We are definitely still in the process of learning how to make the best use of our new light table. This week’s invitation to play was a big hit, though!
The students started by filling the little bowls. They talked about how many glass beads fit into each one, and even engaged in a discussion about whether each bowl would hold the same number (5) or if they could get more beads to fit. The bowls were the same size, but the beads varied a little bit. It was so exciting to hear the preschoolers compare the beads and decide which ones would be the best to use. Without directly teaching capacity, our preschoolers were deeply engaged in an exploration of capacity. That, my friends, is playing to learn.
After all ten of the plastic bowls were filled with beads, they decided to stack them like blocks to make a tower.