I am so happy to be back in school today . Yesterday I was in Little Rock for the initial meeting of the new Arkansas Professional Development Steering Committee. I was one of about 20 people in the room that represented school based pre-k, the Department of Education, school principals , DHS, higher education facilities , out of school network and several others. I was representing family childcare in Arkansas. What an honor to be included ! As happens many times, I was paired with someone that had a less than favorable opinion of family childcare. There were a few eye rolls and negative comments until finally I explained in a nice and hopefully professional way, what family childcare is. Sigh….. I am not a confrontational person but I do have passion about what I do and how I do it and sometimes just have to stand up for myself. I did. It was not a fun day.
Today we talked about the sense of touch. We use our hands to learn so much about our world.
I have a sensory board that we explored and enriched our vocabulary but using words like rough , smooth, bumpy, soft and hard.
We played a game sorting things that are soft and hard.
We made homemade flubber. The kids really enjoyed this. Flubber is a mixture of glue, water and borax. We actually watch the liquid turn to solid as we mix. Sometimes our cooking experiences are not edible. We measured and poured and stirred.