This month’s theme from Mother Goose Time is: It’s A Small World. We are going to travel around the world learning about exciting places like The Grand Canyon, The Great Pyramids, The Great Wall of China, and many more!
This week, we talked about getting ready to travel. I started off each day by asking the students a question:
- “Where would you go, if you could go anywhere in the world?” Most of them said, “A hotel room.” Okay, okay. But where is that hotel room located? Once I asked that question, I started getting some good answers like: the lake, the beach, and Disneyland.
- “What would you pack in your suitcase?” I got a lot of blank stares and realized that maybe they didn’t know what a suitcase was. So, I explained that if I were traveling somewhere, I would need to bring clothes (Shirts, pants, underwear, socks), shoes, maybe a hat, sunscreen (if I’m going to be outside), etc. Suitcases hold these items so we don’t have to carry them with our hands. I showed the students a suitcase. Most of them said, “Oh! We have one of these!” One little girl said, “I have never seen that before.” Haha.
- “Have you ever been on an airplane or boat?” My own daughter, who has been on several plane rides and a few boat rides said, “No, I have never done any of these.” Hmm… Later on in the lesson she exclaimed, “Wait! I have been on a boat. I remember now.”
I love asking students questions like this to get them thinking about past experiences as well as questions they might have about the topic of the day. In my experience, those students that have questions will usually learn for themselves the answers as we explore the new topic and do different learning activities throughout the day.
Today, we learned about cameras and actually made prop cameras to help us capture all the things we are going to see this week.
I loved watching the students go around the room and pretend to take photos of the preschool classroom. I love seeing their minds work and how they connect what I’m teaching into real life situations. We talked about why we might want to bring a camera with us while we travel around the world. I mostly got answers like, “To take pictures.” I think by the end of the day, they understood that cameras help us capture images that we are seeing so we can look back at them later and remember what we have seen and where we have been. We are excited and ready to travel to our first place: The Grand Canyon.
** I receive curriculum from Mother Goose Time for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 3rd year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Mother Goose Time!