Today started out pretty normal . You know boys pretending to be Ninjas.
Then they wanted to make ninja masks. Well … what does that look like ? What do we need ? Let’s google it.
Hmm. ” Do you have a hole punch ?” Yes ! Yes , I do.
Hey …. maybe let’s not cut the paper while it’s against our face. We might lose a nose 👃🏽 🤷🏻♀️
You are using white paper. Will your masks be white or colored ?
Finally after a lot of measuring , cutting , hole punching , laughing and coloring they did make their own ninja masks !
Yes , we could have just colored a picture of a ninja but instead we became ninjas. This is so much more powerful !!
Great job boys.
Are you confused as to how this is “learning ?” Below I have listed all the Arkansas Early Learning standards this child-led activity met. Wowzers. The kids plan is always better than mine.
MT1. Number Concepts and Operations
MT3. Measurement and Comparison
MT3.1. Participates in exploratory measurement activities and compares objects
MT4. Geometry and Spatial Sense
MT4.1. Explores and describes shapes and spatial relationships
ST1. Scientific Practices
ST3.3 Engages in developmentally appropriate interactions with technology and media that support creativity, exploration, and play
SS1. Family, Community, and Culture
SS1.1 Demonstrates positive connection to family and community
CA2. Visual Arts
CA2.1 Explores, manipulates, creates, and responds to a variety of art media
CA3.1 Explores feelings, relationships, and concepts through imitation, pretend play, and sociodramatic play
SE1. Relationships with Others
SE1.1 Forms trusting relationships with nurturing adults SE1.2 Interacts with peers
SE2. Emotional Expression and Understanding
SE2.1 Experiences, expresses, and regulates a range of emotions SE2.2 Interprets and responds to the feelings of others
SE3. Self-Awareness and Self-Concept
SE3.1 Shows awareness of self as unique individual SE3.2 Demonstrates competence and confidence
CD1. Approaches to Learning
CD1.1 Shows curiosity and a willingness to try new things CD1.2 Shows persistence in approaching tasks
CD2. Executive Function
CD2.1 Focuses and sustains attention
CD2.2 Shows flexibility in adjusting thinking and behavior to different contexts CD2.3 Regulates impulses and behaviors
CD2.4 Holds and manipulates information in memory
CD3. Logic and Reasoning
CD3.1 Uses reasoning and planning ahead to solve problems and reach goals CD3.2 Engages in symbolic and abstract thinking
Physical Development and Health
PH1. Gross Motor
PH1.1 Demonstrates locomotor skills
PH1.2 Shows stability and balance
PH1.3 Demonstrates gross-motor manipulative skills
PH2. Fine Motor
PH2.1 Demonstrates fine-motor strength, control, and coordination PH2.2 Adjusts grasp and coordinates movements to use tools
PH3. Health and Well-Being
PH3.2 Shows awareness of safe behavior
PH3.3 Engages in a variety of developmentally appropriate physical activities
LD1. Receptive Language
LD1.1. Understands and responds to language (in child’s home language)
LD2. Expressive Language
LD2.1. Uses increasingly complex vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure (in child’s home language)
LD3. Communication Skills
LD3.1. Communicates using social and conversational rules