The ability to identify basic shapes is a skill that is often used to check for developmental progress. Shapes exist in familiar places such as books and puzzles. But, they also exist all around us if you just stop to look. That is what our friends in the three year old classes and the Pre K classes discovered. To initiate the conversation about shapes, I presented a piece of paper with printed shapes. I asked my friends to tell me what they saw on the page. Each shape was identified; heart, square, circle, rectangle, and triangle. Next, I asked if shapes can be found anywhere in the classroom. My friends offered a variety of answers including.......
|squares on a rabbit hutch|
|an oval shaped egg|
My friends went to our garden to search for shapes. Individually, they slowly walked through the outdoor space looking at parts of the building and plants to see if they spotted a shape. And they did!
|a heart shaped leaf|
|One friend drew a triangle after seeing the scored pattern in the concrete sidewalk.|
One friend brought laughter to the group when she proclaimed, "look, a bagel in the water".