Apr
25

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Our group of preschoolers have been engaging in construction and deconstruction. We have seen bridges, towers, snow-people, and snow hills materialize through teamwork each day.     
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The children have also been very interested in each other's families. They like to ask about middle and last names, and like to list the members of everyone's family.

Our friends love exploring art processes. it is so interesting to observe the different children and how they interpret the materials. Some children stay a long time and use many materials. Others are more minimalist in their approach.  The array of finished products is as fascinating and unique as the artists themselves.  

              

Apr
10

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The curiosity of toddlers in making things move is endless. There are so many things that can be moved but we were mainly interested in the speed! We made different height ramps out of blocks to push toys down. We would watch to see which toys went the fastest and the farthest. For this experience we used cars, balls, a foam block and wooden pieces! The cars won most of the time. We noticed that the small cars went farther than the large cars and the ball went faster than the block. We also figured out that not all toys would roll down like the cars did. Some toys would slide down or not move at all. We wondered why? A child decided to help a wood piece that stopped sliding down the ramp by pushing it using her hands. She commented, "Go down!" By using many different resources we were able to explore movement and speed. 

 

magnets water bottleMagnets can make things move too! Using them has been an exciting interest as well. We have used magnets to move paperclips inside a water bottle and on a cookie sheet. 

Did you know a magnets strength will increase in colder temperatures? It makes magnesium slightly stronger. I think we might have a new experiment with magnets around the corner.

                                      magnets tray

Apr
10

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Our infant program has been exploring paint, so we thought it would be a perfect opportunity to have a paint party.  We set up the room with a variety of tools and materials for the children to explore and express their individual ideas in a creative manner. Being able to paint freely without worries of making a mess inspired the children to open their senses and enjoy.  Silence fell over the room as the children where in awe of being able to experiment mixing colours, the feel of textures and how paint reacted after being mixed. 

One child in particular had a look of pure enjoyment on her face.  She was having a wonderful time as she spread the paint all over her body.  We observed as she sat on the floor and began to paint her foot. While painting she was engaged and focused on experiencing the feel of paint on her toes and feet. Painted feet                                             

 The children left their "prints" in our learning environment and on our hearts that day! ♥ We hope that they will continue to use their natural curiosity to explore the world around them.

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Mar
08

 

It has been a very snowy winter this year. We have lots of snow here at Rideau Heights, but that doesn't stop us! The children have really enjoyed climbing all the snow "mountains" and making snow angels all around our yard. We use shovels to clear a path for our smaller friends. When we are unable to use our yard the children like to bring snow inside to build little snowmen and tiny igloos. 

The Mitten Song by Marie Louise AllenRHTswinterphoto

"Thumbs in the thumb-place,
Fingers all together!"
This is the song
We sing in mitten-weather.
When it is cold,
It doesn't matter whether
Mittens are wool,
Or made of finest leather.
This is the song
We sing in mitten-weather:
"Thumbs in the thumb-place,
Fingers all together!"

Feb
15

During the month of December, the children spent days honing their skills and practicing for our first FCCC talent show. Parents were treated to musical acts, magic tricks and hilarious jokes. Also, for our parents we screened a music video about why we love FCCC-Welborne, the video was directed by and starred their children.

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