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Tracks with trains (317 out of 365) #blogaday

This week, our unit is “things that go” – we decided to change our sensory table into sand and vehicles so the children can practice driving and notice the patterns in the tracks. They were loving it when we set it up on Friday. I am excited to see their interactions and discoveries as the unit goes on! P6_058cI posted two today because I ran out of time yesterday 😮

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Prodding the pumpkin (277 out of 365) #blogaday

This is a great idea for the Fall unit! We already have pumpkins in our classes, so it won’t be difficult to take a closer look at one and see what the children come up with. I love involving science and discovery into the lessons and extra activities. We could also do this with other things that are distinctly Fall. pumpkin investigation

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Playing with pumpkins (264 out of 365) #blogaday

Today, I got to experience our first seasonal change in the classroom! We brought pumpkins, mini corn, and gourds into the science center 🙂 Our Fall unit will be in a couple weeks and I am very excited to start adding some of those colors into the room. The children were surprised that we brought a HUGE pumpkin for them to observe and practice carrying! I love Fall and all the activities we can do with it.

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Talking about trees (196 out of 365) #blogaday

https://wordpress.com/read/post/feed/20036726/761105695

It is important to talk to students about nature, but I feel like most teachers focus on animals or the seasons – trees are a large part of what children see when they go outside. Observations of trees and the different types would help them understand more about their effect on trees, as well as how trees make a difference in their lives. This article goes into a deeper understanding than I would do with my young students, but it reminded me that trees should be discussed in science.

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Science for the smallest students (151 out of 365) #blogaday

Science can be very exciting, if you allow it to be! This website shows the multitudes of experiments that very young students can engage in. (http://leftbraincraftbrain.com/2014/08/20/stem-for-preschoolers-love-learn-linky-6/)preschool stemMany people believe that science is too complicated for the early elementary or preschool age, but it is just about the complexity of the content. The “apple browning” one seems like a great incorporation – the students can monitor how fast it happens, come up with ideas for why it happens, and it is something they see all the time! Everybody has eaten an apple or seen someone eat an apple. I want to make learning as engaging as possible, and involving science in such a basic, but effective, way is achievable.