Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Light Table

One of the parents in our class works for a company that will Adopt-A-Classroom.  We received a donation   earlier this month and we were able to purchase an exciting piece of equipment to add to our classroom...

 a light table!

I've been reading a lot about the educational philosophy used in Reggio Emilla, Italy.  Much of their work is done through light, reflection, and natural materials.  Light tables are utilized for a variety of purposes throughout the day.

Right now, we're in the exploration phase of the light table.  Since we're studying rocks right now, the kids have been very interested in our rock slices.

We've been using our table to explore patterning with transparent colored chips, see through buttons, and a few colorful beads.

Kids have really enjoyed trying it out, and I can't wait to introduce new materials.  We will be using the table in art, math, science, and free play.  I can't wait to see what we notice when we place leaves on the light table!

Thank you to our Adopt-A-Classroom friends and the parent who made this happen!  Kindergarten is always filled with happiness and light, but now I'd say there is even more!

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