Infant/Toddler Teacher at the Burlington Children's Space in Burlington, Vermont. Graduated from the University of Vermont (UVM) with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education Birth to 3rd grade with a Vermont teaching license.
The babies have been investigating a variety of building materials. The children create towers and structures. Some of the materials include, unit blocks, bristle blocks, OJ tops, cardboard boxes, cubes, recycled fishing line spools, and much more. Look through a collection of photographs of the children exploring some of the ways to build!
The children had their first experience making things with real food. We were a bit unsure how it was going to go; eating, mouthing, drool, boogers, but then… The children were really excited about this new opportunity to explore food in a different way. They helped add each ingredient and even got a little taste! All of the elements provided a sensory experience.
Sound: the food processor Sight: ingredients Taste: nibble here & there Feel: each ingredient in their little hands Smell: the aroma of fresh garlic and cumin.
The added benefit of eating hummus that they created themselves is always a very rewarding experience as well!
As a class we enjoy engaging with media that leaves a mark. One of the sensory options that we have offered to children is painting. Through this experience the children have been able to maintain freedom in making their own discoveries and creating new learning opportunities. As teachers, we have strived to provide meaningful opportunities for every participant.
Some children like to have a full-body experience using all of their senses, others take on a slower approach, while some prefer to observe others engaging in the activity. This is why we offer several approaches for children to allow for discovery making and whole body engagement while at the same time responding to the needs of the individual.
This child sits on the canvas looking around at the wet blobs of paint. He puts both hands out in front of himself and gets on all fours. He stands up cautiously and slips on the paint falling onto his bottom. He tries again, this time successfully standing up with a great big smile. He takes a step forward onto the paint and slips, but catches himself. He swivels his body, continuing to be very careful not to fall. Another peer, grinning with a face full of paint, lays on his belly just outside of the canvas. He watches his peer very intently with each step he takes. The child continues to walk back-and-forth on the canvas creating footprints and smear marks.
Small group activities provide meaningful opportunities for children to communicate with one another leading to the development of diverse communication skills. Using gestures and sounds to communication with one another. This is a very exciting time to spend with the children as everyone responds differently. Children encourage, observe and learn from one another furthering their artistic development.