• Provide spray water bottles to care for plants or create sidewalk art.• Place child-safe tweezers or tongs, small malleable items (sponge pieces or pom-poms) and numbered sorting containers (ice cube trays or muffin tins) in the math center.• Provide spring-loaded clothespins in the housekeeping center to hang doll clothes and costumes or in the science center to sequence picture cards on a line.• Add small child-sized paper punches to the art center.• Provide small tops to spin in the fine motor area.• Display cards, coins, or buttons on the floor, and encourage children to turn them over.• Put a manual eggbeater in the water table to create bubbles with dish washing liquid.• Provide plastic eyedroppers for art projects or science experiments.• Place finger puppets in the library/listening center.”
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John Spencer is an author of such books as Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Own Learning.
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I love the quote about teaching with a scripted curriculum, and am curious to know who the John Spencer you attributed it to, is.