Archive of ‘Play-based Learning’ category

Roots+Wings: D Week

We were all about Dogs, Ducks and Dinosaurs this week at Roots+Wings Playschool!  Please enjoy this photo summary of our day!

Invitation to Play



(The dinosaur station was a hit. The kid’s dug through the sand for the dinosaurs, did a dinosaur puzzle and looked through a big dinosaur book.) 


(Children read some duck books and practiced counting the cut out ducks. The pocket chart was added for a bit of motor practice.) 




(I love when a mom picks up a book to read to their child and two others flock over for a quick read
!) 
Read Aloud & Mini Lesson

(After our hello song, we read Go Dog Go. I can hardly handle Ella holding the doggie and my sweet little helpers.)

 

Main Activity

  (The playschoolers were all given a balloon as their “doggie” to walk. They raced around the field walking their puppies. Then the large stuffed doggie came and we collected leaves to make a cake for him. After making a little pile, we sang Happy Birthday to him and he gobbled up the leaf cake.) 

 

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Photos by: Ashlie, Mama Bear Upstate Birth Photography

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Roots+Wings E Week

E week with Roots+Wings Playschool was my favorite week so far!   We learned about eggs this week.

Please enjoy this photo summary of our day!

Main Activity

(After some reflection and thought, we decided to do our main activity before our invitations to play so the kids could get the wiggles out. It was so much better. The children went on an egg hunt. In each plastic egg there was simply a little leaf, stick, rock, or acorn. A goal of Roots+Wings is to engage children in observing the gift of nature. Parents were encouraged to work on helping the children cross the midline of their bodies by shaking the eggs in a diagonal.) 

Read Aloud & Mini Lesson


(The playschoolers are getting the hang of our morning greeting. I love that they are learning each others names and wave as they sing our hello song.) (We read The Golden Egg this week. I mean, aren’t the illustrations absolutely adorable?)

 

(We sang Head Shoulders Knees and Toes and, of course, enjoyed doing an interactive Humpty Dumpty Song.)

Invitation to Play



(The playschoolers had the opportunity to read Humpty Dumpty, play with the little characters and build a block wall for the poor little egg) 

(We practiced cracking and directing hard boiled eggs this week. The children loved the sensory experience of squeezing and separating the egg.) 

(We practiced filling, shaking and listening to plastic eggs with various pieces from nature. My favorite part was watching their little noses crinkle when they smelled the herbs. This is also a great way to sneak some fine motor practice in.


(Our painting invitation was to use tongs and clothes pins to pick  the pom poms out of the paint. The children then dot painted cut out eggs. This was more about fine motor than art, but the children loved this one.)


       

 

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Photos by: Ashlie, Mama Bear Upstate Birth Photography

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Roots+Wings: C Week

C week was a hit at Roots+Wings Playschool!   We learned about chicks and caterpillars this week.

Please enjoy this photo summary of our day!

Invitation to Play


(Very Hungry Caterpillar play station. Play food, a stuffed caterpillar and some books. Simple and fun was to bring the book to life.
(We added some foam letters and little letter tiles to the book. The children playfully matched the letters that they found with letters within the book. Some found the letters in their names. There was no goal upon putting the letters out, just an invitation to explore their shapes) 

(Caps for Sale Sensory Play. The sensory bin was full of sand, monkeys, large plastic coins and mini hats. The children loved the monkeys most, of course!) 

       (Simple cloud drawing and exploring with chalk… but really foot tracing and chalk eating because… Toddlers!)
(We had a super special invitation play.. baby chicks! One of our families works at a farm and brought in these sweet little friends for the kids to hold.)

Read Aloud & Mini Lesson

(Welcome Song with the sweetest little helpers then a quick reading of Very Hungry Caterpillar.)

(We placed our names to make a quick playschool caterpillar.)

 

Main Activity

(We then played hide and seek with the caterpillar in the big field to get some wiggles out. They ran, ran, ran and cracked us up with their hiding “skills”.)
(We finished up our day with some caterpillar play dough molding… Ok and can you even handle how beautiful pregnant  Camilla is? We are so excited that we will have a mini Roots+Wings student soon!)

 

Thank you for joining!   

Photos by: Ashlie, Mama Bear Upstate Birth Photography

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Cookies With Cops

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Greenville Sheriff Office! Thank you for your service to our community and your kindness to our children. We are grateful for your time, efforts, knowledge and commitment to keep our families safe.

 

What a gift today was to have an officer read our toddlers Brown Bear, Brown Bear and share your morning with us.

 

Thank you for your compassion and generosity. 

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