K-9 spent a week honoring Mom! Look how much effort all these kiddos put into making a beautiful plant for Mom! Now Mom's know why we may have come home a mess last week!
Room 7 has been practicing our expressive writing skills using the First Authors Curriculum. Our students are given 30-45 minutes a day to write about a topic that was voted on by the class. As a group we "brainstorm" about the topic then get 15 minutes to free write. Then, every Friday, we host an "Author's Chair" where 3 lucky students are chosen to come up and sit in our specially decorated chair and share about their favorite writing passage from the week. During this time, the other students are also able to practice their active listening skills by asking questions and commenting on the the writing passage. Check out our proud authors and listeners below!
What is SYMBOLIC PLAY? Symbolic play is the ability of children to use objects, actions or ideas to represent other objects, actions, or ideas as play. A child may push a block around the floor as a car or put it to his ear as a cell phone.
At around 8 months of age, as their symbolic thinking develops, children become familiar with objects, actions, and ideas through observation and exploration. An early example of symbolic play would be a child making noise with their baby toys by banging them or shaking them. As the child shows understanding of the object’s use, he may pick up a comb and touch his hair.
At around 18 months of age, children begin to engage in pretend play and use one object to represent another, like drinking from an empty cup or pretending to feed a doll. A toddler’s play is much more connected to imagination, with sticks becoming boats and brooms becoming horses. Their play is mostly solitary, assigning roles to inanimate objects like their dolls and teddy bears.5
Preschoolers, from ages 3 to 5 years, are more capable of imagining roles behind their pretend play. Their play becomes more social, and they enjoy make-believe play. They assign roles to themselves and others involving several sequenced steps often with a predetermined plan, like pretending to be at the doctor’s office or having a tea party.
Floortime strategies for helping children build symbolic play:
* Identify real life experiences your child knows and enjoys
* Respond to your child's desires through pretend play
* Encourage role play with dress up, puppets, etc.
Kerkstra 22 joined Kerkstra 7 to welcome spring by visiting the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago. We enjoyed a variety of exhibits that were both interactive and educational! Students learned about how the Darkling Beetle and Box Turtle moves and feels. They loved seeing the living animals, fish and bug collections, as well as the real taxidermy exhibits. "Mysteries at the Marsh" and "Butterfly Haven" were a couple of favorite exhibits!!! Students explored the Green House area and discovered how to care for the environment within our own homes. Lastly, we took an outdoor nature walk on the perfect spring day!!