Thursday, October 25, 2012
Rock and Roll
We thrive on structure and routine. Sometimes it doesn't always happen, but on days like today when we forgo that trip to the store for hot dog buns and just cut those (organic, of course!) hot dogs on the plate, structure is possible. After nap, the transition can be hard for everyone. Mommy might still be working on something, and the little ones might still be a bit sleepy. Filling the kitchen table with fun activities, usually eases the transition.
Here's what our table looked like today:
Our activities were very simple, but I pulled out an old favorite of mine: putting rocks in water and observing the change. I could have used the science journal that we keep to make it even more meaningful, but I was on a mission to finish a project today, so the girls were on their own to rock and roll. It's a self-guided lesson for the most part. The only instruction that I gave was to observe the rock before and after it was wet and to see if she (Ana) noticed any differences.
When Addie woke up, she joined right in. I only had to move the rocks and add a towel, and she loved it.
After they had been playing for a while, Ana announced, to my delight, that she would now have a rock collection. I wanted to encourage her in her science interest as much as possible, so I provided her with a lovely purple box (What luck! I had the color she wanted!), and now the rock collection resides in her room. She checked on the rock collection before dinner, and then she even prayed for the rock collection. Maybe tomorrow we will draw the rock collection in her science journal. Some of the rocks are fossils too, so we could even try rubbings. The possibilities to extend the learning are endless!
While all of this rock play was going on, I made three magazine and sketchbook holders from recycled cereal and cracker boxes, and I organized the arts and crafts cupboard and still was right there to interact with the girls, ask questions, and answer questions too!
Tags: rock, rocks, water, observe, science, nature, activity, preschool, toddler