Exploring Dirt

This was our last week with the exploring nature lessons. We explored dirt and I actually remembered to capture a picture of them playing in the dirt this time.

One of our topics this week was about animals that live in the dirt. The art project for the day was to finish the hedgehogs quills. My students used a porcupine ball to make quills on the hedgehog. They also explored using their fingers and paintbrushes to finish the hedgehog. I love having them use different materials to create their art. It helps them explore their creativity and helps them discover that things don’t always have to be done the same way.

We played a game called Ant Races. This was great practice for number recognition (if you use a die with numbers on it), one-to-one correspondence (if you use a die with dots on it), counting, and practicing taking turns (which is difficult for a three-year old.) We love games sent from Mother Goose Time because they are fun, engaging, and the students practice a skill while playing.

The following morning, my girls decided that they wanted to be the teachers. So, they put all their play dolls in chairs and pretended that those were the students. I helped them teach the dolls and they pretended to answer the questions for the dolls. One of the activities for the day was making puppets and acting out a story. I handed out puppets and the girls helped the dolls act out a story as I told it. It was fun to watch how excited they are about school.

One of my motto’s for my preschool is “A life long love of learning starts here.” I can feel my students love for school in the activities we do each day. My girls decided to play school on thier own later that day. They got to be the teacher and I helped the dolls “speak”. It was fun to see what they had learned as they taught their dolls. They truly love to learn new things and I can see it in their attitude each time we do an activity. I can see it each time a new topic is taught and they ask meaningful questions. I can see it in their excitment to play a game that teaches a skill or concept.

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Our next month’s theme is Fables and Folktales. We will be starting that sometime this week!

 

** 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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