This is a little story from “Mimi’s preschool” collection of stories I wrote based on my own experiences. (there are little tips incorporated).
One morning at welcome time…..
Mimi was talking about the weather.
“Look out of the window what can you see? Is it sunny today? You tell me…”
“I see a rainbow shouted Susie”.
On the wall. “Oh yes” said Mimi.” I see what’s happened.” The sunlight is shining through the plastic ruler and the light is making rainbow colours on the wall.
“Okay everybody let’s go over here and see if we can make some rainbows. “[ fabulous way of reinforcing the names of colours.]
Sit down on the floor that’s it. “Look Susie take a piece of paper and the ruler. Hold the ruler, see the colours dance on the paper – well done.” ” Okay Pete your turn”. Pete was delighted, all the children got to have a go and giggled happily.
Mimi told the children a little about how the light bends [refracts to make a rainbow] not too much information because you don’t want to lose their interest just little gems of knowledge they might absorb.
Sometimes when the Sun comes out after it rains we can see a Rainbow.
Well done everyone we made some fantastic rainbows. Okay everyone back to your seats we will say our poem for sunny day…..
the sun is like a big round ball
shining in the sky
it gives us lots of heat and light
it makes me want to smile
by michelle woodswaldron ©2014
extension of this …….
Place a plastic ruler propped up on windowsill – have a sheet of white paper underneath. this means that there is always a chance that more rainbow colours may shine through for the children to spot. you don’t have to draw their attention to it – see will they notice.
You may also consider purchasing a prism to show the children[ under adult supervision]