Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Our new light table

Some of you may remember when I visited a reggio school a while back. I am piece by piece adding a few of the elements of those rooms to my room. I loved the sense of wonder they create. This is a light table. I had it made. It was EXPENSIVE. Not as expensive as in education books, but still... a little high. But so worth it.

Light plays a very important part in our lives. The whole gamut of colours can be changed by light." Yuri Lijubimov, The Hundred Languages of Children, Reggio Emilia

We will use our light box to explore light on many things. Today we started with these building circles. I think it is beautiful. There are three rules : 1 Only 2 children at a time. 2. Not standing on it. 3. No banging on it.

Can you see this awesome collage that Whitlee put together by cutting and gluing. Not only do I have the best behaved children, but brilliant and creative as well!

Don't you hate it when a holiday is over and you find an awesome decoration you forgot to use. I do too! Monday I found another box of Halloween teaching aids. I put a few out anyway. Cards are a great tool for teaching counting and number recognition. I think I got this deck at the dollar tree. It is self correcting. They guess the number and then can count the pumpkins to see if they are right.

These are some pictures from yesterday...

If you enjoy reading these post, please comment ever once in a while so I know you are still there. :)



  1. I'm still here!

    I think you are going to love the light table. There is always someone at ours...everything is cooler with light shining through it! And the possibilities are endless!!

  2. Thanks Bev! i am looking forward to it. If you know of extension ideas, please foward them my way. I am excited!

  3. Just so you know, I check the blog religiously everyday around 3 to see if you have posted a story or pictures of Audrey. Not to mention I like to keep up with what she is learning about so we can talk about it later :) So even though I may not comment, you definitely have a dedicated reader!

  4. Thanks Beth.. great practice for next year!

  5. I check about twice a day! (So does my sister and mother!)

  6. Thanks Ellen ! I didnt know that your mom and sister check it. I will have to make sure I post more pictures of Anna. As a grandma myself, I know how that just makes your day!

    And.... aren't they early ed people/ teacher?

    yikes...I feel the pressure.. :)

    Anna's grandma and aunt - if you ever have great ideas for me, please send them along!

  7. My mom is early ed and music ed, and my sister Sara actually JUST got a job working with Special Education in the public schools (in Washington State.) I actually had no idea that Sara was reading the blog until one day she said, "Anna was so cute going to the park the other day!" It's a new world with technology.