Wednesday, May 4, 2016

5 Ways to Use Mirrors


Mirrors are great tools in the classroom. Check out these mirror activities on Stimulating Learning with Rachel.

And here are 5 ways to use mirrors in your classroom.

1. Draw Self-Portraits
We use mirrors to look at our faces and then draw what we see.



2. Create a Reflection Table
A full-length mirror on a table creates a fun spin on different activities. Check out the ideas on Teach Preschool--Reflection Table (Teach Preschool)



3. Paint on It
You can use shaving cream and paint clouds (Happy Hooligans).

Or use paint - indoors or outdoors (Kids Activities Blog).



4. Use Them for Science Explorations
Reflection and light explorations (Little Bins for Little Hands)

Explore shapes and patterns with a mirror box (Imagination Tree)


5. Add Them to the Blocks Center
Stand a mirror against the wall so kids can see their buildings from all sides.

Lay a mirror on the floor and build on it. You can even add rope light with blocks and mirrors (Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds).

Mirrors, foam blocks, and wooden blocks (Inspired Montessori)


Of course, you can use them in the dramatic play center, to look at yourself in different types of clothing.




Monday, May 2, 2016

Our Wants Vs Our Practice

from "Are We Preparing Students to Be Chefs or Cooks?"

Sometimes when you put out materials to make signs and posters, you get eye patches instead. And that's the way it should be. Kids' spaces should allow for experimentation and exploration if we want creative, innovative kids.