Rocky Hill Cooperative Nursery School
Dec 30

I want our students to be thinkers.  At this age, children shouldn’t have to regurgitate facts, but rather be given opportunities create their own ideas and discover new possibilities.



Can you find the children who are painting?

I’ll give you a hint, there are two of them!


The children put paper inside a coffee can.


Then rolled some bells in paint.


The tweezers strengthened hand muscles. Close the coffee can and…what can you do with it?


The children created games with the cans. (This is the only “action” picture I have!) Cans were rolled with partners. Some children shook them to hear if the bells made sounds.  “What if I try this?” Here you can see one being shaken (as she’s talking to her friends) and one being rolled on the floor.  Their eyes lit up when they removed their paintings from the can!

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Dec 07

It’s important for children to pay attention to the world around them, especially things outside that may be taken for granted.  In the fall the colorful, falling leaves are a great learning experience. At this time of year in NJ, evergreens provide the color.

Yes, they’re used as “Christmas trees.” Why?  Because people like to decorate with nature, and evergreens are still “alive.”

This are some of the things we’ve done/are doing with evergreens:

Painting: What effect can you get? Can you create texture? Do all the branches make the same mark?

Some children made copies of their paintings by putting another sheet on top.

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Examining and exploring with tweezers and magnifying glasses.

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Recording observations and thoughts.

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Using pieces of a tree trunk for imaginative play.


What next?  I’m sure the children will think of something!

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