Spacefaring Sam: Overcoming the Vacuum

Space unit day 4:  What Sam Needs is a Spacesuit  We tried using playdough instead of fidgets today to keep their hands busy during story time.  This worked very well.  They stayed focused on the stories, and we ended up reading twice as many books as usual.  After circle time, I pulled out the vacuum … Continue reading “Spacefaring Sam: Overcoming the Vacuum”

Spacefaring Sam: The Unforgiving Vacuum of Space

Space Unit day 3:  Space is a Vacuum  AKA:  Whoops, I accidentally traumatized the children  I usually set out fidgets on the table for the kids to play with while we sing songs and read them stories.  Today though I figured I’d change it up.  Instead of fidgets, I pulled out trays and a box … Continue reading “Spacefaring Sam: The Unforgiving Vacuum of Space”

Spacefaring Sam: Rocket ships

Space Unit day 2:  What Sam Needs is a Rocket Ship During circle time, the kids were engaged and excited about the books and songs.  Normally, Leslie plays guitar while we sing but this time Maya asked if we could get out the instrument box so everyone could play an instrument.  We pulled out the … Continue reading “Spacefaring Sam: Rocket ships”

Spacefaring Sam: Trapped by Gravity

Space Unit day 1:  Trapped by Gravity After our usual start to ‘circle time’  – singing songs and reading stories, I pulled out a sheep puppet and introduced him as Sam, a new member of our class.  The kids were enthralled.  They jumped up and ran over, giving Sam hugs and welcoming him.  We always … Continue reading “Spacefaring Sam: Trapped by Gravity”

More to do than can ever be done

The universe.  It is large.   As far as my conception of it goes, it is infinite.   It is infinite in size, in complexity, and in depth. Fractals. Repeating patterns in every direction, each line stretching to infinity.  And ideas. Those are infinite too.  There are an infinite number of ideas we can explore, and … Continue reading “More to do than can ever be done”

Exploring Excess

“A little dab’ll do ya!” Most of the preschool teachers I’ve worked and volunteered with used this catchphrase, or something similar, in their efforts to guide young children in their use of glue.  A little dot of glue is adequate to secure a square of construction paper, or a googly eye.  Using more is wasteful, … Continue reading “Exploring Excess”