained exchanges. For young children, these exchanges are often observed during pretend play experiences. Of particular interest, is that, although these are activities of choice for many children, they also bring with them, conflict. Yet, in a classroom, conflict is natural and welcomed. This is the time and place for children to test out their skills of negotiation and learn about the give and take of conversation and materials.
Our PK students also love to participate in many forms of pretend play, including making “Nutella Pizza!”, playing dentist, flying and jumping like “Superman!”, and “sleepy time” under the cozy coats!
Young children learn by imagining and doing. The process of pretending builds skills in many essential developmental areas.
Imagine an art room, filled with materials and tools. An orderly ‘disorder’…there are just so many units and objects defining line, shape, color, form, motion, texture, pattern, direction, orientation, scale, angle, space and proportion!
Now imagine the room filled with young learners, 3 years of age, waiting patiently with art smocks on, seated, keenly following instructions, asked to “sit please” with hands folded in their laps, while the paint pallets, paint brushes and water cups in front of them, beacon these tiny hands to get into the thick of it…but they do not. The children are listening.
They are listening to the atelierista explain, a pumpkin, its stem and the vine it grows on. The children are asked to remember the pumpkins they had begun to paint during their last Studio class. Heads are nodding as the memory of their painting comes back to them.
The PK children experimented with colours, numbers and shapes while printing with apples.
They selected paint colours based on the apples that they had gathered- yellow, red and green. They carefully cut open the apples in different directions, and the children excitedly counted the seeds that became visible inside. In one apple they counted up to six seeds!
Sebastian was amazed to see a “star shape” in the middle of the apple after we removed the seeds. Some of the red and yellow paint mixed to form orange, and Alexia exclaimed “Apples can’t be orange”!