One of my favorite things about teaching preschool is how excited the kids are about learning. It doesn’t really matter what they are learning as long as they are learning in an interactive way. Last week, we did some fun activities while we investigated air.
One of our first activities we did was make a hot air balloon. This was my student’s favorite activity for the week. We talked about things that float in the air and then made a balloon. After we made the balloon, she went to the play center and grabbed some figurines and put them in the basket. Then she pretended that the dolls were going on a hot air balloon ride around the room.
I love that she gets to explore her imagination and creativity by pretend playing. It’s a skill that these preschool students need to learn.
Last week we also did two matching game activities. The first one was matching pictures to the first letter in the word. I had to help a lot, but it was fun talking about each picture. She would tell me what the picture was, how it is used, and then I would help her hear the beginning sound in the word.
The second matching game was flipping cards over and trying to find the two cards that were the same. My preschooler did awesome. I was pleasantly surprised when she would flip over a card and say, “Oh! I know where the match is… I remember. It’s right here!” And then she would flip over the card that was the match.
One last activity we did this week was a writing activity. It was too hot to go outside, so we looked out the window and drew things that we saw. The picture below is of my student drawing a tree. She is not that great at drawing, but I love that we were practicing holding the crayon correctly and drawing lines. It’s not something that you always think as being an important skill to learn, but it is crucial in being able to write later. I love that she gets the practice, even if it seems like she’s scribbling.
One of the things that I love about using Mother Goose Time’s curriculum is the variety of activities that are used to teach concepts as while as the variety of concepts learned. The preschool standards can be intense. There are a lot of things they need to be taught. But, Mother Goose Time helps expose the students to so many of these concepts (if not all of them throughout the year) in a fun way. In just one week while exploring air, we reviewed letter sounds, letter recognition, vocabulary, played memory games, learned new numbers, practiced fine motor skills, used our imagination to create something, and played together. We still have a whole months worth of play and learning to do and we are excited about it!
** 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!