During morning meeting today, we noticed there were lots of similarities between some of the pajamas. We found many different ways to sort the class. Today's impromptu sorting (based on noticings of the students) was a great example of ECE's Standard 13: Classification (Groups objects by one characteristic; then regroups them using a different characteristic and indicates the reason).
What things can you sort at home? What do you already sort that your child can help with? (Laundry, silverware, toys, etc). Take a moment next time your child is sorting to tell them that's what they're doing- you can even make it a game by changing the rules. (All the socks together- Now all the blue clothes together- Now all of your clothes together!)
Dear Moms and Dads,
We’re running out of materials to build robots. Please send more materials.
· Boxes (all sizes)
· Buttons (and metal buttons)
· Tubes from toilet paper and paper towels
· Plastic lids
· Bottle caps
ECE and Kindergarten are collecting donations of pants (specifically size 4-6). Please send in CLEAN pants clearly labeled as a donation (and not your child’s extra clothes). We are also looking for donations of both boy and girl underwear (new) in the same sizes. We appreciate any donations (and you can bet our kids do as well!). Thanks!
We are excited to see that our Robot Workshop (previously known as our Studio) is encouraging many long-term projects. When a student is able to return to a project over many days, they are working on many important qualities, such as attending and engaging (11a) persisting (11b), and demonstrating positive approaches to learning (11e). These are all necessary skills as they get older and progress academically.
Because the students are spending so much time on these robots, we are able to ask them to think through their choices in a deeper way. What their robots do and don't do, how they move and perform tasks, and what each part on the robot does are all questions the students are excited to answer, but also encourage higher level reasoning and thinking.
"It must not be forgotten that the basic law of children's creativity is that its value lies not in its results, not in the product of creation, but in the process itself. It is not important what children create but that they do create, that they exercise and implement their creative imagination." -Lev Vygotsky