Friday, July 21, 2017

STEM Challenge! Egg Drop!

First, what is STEM? STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math. It's definitely the new word on the street because of our tech rich society and the lean towards the science and getting engaged early.
We took tons of ideas from our parents, students, and teachers to see what they thought would work to keep their egg safe from breaking. The children had a blast with this experiment , and it really is an all ages experiment. Thank you parents, for all the great ideas! All the eggs made it through the fall! You know what that means! Pizza Party!

We think a diaper will cushion the fall!
Maybe a beach ball full of pop corn and "lucky charms"!
Our idea is to have a parachute over the box!
The parachute has to work!
This egg is safe!
The suspense is getting us!
We used so many different types of supplies!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Science Experiments!!

Science experiments are stimulating, hands-on, and sensory rich for discovery and exploration!! We are introducing basic science concepts through fun and visual experiments such as this Celery Experiment. It requires just a few items and is a fun way to teach children about how a plant absorbs water. This process is called Osmosis. We will learn how plants absorb water using colored water and celery stalks.
Have you ever tried making music with glasses or bottles filled with water? We did our own experiment with this! We made special sounds by turning glasses of water into instruments, make some cool music and to find out how it works.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Science Play Time!

It is so important to focus on playing with children to create amazing experiences that encourage discovery through play, asking questions, exploring and using creativity to solve simple problems. Amazing experiences turn into unforgettable learning experiences that can inspire and motivate children to want to lear and explore more on their own.

I like playing in oobleck! Is it a solid, liquid, or could it be both??
Making slime is so much fun! I can't wait to touch it!
Have you ever seen holographic slime?
We are watching crystal rocks grow!
We are learning about light and dark! My shadow has teeth!
My shadow is an alligator!
My shadow is a mermaid! 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Science Week!

We have Mr. Bond the science guy here to start our science week off with a bang!
Children learn best when they're involved in the learning. This means getting to ask questions and have discussion, and it can also mean letting their interest guide planning. Children need their senses engaged! Hands-on science activities let children do just that, giving the kids a chance to engage multiple senses. Children learn by doing! Hands-on science encourages the children to do something- observe, ask questions, touch, smell, experiment. Allowing children to really get into science gives them the chance to make discoveries on their own. They'll be more likely to remember a learning experience if it's just that... a real experience.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Everything Is Adding Up Here At AOHV!!

We have found that young children are, by nature, curious about math. Math becomes real to young children as they use it by talking, reasoning, playing, and doing. We have a better understanding of how preschoolers' early exploration of math helps them make sense of their world and what kinds of instruction and practice are needed to help them build new skills and deepen their knowledge.

"Letters look different than numbers"

"How many bugs do you see"?
Hopscotch is a great way to play and learn numbers!
We're making play dough numbers!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

"Pi Day"

Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making fun snacks! Thank you to all the parents who participated in "Pi Day"! I knew I loved Math for some reason! HAHAHA!
I have to mix one cup!
I have nine cookies and one big smile!
I'll take one piece and have five left!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Math Week!

To many adults, the word Math and Play have absolutely nothing to do with each other. For many of us, math was a torture, something we had to do, and something we didn't understand and couldn't do. Play on the other hand is something we love. Young children are learning math all the time through a wide variety of play experiences. From the time they are born, babies are surrounded by sense impression. Shapes in particular are of immediate importance: babies react instinctively to the arrangement of shapes which make up the human face. At the Academy children have many opportunities to enjoy and learn Math through Play.

         We are putting patterns together with
           different shapes, sizes, and colors.
We love counting with the peg boards!
We are counting with colored bears!
How many bears do you need?
I like putting the green bears on mine!
Pete the Cat and his four groovy buttons!
It's so fun to sort and count the pom pom's!
How fast can you count them?