I don’t feel like I necessarily learned a lot of new things while I was there, but it was very affirming. We have very similar philosophies on a lot of topics, and it is always nice to cross paths with folks who share your love and concern for the children and those who work with them. (I did pick up a great resource book, a book on finger plays, and 5 new cds! All of which are being heavily used!)
One thing that Bev encouraged us all to do right away on Monday was to set out some supplies and let the children mix…..
Cups of Oil
food coloring (optional)
Those of you who have attended my science workshops know that we like to do this with alka seltzer. I didn’t realize that it works so well with table salt! You might want to make sure that you set out a thick layer of newspaper or a drop cloth. I didn’t, but it does make quite a mess.
Give each child a glass jar to experiment in. Glass jars are real, and children will take care when using them. If you use plastic ones, they may be too cloudy to see what is going on. Allow the children to do the experimenting. Let them pour. (Remember that most children will not yet be able to conserve, so plan for overflows…)
Give them small cups or containers of oil. I used baby food containers and had them sitting on the table with all of the the other supplies.
I also had bowls of table salt sitting out. Some of the children poured the salt in, others added it pinch by pinch.
It was a great day for mixing, why don’t the oil and water mix…. I know…. it is because we need a spoon. We need to stir it up!