Machu Picchu

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!

February is a little bit of a shorter month for me, so, I had to combine days and rearrange how I teach certain things. I am not following the order that Mother Goose Time suggests. And that’s okay. And it’s STILL easy to plan and prepare for each day. That’s the great thing about this curriculum. I can take what they sent and teach it exactly the way they send it in that order, or I can use what they send and make it work for me and my students from a month to month basis.

Today we traveled to Machu Picchu. The students gave me their boarding passes, which was the name tag activity from the first day, and we got on the airplane. I kept the name tags so I can use them each day as a boarding pass as we travel from place to place.

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I showed them on the map where we were traveling to. They were very excited! We talked about plane etiquette. One of the students said, “Don’t we get a snack on airplanes?” I guess she has been on a few plane trips.

Once we were in Peru, I stamped their passports. I showed them a picture of Machu Picchu and had them draw a similar picture in their passports. Most of them just scribbled, which is fine. They are still learning how to hold their crayon correctly and coordination, as well as putting marks on the page where they want them to go.

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We decided it would be fun to recreate the city of Machu Picchu. The students got to work creating buildings and towers with blocks.

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Last week, we made cameras. I kept those cameras for us to use throughout the month. Each time we travel to a new place, the students “take a picture”, or draw a picture of something that they saw while we were in that new place. Some students tried to draw Machu Picchu again (like they did in their passports). Other students drew grass, people, and different buildings that they pretended to see. Again, writing and pictures at this age might be as elaborate as them using more than one color and multiple shapes or as simple as them using one color and drawing lines on the paper. It depends on what stage they are in their writing. Once their pictures were complete, they pretended to go around the room and take pictures of the things we saw in Peru.

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While we were in Peru, we learned about masks and what people might wear masks for. Each student got to make their own mask. We also played a few literacy and math games at the ruins of Machu Picchu.

I am excited to travel to the next place and make some more great things.

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** 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!

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