This week is a short week because of fall break. I had to combine lessons and activities from the whole week to make sure we covered everything I wanted to teach. We learned about the letter H this week, so I focused a lot on hats. We wear hats. We did an activity at the beginning where we picked a strip of paper of the color we liked, had a friend get it for us, and glued it onto a big piece of paper. We made a community hat. Mother Goose Time has included community challenges into every day’s circle time. This specific activity teaches students to listen to each other and work together to create a product. These community activities are beneficial in teaching the kids how to be a part of a class.
I did 2 community learning activities today because it’s a short week and I think they are beneficial to the students. The second one we did was a shoe activity. I asked, “What do you do if you find something that doesn’t belong to you?” You give it back! We put our shoes in the middle of the circle. Now, for this game you were suppose to pick up a shoe and find the person the shoe belongs to and give it back to them. But my students were so concerned about someone else taking their shoe. This game lasted for maybe 30 seconds. I decided to skip it after all because the students kept saying, “I don’t want to lose my shoe.” I saw how concerned and worried they were so instead we just talked about how we don’t keep things we find that belong to someone else. We make sure we give other people’s things back to them.
But my absolute favorite activity that we did today was when we tried on different hats and made our shadows on the wall. It was fun to see the students explore with light and shadows of objects. One student came to the conclusion, “If you put the objects closer to the light they are bigger shadows on the wall. If you put the objects farther from the light, the shadows are smaller.” Wow! Real life experiences. Coming to conclusions all on their own. I love when students make conclusions about the world around them and how things work. I feel like that’s when learning happens and those are the lessons they will remember throughout their whole life.
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