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Blue Gum Montessori Blackheath  is a very special place that provides a contemporary Montessori Nature-Play preschool learning environment of the highest quality.

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Look what we prepared today. These delicious strawberry treats are in the food dehydrator tonight and should be ready for us tomorrow morning. Yum! 🍓
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Digging for dinosaurs, shells and stones. The children worked hard as archeologists to uncover the treasures that had been cast in the sand and plaster mix last night.
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"Tell me about this"' was the opening line shared by a child holding a picture of a bridge made of arches. "It's a special bridge made of arches", replied the teacher. "See that shape, it's called an arch. Would you like to make one?".
"Yes, yes", replied the child.
Together the teacher and child build the Roman Arch. The child asks to remove the scaffold with the help of the teacher. The child's hand rides the teacher's hand 'piggy back style' then when he sees it's not going to collapse he pulls it out the rest of the way by himself.
An excited squeal of delight is shared as the scaffold is removed. The child looks in awe at the self supporting arch. He walks his fingers through the arch then declares "this is the doorway to a labirynith". #labirynth #doorway #otherworlds #arch #threshold #bluegummontessori #montessori #montessorikids #montessoriathome #science #experiments #scienceweek #blackheath #bluemountains #parenting #children #explore #discover #imagine #play #curiosity #eylf #preschool #preschoolteacher ##earlychildhood #teacherlife #scienceexperiments #children #parenting #kidsactivities

This child works out how to propel the caterpillar walker. She spends a considerable amount of time perfecting her technique then excitedly exclaims "Look, I can do it!". She then travels up and down the pathway for a good half hour.
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Today some of the children found some fine roots in the sandpit. The children pulled the roots out and spontaneously washed them so they could look at them with a magnifying glass. .
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Awe and wonder are natural states of childhood. Science for little people isn't necessarily about concepts but more about awe and wonder. It's about curiosity, investigation, experimentation and discovery. This experiment involved putting these sweet smelling Jonquil's in coloured water and watching the flowers change colour. Some children come up with the theory that the flowers were drinking the water up and that's why they changed colour. They were right, it's a demonstration of capillary action but this wasn't a concept we needed to mention to the children. It's more important at this young age to bathe in the wonder, awe and curiosity. The scientific explanations are for when they are much older.
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When we talk about 'germs' to children it's a fairly abstract concept. Today we did an activity where we looked at a laminated drawing of hands. Alima then talked about how when we touch surfaces we pick up germs and drew germs on the hands. Some of the children added the comment that they get germs from 'picking their noses' so we drew some germs on the finger tips. We then talked about washing our hands with soap to clean off the germs. We talked about washing our hands before we eat and after using the toilet. To demonstrate this process we used a hand washing timer to indicate how long we needed to wash our hands for and the children scrubbed the germs off (drawn in whiteboard marker) using a whiteboard rubber. There was great excitement as the children saw the germs disappearing before their eyes. "Look! The germs are gone", exclaimed the children. "Now we can eat our food".
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It's science week and we're so excited about experiments and making discoveries. Here we are testing things from nature such as rocks, shells, stones and sticks to see if they will sink or float. The children love predicting the outcome and then classifying the objects.
Science is so much fun!!.
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Learning the names of fruits and vegetables as we discover whether they sink or float when put in to water.
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Discovering addition of numbers 1-9 that add up to10 with the 'addition strip board'. .
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Preparing dinosaur digging for tomorrow. 7 parts sand, mixed with 1 part plaster of Paris and water to make a slightly wet mix. We used recycled plastic trays, filled the bottom with the mix, pressed in the dinosaur, then buried it in mix. You need about 1cm of mix on top of the dinosaur. Dry over night until hard. Then to dig out we leave them in the container and scrape with a paddle pop stick, brushing sand away with a make up brush ( or paint brush). See the post from last week of an earlier Dino-digging experiment.
We will show you how it goes tomorrow.
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