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Colored vision

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

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My year with the PEEP science curriculum

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

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Focused exploration: Which ball rolls the farthest?

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

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Balls and Ramps

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

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Further exploration of balls and ramps

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

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Slide vs. Roll

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

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Intro to balls and ramps

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

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Focused exploration of sound

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

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More sound experiences

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

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Exploring sounds

This week was an open exploration week with Sound.  I found that I referred to the PEEP science curriculum more than usual.  I really like its simple definitions of timbre, volume and pitch. These ready definitions helped me simplify my explanations for … Continue reading

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