Exploring the Ocean

We have had so much fun exploring ocean life this month. We are learning so many things about animals that live in the ocean.

One of our favorite lessons this month from Mother Goose Time, was learning about and pretending to be scuba divers. The art activity for this lesson was to make a mask and flippers.

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This art activity was not so much an art activity, but more of a fine motor skills lesson. The students had to cut little slots into the flipper paper for where their feet should go. This activity was a little more challenging for my younger student. She needed a lot more help and support. I had to cut the flippers out for her because I didn’t want her to accidently cut the edge and then she wouldn’t be able to use them the way they were meant to be used. My older student did great. She needed a little help starting the cut since it was in the middle of the paper, but once I made the first cut, she was able to do the rest.

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For the masks, the students had to tape the blue cellophane where they wanted it to go. They decorated their masks and I helped them attach the string.

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Once our flippers and masks were completed, we pretended to explore the ocean floor. We pretended to find fish, whales, dolphins, octopuses, jellyfish, and many more creatures under the sea. We also pretended to explore the beach and found sea shells in the sand. We used these sea shells to write letters, numbers, and pictures in our sand box.

Once the students found all the sea shells in the sand, we used the sea shells to play, “Would You Rather?” This is such a fun game to play with preschool students. It’s fun to hear them explain why they chose what they did. It is also a great way to teach students to have their own opinions and help them find their own voice.

Me: “Would you rather meet a shark or a sea sponge?”

Student: “I would rather meet a sea sponge because I think sharks are scary and I don’t want to meet one…. What’s a sea sponge?”

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The last activity we did for the day helped us to continue working on our fine motor skills: puzzles. We worked together to create a puzzle.

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I love working on puzzles in a small group setting. This gives students the opportunity to practice their communication skills as well as helping them practice working together with a partner to create something. These are two very important life skills.

 

** 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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