Hi, I’m Denise!
I have been a teacher in the Worcester MA Head Start program since December 1994. I'm using the PEEP Explorer's Guide for the first time and will share my experiences using its STEM activities with my class throughout the school year.
As a classroom teacher, I typically provide developmentally appropriate curriculum, small group instruction and scaffolding. I use a variety of authentic child assessments and maintain ongoing progress reports.The interests of the children and the evolution of their skills guide my lessons.
In 2009, I completed the Education Development Center's science training for early childhood. I have also participated in an Early Reading First grant, which included implementing differentiated instruction in literacy and language arts and supporting preschoolers with language differences.
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This week we didn’t change the color of things. We changed the way we saw those things by looking through colored lenses. I introduced this week’s lesson by reading Ellen Stoll Walsh’s book, Mouse Paint, in small groups. (The book … Continue reading
I am concluding our school year using the PEEP science curriculum. The first thing you need to know is that it is user friendly. A brand new teacher right out of college or a seasoned preschool teacher without prior science expertise will … Continue reading
This was to be our final focused exploration and I very much wanted it to be the children’s own idea. They proposed testing which ball travels farthest. I liked that they wanted a prediction chart, which we’d used in the … Continue reading
Engage, explore, reflect! This week I used the PEEP science curriculum to bring another challenge to our balls and ramps exploration. During our “engage” conversation, I asked a few new questions that I hoped would propel the children deeper into their investigations. … Continue reading
This week the children moved on very naturally from their sliding/rolling concentration to explore more elaborate ramp designs. They began to pay closer attention to the relationship between a ball’s physical makeup and its speed. Where is that blue ball? … Continue reading
We started the week off with the animated video, “The Whatchamacallit”. The children quickly made the connection between the chute the characters slid down and our playground slide. This prompted some further discussion of the difference between “sliding” and “rolling”. … Continue reading
Our new topic is the sixth and final unit in the PEEP science curriculum. The topic of balls and ramps is a lot of fun and appeals to many types of learners, especially kinesthetic learners – those who learn while moving. We … Continue reading
I started planning for this week by looking at last week’s list of things the children still wanted to know about sound. Curriculum that is child-driven often will engage them with a greater intensity than teacher-selected focus areas. Of course supportive … Continue reading
This week we continued our sound exploration by doing more of the activities suggested in the PEEP science curriculum. The children enjoyed using palm pipes to make sounds. After some free exploration with the pipes, we sat down to discuss what … Continue reading