This month’s new theme is Nature Detectives. Oh how I wish the weather was nicer here in the summer so we could spend all day outside. But, unfortunately, we are still under heat advisory. Any time the weather is over 100 degrees, we are advised to stay in doors (understandably so). I allow my children to be outside for 10 minutes before I force them to come inside and cool off. Their little faces are bright red after about 10 minutes.
This first week is all about exploring trees. My girls are very excited to learn about trees. We pulled in some of last month’s learning and we talked about what animals might make a tree their home. We had fun going outside and examining the trees in our yard and neighborhood. My girls decided that birds make nests in trees so that must be their home. We made bird feeders with pine cones, peanut butter, and bird seeds.
The girls were excited to hang the pine cone on the tree. They watched from inside to see if any birds would land on their pine cone. We never saw any birds actually eat the seeds off the pine cone, but we did have a few more birds in our yard then we normally do. My girls told me later that they took the leftover bird seed and scattered it across the yard. That’s probably why there were so many birds in the yard.
We discussed some things you can do with trees. You can build with trees. Wood comes from trees and you can make a lot of things out of wood. Mother Goose Time sent connecting links in their box this month for us to explore with. My older daughter was excited to see what she could build with them. She made letters out of the links and wanted to try to write her name with the links. My younger daughter took the links and immediately started sorting them by color. I tried to prompt her to connect the links and make something. But, she told me she couldn’t make letters like her sister until they were all sorted. It is so fun to watch my girls and their two totally different personalities.
This is one of the many reasons why I love using Mother Goose Time’s curriculum. Learning materials can be used in multiple ways. The activity was to connect the links and build letters, but my daughter wanted to do another thing with them (sort by colors). Both of the girls were playing with the links, practicing a skill that they needed to practice, and they were having fun doing it!
One last activity we did this week was a shape matching game. We used the tree poster and matched foam shapes to the poster. I made my daughter tell me what each shape was as she placed it on the poster. This was an awesome learning game that she wanted to play over and over again.
Next week, we will explore air. We can’t wait!
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