Our kiddos have fallen in LOVE with our watercolor mixing area! We brought it back out again for another week, but added sponges, cotton balls, and string. These simple objects furthered our discoveries and conversations about a variety of topics. The kiddos found out that the sponges and cotton balls would suck up all the color and liquid! But, when you squeezed the sponges you could get all the water back out again! This task was easier with the sponges than it was with the cotton balls....
FALL IS HERE! Our exploration of the Autumn season has officially started!
*Fall Floor Book*
We welcomed the Autumn Equinox by brainstorming about what we know about Fall/Autumn. We talked about the colors of fall and what holidays we celebrate. We also practiced our balancing skills in honor of the equinox - a time when both the sun and moon share an equal time in the sky.
*Leaf Hunt/Outdoor Park Play*
After our Shadow Hunt last week, our friends wanted to go on another hunt this week! We went on a Leaf Hunt to celebrate Fall! We collected a variet...
A new season brings new changes and new experiences!
We went hunting for shadows on our nature walk! We read Lines That Wiggle before our walk which helped spark our hunt! Our friends enjoyed looking for different kinds of lines to trace.
*Outdoor Creative Play*
Thanks to the beautiful weather we have had a never-ending opportunity to explore invitations outdoors! Introducing liquid watercolors to our friends encouraged them to invent new colors. We delved further into shapes by studying circles. We painted cylinder tubes and used p...
After a week break, we are back in the swing of our summer camps! This week we have a tenacious group of ALL GIRLS! We are very excited to have a jam packed week full of art and learning about how we can love ourselves and each other!
We began our week by discussing what being "mindful" means. Our campers brainstormed the following: "relaxing, being quiet, concentrating, closing our eyes, and poses!"
Following our idea session, we practiced some yoga poses to stretch out our bodies. We also learned some breathin...
We couldn't wait to have more fun with our campers!
This summer we attended the University of Tennessee's Early Learning Institute Conference. The conference centered around the ideology of taking children outdoors to experience nature. It was especially centered on the research of Claire Warden and her Floorbook Approach. A class's Floorbook, or in our case a camp's Floorbook, is a tool for documentation in which both the teacher and the students actively participate in its creation....
It's Monday which means the start of a new camp! We were so excited for our friends to arrive at our studio! This week we will explore a variety of sciences and scientists!
We spent our beginning moments coming together. After introducing ourselves we discussed different kinds of scientists and what they study.
Our friends could either draw or write their responses - or have one of us write it for them. We collected our ideas from our brainstorming session in our Floor Book. Throughout the week, we will be adding to our...