This week, we are exploring water. As I was looking back at pictures, I realized I don’t actually have any pictures of us with water. Photo fail! But, we had a lot of fun exploring and playing with water.
We played a puddle jumping game. My student stood at the start line and jumped as far as she could. Then we measured how far she jumped with a paper foot. It was so exciting when it rained later that day and we got to go ouside and jump around in actual puddles. I love when the content I’m teaching can be related to real life. I was teaching about water puddles, and then we got to go play in water puddles! One of my favorite things to do as a teacher is give my students real life experiences. That is one thing I love about the Mother Goose Time curriculum. It teaches students in a fun engaging way that gives them real life experiences. They get to explore and discover things for themselves and make connections to the world, instead of just having me tell them what I want them to learn and what I think they should know.
My students LOVE to tell stories. I think they could both sit for hours and just share stories: book stories and their own made up stories. So, when I saw that one of the activities we were doing was making up a story based on the pictures, I knew this was easily going to be our favorite activity for the week. My girls made up a story about an ice cube that melted in the sun and became a puddle. The cloud picked up the puddle and carried it away. Then, they finished the story by drawing a picture. The end of the story had the cloud letting go of the puddle and then it rained. I was so impressed because in their story, they unknowingly had the 3 states of matter in it as well as the water cycle. I am blown away by what kids can come up with on their own. Then, as their teacher, I can help them make connections.
One of the art activities this week was painting umbrellas. We didn’t use paint brushes though. We used eye dropppers. I filled the eye droppers with water color paint and the girls carefully squirted the paint on the umbrella. They had to be carefull not to sqeeze too hard or all of the paint would come out.
One of our literacy activities this week was reading from the “I Can Read” book. I love having a 5 year old and a 2 year old. It is so fun to see the differences and growth as they learn from each other. This book was really easy for my 5 year old to read. And this book was really difficult for my 2 year old to read. I watched as the older one taught her sister how to point to the words and told her what each word was so she could repeat it and read the book as well.
The next thing we are exploring is dirt. Sounds messy, but I can’t wait!
** 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!