One of the best parts about Kids’ Co-op is the fun that sand, mud, water, and the different materials in our sensory bins bring each day. For this reason, our families are asked to provide 3 changes of clothing for their child in their backpack including extra shoes so they have the opportunity to put on dry and clean clothes when they are ready. We could probably fill this blog with hundreds of photos as this is a popular aspect of the program- and fun for working parents to photograph! We know that this experience sets us apart from nearly every preschool in Las Vegas and we’re proud that this feature is fundamental to the Co-op day.
Besides getting dirty and wet, what’s the big deal about it? Through experimenting with different equipment in water, sand, or other materials, children learn:
- Hand-eye coordination as they pour.
- That some things sink and some things float.
- Concepts such as wet, dry, and evaporation.
- To compare, observe, measure, predict, and make discoveries.
- Relative capacity of different sizes of containers.
- What happens when you add different item, such as soap or food coloring.
- How to cooperate as they share materials.
Here is a small sampling of our children enjoying this integral aspect of our school:
To explore this concept more in-depth, you can enter the rabbit hole starting here: