Preschool has started, and I have so many ideas to share with the kids this year. Our theme for the year is “All About Me and My World!” This year’s big project will be an interactive iPad book created by the kids and teachers. More will be posted about that in another post. During September the kids are learning about themselves and their families. Gao, Laoshi, our Chinese teacher has been using the wooden doll house and the panda family to give children vocabulary about their families and homes. I wanted to take pictures of the doll house furniture for the iPad book, but found many of the pieces missing or broken. So, I went to the store to get some new furniture. Unfortunately the store only had plastic furniture. However, the store had these magnetic tiles in clear colors that would be perfect for the light table. I could’t resist them!
The tiles were introduced to the children Monday morning during center time. They were a BIG hit, and the kids loved them! It was amazing to watch the children explore and build with the tiles and to hear all the language being used to describe their constructions. Children were building houses, towers, pizzas, and just putting pieces together like a puzzle. One boy was creating birds and making them fly. Not on the light table, but still he was using his imagination.
In addition to language skills the tiles have the potential to teach science and geometry concepts. The kids were learning to build using trial and error and making hypothesis of what will and won’t work as they created. There was also a lot of team work happening. I may have to purchase some more tiles to create more elaborate structures.