Below are the experiences that ECE students, Melissa and Kelly, observed during the Igniting Inquiries Workshop.
On Tuesday, July 4, Fanshawe College ECE students demonstrated their ability to create various spaces that allowed children to feel empowered, creative and imaginative. Children were encouraged to explore the centres both inside and out. Centres ranged from music, science, construction, dramatic play, sensory, and more! Throughout the day, learning was evident as the children engaged in the centres that interested them.
N (ch) explored the sensory table. He immediately grabbed the cookie cutter and pushed it into the playdough. (July 4, 2017 at Fanshawe College).
N (ch) constructed this tower. He was focused on painting it exactly how he wanted. He then added googly eyes. N (ch) said “I liked building my tower. Look at what I did. I painted one side blue and put polka dots on the other side!”. (July 4, 2017 at Fanshawe College).
A (ch) grabbed the drum sticks and started banging on the pots on the music wall. A (ch) tried his drum sticks on the different sized pots and said “This ones sounds different because it’s smaller”. D (ch) joined him with the stove covers and said “Look, cymbals. I’m that monkey toy that bangs the cymbals together and walks around!”. He then marched around the tree. (July 4, 2017 at Fanshawe College).
T (ch) exclaimed “I’m looking for birds!” (July 4, 2017 at Fanshawe College).
These 2 girls were exploring and identifying bugs. They discovered ants and compared their findings to the chart provided. (July 4, 2017 at Fanshawe College).
The children discovered an ant hill. Ms. Marie (t) said “Wow look at that! Look how big that ant is!”. The child put her magnifying glass above the ant hill. (July 4, 2017 at Fanshawe College).
A (ch) took a small stick and tried to get the ant on the stick, showing her fine motor skills. She had already placed an acorn and a rock in her bug catcher. (July 4, 2017 at Fanshawe College).