We started our new theme this week from Mother Goose Time: Winter Wonderland! It has been so much fun learning about snowflakes, snowman, and more.
We start off every month by practicing our names. We write and trace the letters of our name on a name tag. This month was a little different because we traced our names with glue and sprinkled glitter on it. We called it our “snow names”. One student even commented that the glitter looked like sparkling snow and she was so excited to write her name in “snow”. We live in a hot climate where it rarely snows for the winter.
We did a snowflake craft. Since snowflakes are all different, the students were suppose to arrange the craft sticks themselves and glue them together to make their own unique design. We practiced arranging sticks together to make unique snowflake designs, but instead of gluing those together and painting them, I had the students paint snowflakes that I had already arranged and glued together. I was worried that the white glue wouldn’t dry well, so I hot glued the craft sticks together. The students didn’t seem to mind. They had fun arranging craft sticks to make snowflakes and they had fun painting the snowflake I already had made for them. And of course, after we painted the snowflake, we sprinkled it with glitter!
I also glued some string on the end of the sticks to make it an ornament for their Christmas tree.
Math is a huge part of the day in preschool. We use a lot of manipulatives to learn. Mother Goose Time sent snowflake manipulatives to use this month. The student are having so much fun with them.
While we were exploring and counting our snowflakes, one of the students discovered that she could make a triangle with 3 snowflakes. Then, after all the students made triangles themselves, another student said, “I can make a triangle in a different way.” And then, she did it!
I realized that the students had to know a few things in order to be able to make triangles out of the manipulatives. They had to know that triangles had three sides, and they had to know how to connect those sides together to get a triangle. Oh, I just love manipulatives!! I feel like the students learn so much from actually getting to handle items (that resemble toys) and moving them around to arrange them in a certain order that will teach them a concept. You can teach and learn so many concepts using manipulatives. For example, just to name a few, you can teach counting, patterns, colors, size, sorting, and so much more!
I recommend using manipulatives every day with your students. You will find that they will be more engaged in the lesson and catch on a little quicker to what you are trying to teach.
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