An offering from Mentor Teacher Laura Freund
What other ideas can you come up with for toilet paper rolls? Make a puppet? Or family of rolls? Cut up and make jewelry? See how many you can stack at once?
An offering for the children of Room 10 from Mentor Teacher Mollie Lyne
First have everything ready :
* Pot for cooking
* 1/2 cup flour
* 1 cup of water
* 1/4 cup cold water
* food coloring
Medium heat on the stove
Put the flour and water in the pot.
Mix it together in the pot on the stove. Make sure to continue stirring to get the lumps out and to make sure it does not burn!
As it starts to stick together, it should start to become a ball and come away from the pot.
Add a 1/4 cup of cold water- slowly- to make it more of a consistency you are happy with. You can add more cold water until it feels good to you.
After it is a good consistency-
Split it into how many bowls you want (this is when you add the colors) - Mollie chose two bowls
Then add the food coloring of your choice.
Start mixing together.
Add more cold water if needed.
When it is done, you are ready to go FINGER PAINT!
Mollie and her roommates chose to set their paper outside, but you can do it anywhere:
* Large paper on a table in the house
* Large paper on the floor
* Small pieces of paper
* large paper outside
Mollie shared that there are many different strategies to use when painting
*paint with one hand
*paint with both hands
*group your fingers to make different shapes
Sleeping bunnies is one of our favorite songs at Boulder Journey School. It has been sung across all of our classrooms for years!
Mentor Teacher Lauren Berry and her sister (Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program Alum) Paige sing Sleeping Bunnies for everyone.
An offering for the children of Room 15 from Mentor Teacher Kendra Porter
The children of Room 15 spend a lot of their classroom time dancing together. They frequently travel through the school in tap shoes.
Their teacher, knowing how much they love to dance together, offered this invitation to create tap shoes at home.
The children of Room 15 have been engaged in collecting trinkets throughout the school year. They have set up spaces in the classroom with containers to collect and systems to organize and study their collections.
Mentor Teachers Kendra Porter and Georgia Morgan wanted to invite the children and families to extend this experience while at home. They found containers in their homes and went on a color hunt. They invited the children to join them on this color hunt.
This strategy offers a different lens for collecting loose parts in the house. Sorting the materials by color rather than purpose forces us to examine familiar objects in a new way. Sorting in a new way also offers us the potentiality to pair materials we might not typically put together.
Other possible lenses for sorting materials:
Mentor Teacher Erin and Resident Guinea Pig Cinnomon Turbo Racer (spelled by children) have invited the prekindergarten children of Room 11 to join them in a scavenger hunt.
They are asking their friends to find three things in their house that start with the same letter as their name. Once the items have been found, the experience can be extended through inviting children to:
An offering for the children of Room 13
Throughout the semester, the children have been interested in obstacle courses. Their teachers wanted to provide a way for them to continue this idea of building at home.
First, documentation from time at school was shared to remind the children and families of work they had done together.
Then samples of smaller indoor obstacle courses were offered in case children did not have access to large spaces or materials.
Families and children were then invited to share their creations virtually.
An offering for the children of Room 11 from Mentor Teacher Laura Freund
"You all inspired me to make my own video! Here I am explaining the steps to make playdough. We made lots of playdough last year and the children are practically experts! Let us know if you make it. Miss you all! <3
The ingredients are: 2 cups flour, 2-3 tbsp vegetable oil, 4-5 tsp. cream of tartar, 3/4 cup of salt, 2 cups warm water, 6-7 drops of food coloring
Directions: Mix dry ingredients together then add wet ingredients and give a quick mix. Put mixture over medium heat and stir for 2-3 minutes or until mixture forms into a ball and thickens. Once this starts to happen transfer to cutting board, knead mixture together and start playing!
If you are lacking in these ingredients some other options for sensory play: hair conditioner/cornstarch playdough (2 cups cornstarch, 1 cup conditioner) or just good old cornstarch and water. Warning: these versions are a little messier."
An offering for Room 15 from Mentor Teacher Kendra Porter
Room 15 loves to move their bodies. One way to do that is through yoga! They have a couple of songs to inspire this.
Here are some videos of Kendra doing yoga so you can engage together at home with Kendra.
In class, they typically sit/stand on a piece of fabric (a blanket/mat would work).
Kendra shared that some children prefer to be mermaids in this next yoga song.
Boulder Journey School is a private school that welcomes over 200 children and their families. Students range in age from 8 weeks to 6 years.