With shorter days and less time to play outside, the preschoolers have been introduces to new activities in the classroom. The wooden building blocks have been added to our free choice selection as well as some large floor puzzles and foam alphabet puzzles.
Puzzles also provide many benefits for children as they develop.
Hand-eye coordination: Develops a relationship between what their eyes see, what their hands do, and how their brain relates this information.
Emotional/ social: Learn patience and are rewarded when they complete the puzzle.
Small motor: Small and precise movements, such as the movement of fingers to get a puzzle piece in exactly the right spot.
Shape recognition: Looking for triangles, squares and circles and seeing the outline of a empty space.
Problem solving: Either the puzzle piece fits or it does not and you have to go back to the drawing board.
Children use critical thinking skills to solve puzzles and build strategies. So take out some puzzles and have fun with your children on these cold autumn nights.
Halloween and the Day of the Dead have also consumed our attention in the classroom. Students have been working on following 4 step picture instruction cards to complete a Halloween scene and they have been decorating a skeleton for Dias de Muertos. And ask them to recite for you a poem they have learned called Halloween Cat!