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All About Maps

The boys and girls of TAS Preschool have been investigating maps and what they’re all about.  We started this curiosity with maps when we were doing our International Week.  We began using our classroom globe and the students wanted to know more about what was on the globe, how to find things, etc.  So we started from the beginning this week, learning about what a map is, when we use them and how we make them.  As an assessment for their knowledge on the subject, we asked the children to go home and create their own map of their bedrooms.  They did a great job.  What they didn’t know was that we would ask them to sit in front of their peers and give a talk about their maps.  While it did make some of them nervous initially, I was so proud to see how great they all responded to the challenge!  Check it out!


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Learning Through Play

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Taking Control

In the old days a teacher was supposed to be the main focus of a classroom and children were expected to sit & listen in order to learn.  This is an outdated and incorrect model for educating young minds.  Using their five senses and natural curiosity as driving factors, a play-based concept is the best way for them to experience, understand and remember interactions with the world around them.  Check out examples of this below!


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Learning & Re-Teaching to Friends / Journal Writing

Believe it or not we are STILL opening new education tools from our Lakeshore order earlier this year  (SO MANY GREAT EXPERIENCES).  This week we’ve been learning how to use three new learning sets.  The first is our “Three Little Pigs” Maze.  The children can either free-play with the enclosed items, or set up elaborate mazes / houses based on cards that come inside.  There is also the “Goldilocks” game which deals with building and creating different types of furniture.  The kids are able to test the weight and tensile strength of different objects!  Really a very cool learning opportunity for them.  We also have a new memory / organization game that involves insects & spiders.  You can see Tom working to organize some of it down below.  Last but not least, there are some photos from our journal time in the morning.  The children use their hand-eye coordination and writing skills to copy a phrase from the board after their morning work is finished.  Each student is assisted as they need it during this time:  working to stay in the lines, create correct forms for their letters and use a comfortable & successful grip-style.



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Thai Milk Tea

TAS Preschool’s country for international day was Thailand.  We wanted to create something to share at our booth and decided on Thai Milk Tea.  Together the children completed all of the different steps to create their very own green tea flavored milk tea to share with the rest of the school.  Awesome!


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What is this? “X-Ray

During the 2nd semester we here in TAS Preschool will be working to improve upon the English language base we began building in semester 1.  We have a wide-range of language abilities in the classroom; ranging from fluent, native English speakers to 1st time English speakers.  This type of distance between the ranges means that an open-discussion or investigation activity will allow all of the children to speak if they feel comfortable or observe when they are not.

One of these such activities will be titled “What is this?”

“What is this?” will revolve around the teachers presenting the children with an object, photograph or thing they may not all be familiar with.  We will then speak about and observe whatever this thing is, listening and learning together.  This week we began the activity with Ms. Emily’s MRI scans, which we called X-Rays.  The kids curiosity was peaked after they realized how much different they looked in the Sun.  Take a look at some of the kids conversing about the images.

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Christmas Show Photos

Here are some photos from last year’s Christmas show!  As you can probably tell from the shots the children were given control of taking the photos for most of this event.  🙂

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