PROVIDING EXCELLENCE IN EARLY LEARNING EDUCATION SINCE 1986
Our Big Ideas!
Want to extend your child’s learning at home? Here is a brief update on each room’s big idea.
The children in the Innovation Room have
begun exploring Earth during the Mesozoic Era.
They began to wonder things like "Why aren't
the dinosaurs around any more?", "Are there
dinosaurs in the ocean still?", and "Did dinosaurs have birthdays?". Through this inquiry we have discovered dinosaurs roamed the Earth over 200 million years ago. Some dinosaurs were carnivores, meat-eaters, and some were herbivores, plant eaters. Some walked on two legs, while others walked on all four legs. Some had horns and spikes, others had thick bumpy skin, and some even had feathers. Birds are the closest relative to a dinosaur that we have. It is believed their extinction came about because of changes in the climate they couldn’t adapt to. Fossils represent the remains or traces of once-living dinosaurs and provide us with information to make inferences about dinosaurs. The Innovators decided that to better understand dinosaurs we should first act like Paleontologists and study fossils and the causes of the dinosaurs death. As we set out to make our own fossils, construct and erupt volcanoes, and
create our own dinosaurs, we hope to learn
the answers to our questions.
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After returning from our break
over the holiday, the children in the Wonder Room began expressing
interest in outer space! They
began to speak about stars, planets
and rockets. We had a ramp with marbles set up in our room from before the break and the children’s language made a shift from rolling, fast, ball and racing to planets, Earth, and moons when they interacted with the marbles. At the atelier, children began drawing pictures of Earth, the sun and the stars. We began to create centres for the children to further explore. We set up a sensory bin filled with black gravel and laminated stars that contained letters, numbers and emotions for the children to search and find, we built a rocket ship with a control panel made with old computer parts for the children to engage in dramatic play and a variety of art projects to create galaxies
and planets of their very own!