Place Based Preschool Winter 1-Animal Adaptations

place based preschool winter 2013 014I am thrilled to work with children to expand their experience with two things I am passionate about:  nature and creativity.  Every session we explore together through play, investigations, art, and stories.   The place based model helps children feel a sense of place by connecting and learning about the world around them.  That can mean the natural world, their local town, the local bird population, or anything around them.  The plan with the preschool sessions is to gather once a season to explore a topic within our “place.”  I also enjoy asking the children to interpret what they learn through art (inspired by Reggio Emilia philosophy.)  I have so much fun that I want to keep the experience; hence, the blog!  The blog includes post from the place based sessions or other ways and ideas to share an appreciation for nature and creativity.  Enjoy!

place based preschool winter 2013 015The children arrived for our next session that is centered around “Life in the Winter”

They enjoyed some of the centers as they got to know each

other:  snow table with animals and tracks, light table, snowflakes, books, etc.

“Let’s pretend that the moose is walking through the woods.”  Caleb

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“Let’s make the snowflake with colors.”  E.B.

place based preschool winter 2013 017Then we learned about animal adaptations with the help of Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.  This is the migration circle where she wears a backpack to symbolize migration.  Others had  a down jacket to symbolize active animals, a pillow for hibernators, and an alarm clock for dormant animals.

place based preschool winter 2013 019Our investigation begins with pelts, stuffed animals, and etc. from Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.

place based preschool winter 2013 020place based preschool winter 2013 021The children were invited to sketch the animals and decide what is their most important body part to help them in the winter or survival.

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