Category Archives: Discovery/Nature Center

An encounter with a feather leads to unexpected problem solving…

Our lunch room supervisor surprised us yet again with a beautiful gift.  She brought us some turkey feathers that she found on the ground at a local fall fair.  Thank you so much for thinking of your Kindergarten friends Miss … Continue reading

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An Encounter with Nature fosters Collaboration

Fred the Rainbow Flower “Its kind of like a sunflower but it has a rainbow middle.”

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Provocation allows children to translate their thinking…

  Materials are set up for the children begging a response. Will the materials beckon the children to use them? A.M. explains that this is a different kind of snake that is eating poison cherries and it makes him a … Continue reading

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Our encounters suggest the addition of new materials

“A” was exploring with the new materials and said that he had made a star.  “A” shares what he knows about stars, he says that “it has these” (pointing to the tips of the shells) and “stars are in the … Continue reading

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As we begin to encounter materials…

One of the children in our class asked if he could bring a stick into the classroom…next thing we knew, we were all out in the school yard collecting sticks!  The children enjoyed exploring. One group of friends worked together … Continue reading

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Natural Materials provoke Memories of the Toronto Zoo

O.G. was working hard in the Discovery Center one morning.  I approached her and asked her what she was doing. O.G.:  These are the babies swimming in the pool and the adults are standing all around.  There are lots of … Continue reading

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Do you see what I see?

The children collected several natural materials from the outdoors during nutritional break.  They sorted and piled leaves according to colour and shape.  Upon arriving into the classroom, a small group of children worked on making individual creations with the materials. … Continue reading

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