Introducing Meditation to the Classroom Introduce the concept of meditation and mindfulness to Preschool and Pre-K students. The benefits gained from learning concepts of mindfulness at a young age can open the door to understanding strong emotions later on. The goal is a sense of mindfulness and self-awareness to the classroom through exercises like controlled breathing and practicing thankfulness. Meditation in Curriculum The tools that Preschoolers and Pre-K children gain from learning meditation will assist them in learning to calm and relax their bodies inside and outside. As a … [Read more...]
Arts & Crafts – understanding the difference
Arts & Crafts are often grouped together as a fun, learning experience for children. However, they do NOT mean the same thing. To understand the difference, it is helpful to think of art as open-ended with no clear outcome and the focus is on the process. In contrast, crafts have a goal in mind and are typically teacher- driven. Both arts and crafts offer different learning opportunities. Arts Art provides a creative outlet for children. There is no "right" or "wrong" way to do it. Children can use materials that they choose and want to use. "The goal is the … [Read more...]
Science isn’t scary!
Children are scientists from the moment they are born, using their senses to observe and gain knowledge about the world around them. - RIELDS Many adults feel that they aren't "good at" science or that it is "too hard." Not true! Children are naturally curious about the world. Anyone who has spent time with a young child has heard the question "Why? Why? Why?" Help foster that curiosity by turning them into scientists. Let children experiment and find out "what happens if...?" Give them room to explore and find the answers. Ask silly questions and do an investigation to find out … [Read more...]