I have been slack with blogs posts but with very good reason…
Frederick Rowan (aka Freddy) joined us on April 2nd.
He is a joy to us all and much loved.
The flowers love him to pieces.
Thanks to Carolyn of CueLife Photography for the wonderful photos of our beautiful boy. A photo shoot with our newborn and his two big sisters was made stress free by this talented photographer!
Just one more gorgeous pic:
Light tables and light play ideas are as popular as ever! With great new products and ideas the options are endless. I have been asked what to do with the light table or panel and my answer is always “The options are endless!”
Light tables/panels/pads can be used:
- to explore materials for opacity, transparency, translucency (science)
- to add an extra sensory experience (make regular activities that little bit brighter)
- to enhance art (painting, drawing, tracing, printing, colour mixing)
- to enhance language activities (using letters to make cvc words, practice sight words, recognize names)
- to enhance math activities (sorting, counting, shape exploration)
- exploring and observing anything (science experiments, nature, mirrors)
We got the opportunity to play with this great Ultra Bright LED Light Panel from Quality Classrooms. It is beautifully bright without being too much. Light weight and portable means you can quickly set it up anywhere in the classroom. If you don’t want to invest in a large light table, a light panel or pad is a great option. It measures 18-3/4″ x 14″ x 1/2″ which is good size for little hands and bevelled edge makes the light seem almost magical.
I set out Light Table Numbers and gems from the Manipulative Kit for the Light Table and let Daisy play.
She organised the numbers in order and sorted the gems by colour.
Rose was also excited to play!
She was more content to enjoy the feel of the gems and the colour, letting them slip through her fingers and drop gently onto the light panel.
Remembering to use the light table for variety of structured and unstructured activities is important. It never fails to add to the activity.
Here are some past activities where the light table has added dimensions:
Light table colour bags to practice letter formation.
Sorting fruit by colour and working on that pincer grip.
Counting with transparent chips and sorting by colour.
Open-ended play, with the First Look Light Table Kit
For more ideas check out our Pinterest board here.
We refer to our laminated wall map at least a couple of times a week and have completed activities using it including Where does our food come from?
We find having a map close to the dining table means we can refer to a country or town named in the news or general discussion. This helps Daisy in particular, locate an area in the world and often helps us increase our geographical knowledge.
We have noticed that locating the continents are still a struggle so an activity that focuses just on continents was needed.
Rose loves puzzles and will sit for an hour doing puzzle after puzzle. Referring to the box for help is a new concept to her and she enjoyed matching puzzle pieces to the picture on the front of the box.
Learning to complete the outside of the puzzle first, is a reminder I often give when I can see frustration beginning. This puzzle is aimed at age 6+ but with Daisy`s help Rose was able to participate too.
Standing on the world!
When the puzzle was built we identified each continent and talked about some characteristics and countries within the continents.
The World Map Floor Puzzle has 33 pieces and covers 2 x 3 feet when assembled. It is made of sturdy card, is easy to clean and includes an illustration:
I can see this being copied and used as Daisy’s geographical knowledge develops. The puzzle is available from Quality Classrooms and another option is the Canada Map Floor Puzzle if you want to focus more locally.
What ways do you teach geographical knowledge and understanding?