Getting Outside

take a walk in the woods (640x424)One of the joys of the grandchildren visiting is spending time with them walking in the woods or when the weather is warmer, working in the garden. Even though it was cold during the Christmas visit (but no snow on the ground this year), we still spent time in the woods and filling jars with “nature” things that we found.

I read an interesting article about how Scandinavian babies nap outside even when the weather is well below freezing. We lived in Germany when my oldest son was young and I remember the German mothers shopping and taking walks with their babies snug in their warm sleeping bags inside the prams during the coldest weather. Here is a link to the article and a couple of photos of our time outside with the children and grandchildren.

rock pile (640x424)The rock wall is always interesting to explore

woods with steve (640x424)Uncles are great for spending time with nieces

feedng mealworms (640x424)Filling the mealworm containers for the bluebirds

reflection (640x424)Unfortunately a great blue heron found the fish pond this week so not sure how many fish we have left

rocks 2 (640x424)Talk a walk and enjoy all of the great things to see and explore!

Goop!

goop 7 (640x424)As I mentioned in previous post, the grandchildren were here for a visit. One of our projects focused on making slime – another project (a standard for Pre-K teachers) was goop or oobleck. This is another great sensory experience for young children.

Like slime, it is easy to make but a little messy so cover your table or work surface to help in the clean-up.

Goop (Oobleck)

Cornstarch

Water

Liquid water color (Optional)

There are no proportions, that is part of the experience. Pour some cornstarch into a mixing container. Then gradually add water and mix. The cornstarch and water makes a substance that is solid in the dish but turns to a fluid when you pick it up. Again, lots of good messy fun for young children.

Pour cornstarch in container and gradually add water

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Start mixing

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Lots of stuff to do with mixture

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For color, use liquid water colors (available at arts and craft stores)

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Lots of concentration!

goop 8 (640x399)Have fun!

Making Slime!

slime 5 (640x482)This past week our children and grandchildren came for a visit. The granddaughters are three and six years old – wonderful ages especially for an early childhood educator. For this visit, I pulled out some of the sensory experiences that the Pre-K students always loved. The first project was making slime. Just the name is a big hit with the younger set!

For easier clean-up, cover your table or work surface with an old tablecloth or papers. The recipe for slime is easy:

Slime

Equal parts of:

White School Glue

Liquid Starch

Liquid Water Colors or Food Coloring

Pour the glue into some type of container for mixing. Then add an equal amount of liquid starch. Mix with hands and enjoy the slimy experience! For color you can add liquid water colors (available at arts and craft stores) or food coloring.

Great sensory fun and opportunities for vocabulary development.

Here are a couple of photos of the fun. Start with the glue – look for white school glue (not Elmer’s Glue)

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Add equal parts starch and mix

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For added color, use liquid water colors

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Then have some slimey fun!

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Early Education on Twitter

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Do you tweet? Twitter is a quick way to communicate and stay up to date on news, events and other items of interest. If you are interested in early learning, you can follow the school readiness initiative I coordinate, PEAK, on Twitter @PEAKPartners for the latest information on early education for families and teachers.

Click on the “Follow” button in the posts below or search for @PEAKPartners on Twitter. Some of the posts on Twitter this week from PEAK:

Early Education Twitter Updates

PEAK Collage 3 (594x279)Do you tweet? Twitter is a quick way to communicate and stay up to date on news, events and other items of interest. I mentioned in a previous post that I coordinate a community wide school readiness initiative called PEAK.

You can follow PEAK on Twitter @PEAKPartners for the latest information on early education for families and teachers or click on the “Follow” button in the posts below. Some of the posts on Twitter this week from PEAK:

Connect with PEAK on Twitter for regular updates and remember to “Like” us on Facebook.

Early Education Info and Resources

PEAK Collage 3 (594x279)In my other world know as “work”, I coordinate a community wide school readiness initiative. The school district partners with community early learning programs and supports them to improve quality and engage families so when the kids arrive in kindergarten, they are ready for success.

The initiative is know as PEAK (Pottstown Early Action for Kindergarten readiness) and we focus on community outreach, quality improvement, health/wellness, family engagement, and kindergarten transition. We provide professional development, instructional coaching, behavior management support (many three and four year old children exhibit severe violence and aggression), early screenings, community activities and transition activities. Our work is primarily targeted at the three and four year old children in the community and is all supported through multiple grant funding sources.

If you are interested in early education, you may want to take a look at some of our resources.

Facebook –  Like us at PEAK Pottstown

Twitter – Folllow us  @PEAKPartners

Pinterest – PEAK Pottstown

We also have family and teachers newsletters available on our website at www.peakonline.org  or visit the blog at www.peakblog.org.

Take a look if you are interested in early education and share with families or teachers of young children. Thanks!