- February 23, 2018
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Educators at Murray House infants have created a new dramatic play corner with some new resources. Dramatic play enhances social development and encourages friendship through collaborative play. Lots of children showed interest and engagement with resources from the adult world. Educators were fascinated to observe how caring and nurturing the children were with the dolls as they fed them and put them to sleep.
Part of the Murray House philosophy is that it is not only important for children to feel that they belong, but are also important participants who are involved in the curriculum decisions. For example, this week, the children were challenged to participate in the process of play dough making, where the importance of measurement was brought to their attention. At the same time, they were also asked to observe the results of different ingredients being mixed together. The children performed most of the steps from the recipe (which was written and illustrated in an appropriate manner), followed by application of kitchen tools such as spatulas, and different sized baking trays and tins.
It was also an exciting week for the children, as the mud kitchen was re-opened. Educators introduced mud as a medium to be manipulated with pretend cooking along with the collection of natural collections of objects valued and found in the physical environment.
At Johnson House Toddlers children have been enthusiastic participants in music experiences: singing, playing percussion instruments and playing the tapping sticks. In small groups, children had a variety of the opportunities to build on their existing interest and skills in music as they played the tapping sticks together. The children played different songs, such as, “One, two, tap your shoe”, "Tap up High", “If You Happy And You Know It”, “A Ram Sam Sam”, “Tap Your sticks” and many more. The children confidently played the sticks in a variety of ways to make music. For example, tapping them, rubbing them and drumming with them on different objects.
The children are very eager to participate in music experiences in the daily program. Educators will continue to offer these experiences for the children daily. The tapping sticks promote the children's aural development and introduce them to music concepts such as loud and soft, high and low and fast and slow.
Intentional teaching (educators being deliberate, purposeful and thoughtful in their decisions and actions) is a strong element of the Johnson House Preschool program. Educators set up a drawing space to encourage the development of literacy and pre-writing skills through the topic of dinosaurs. Figures, images, and fossils have been provided to help facilitate this, and educators have been supporting the children during this activity. The children's interest in dinosaurs led them to select the dinosaur they wanted to draw from memory, and through using the provisions offered. This activity helps to develop drawing skills, fine motor control, and overall confidence.
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