I asked the kids what kind of lines they knew of. At first they drew straight lines, but then started to expand the types of lines they made!
We read some books and watched some videos on YouTube that showed us different lines and also gave them names.
I put out provocations for them to explore lines in many different ways and see what they noticed and what connections they made. I put out invitations for them to use lines to make letters, shapes, designs, pictures and numbers:
They are doing activities to build strong finger muscles to help with handwriting and explore lines at the same time! Our clay is quite hard and they have to work it to soften it up. Plus, manipulating the pipe cleaners helps work those fine motor skills!
Through this simple inquiry, the kids are much more aware of the different types of lines and how to make them. They are recognizing them in letters, shapes, numbers and pictures. So far, I am seeing an improvement compared to previous years in their names as they try to form the letters the correct way. More are pulling down vertical lines rather than pulling up when making letters but for some this is a hard habit to break! We will keep working on it in developmentally appropriate ways and we will see as the year goes on if this knowledge of lines will help them with the common core standard of writing letters correctly!
Here are some other things the kids have been doing in our room during this inquiry!
Dots! We celebrated International Dot Day and celebrated creativity! Ken Robinson said that creativity is as important as literacy and I cannot stress enough how true that is! Employers want creative and critical thinkers so these skills need to be emphasized! Here are some pictures of some invitations to be creative and our final display of creativity!
In Literacy, we have been focusing on letters and letter sounds. They have been using their names and the names of their friends to help them to recognize letters and their sounds. The invitations at the beginning of the year focused mostly on exploring letters and names.
Working lavender into this play-dough also made this a great sensory experience as they used it to explore letters and try to spell their name and friends names.
They have been working on the concepts of print as they learn letters and sounds through letter books. They have been practicing starting in the right place, pointing to the words and going in the right direction when they read. When they partner read, one is the reader, the other is the helper so they have to listen and watch closely, then they switch roles.
In math we have been exploring numbers counting objects and matching them to the number.
We also have been exploring measurement.
In math we are also exploring shapes and their properties.
In science, they have been working on looking closer, wondering and documenting what they notice. I set out invitations for them to explore and practice these skills.
It has been a very full first month! It is amazing how far the kids have come! Stay tuned to find out what the kids are creating for our math area!