The second project that our 4- and 5-day friends are exploring this year at Family Preschool is "Boxes." I love how project-based learning can take such a simple idea like boxes and inspire so much creativity in the teachers, kids and parents! We've seen the kids make such fun discoveries in the classroom through their different activities, and they have embraced the box play enthusiastically.
So far, our children have:
- Shared their own special boxes from home. We've seen treasure boxes, jewelry boxes, and music boxes to name a few so far.
- Played with cardboard boxes of all shapes and sizes and made them into new things. This week, the children turned recycled boxes into a giant birthday cake to celebrate the 47th birthday of Family Preschool.
- Discovered food that can be made from a box, like brownies and pudding. (And what a delicious exercise that was!)
- Painted mailboxes and sent letters to themselves in the mail.
- Packed eggs in boxes to see whether they would survive a fall.
- Gone on a field trip to the FedEx store to learn about packing fragile things in boxes.
- Gone on a field trip to I Must Garden to learn about the shipping process and to participate in a scavenger hunt for the right shipping box.
We have also enjoyed a great number of parent "guest experts" in the classroom. Our experts have visited the class to do special presentations on:
- Sewing boxes
- Electrical boxes
- Tool boxes
- Produce boxes
- Box collections
- Guitars made form boxes
- Putting together pieces to make wooden boxes
- Dog crates
At Family Preschool, we believe that children learn best through experiences that are meaningful to them. As we explore our projects, the teachers work on integrating math and literacy activities in to kids' investigations as a great way to enhance and develop emergent skills in these developmental domains in a natural way.
I can't wait to see what the box project has to offer next, and I can't wait to see what our next and final project of the year will be!
FPS Board President