• Tearri Rivers

Name Your Own Island: Civics and Economics in a MultiStage Classroom

Our June Summer Camp 2020 Theme is Treasure Island provided by Experience Early Learning. I am able to offer activities for ages using the Experience Club curriculum that focuses on elementary children's social-emotional, and academic needs, which makes it a perfect fit for an multistage early childhood program.

Making and naming your own island activity was a hit. They were so interested in learning more about islands, especially for the preschoolers when they realized they could name their very own island after them.

This child and I made the island together pictured above, he asked me to draw the grass and then he took off. I love partner work, especially when asked by the child. We learn tons together whenever we do by seeing each other's different perspectives.

The elementary children had a grand time creating their own islands, and naming them. But..

The interest came alive for them when asked what are the rules on your island. Experience Early Learning incorporates civics and economics in many ways for the elementary child, and let me just tell you they love it. When the child first wrote his rules it was quickly done. After he read my rules, he decided to rethink his rules. My #2 rule was No Boys Allowed! Needless to say, he did not like that rule. We have had so many meaningful conversations in regards to fairness since this activity was introduced.

Arrrrgh! Welcome to Number Island where the pirate eats numbers for snacks. The original game was to roll a dice and collect the numbers and then add. This Number Pirate was building really big numbers. Please do take his love of numbers seriously if you arrive on Number Island.

"What do you think boats are made of ?"

Building Boats and testing them was/is something that they also enjoyed doing as part of week's one Treasure Island:Setting Sail, STEM LAB. Experience Early Learning for Experience Club, offers one Big Question, versus the STEAM STATIONS that have more than one question in the preschool curriculum.

We also managed to successfully get through a round of Row Your Boat as an entire group, after many failed attempts. We did it! Setting Sail week also gave us a lot of flexibility to turn indoor activities into outdoor ones and we appreciated being able to do so.

As an Experience Early Learning Blogger, I receive the Experience Early Learning Preschool curriculum in exchange for honest and authentic experiences. As always, my opinions are 100% my own. #preschool #familychildcare #EELblogger

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