Seashell teachers have been introducing the children to science-based explorations that really serve to provoke their curiosity, and challenge their sensory knowledge. Cooper’s mom Starr came to visit from the LowCountry Math & Science Center and did some experiments with the children that produced really interesting (and humorous) responses from them!
Seashells are very interested presently in “collections.” They started by examining Ms. Stephanie’s son Maddox’s special rock collection, reading several stories about collections, and talking about what items in a collection have in common. Then Sanden brought in his own collection of shiny stones and rocks, happily transferring them from a bag to special display box (egg carton). Then Miss Courtney said, “I have a collection, big collection of nail polish, would you like to see it?” What a big hit that was! The many colored bottles were lined up across the floor so the children could count them (55 bottles!) and each child picked out a favorite color while Ms. Stephanie read out the names out loud, some of which the children thought simply hilarious – especially “runaway diva” (purple glitter) and “bikini so teeny” (light blue). Other favorites were “gold” (glitter) and “cascade cool” (bright pink). Now Miss Courtney has agreed to paint each one of her nails one of the colors the children chose as their favorites and we are waiting to see what other exciting collections appear.
New context for the “Jump, Jump” song – It’s still very early in the year, but our Seashells have already really taken to this favorite gross motor activity that also teaches children the names of their friends. It goes, “Jump, jump…..(child name), Jump, jump……jump, jump….., we’re glad you’re here today. It’s clearly portable, as while playing inside because of rain we realized the ballet barre also gives the children body awareness – the opportunity to watch themselves as they jump (and giggle)