This has been a fun month of learning with Mother Goose Time’s curriculum theme: Going on Safari.

This past week, we learned about some animals we might see while we are on a safari. One of those animals was the Zebra.

I think the Zebra is one of the most interesting animals. Their stripes are unique and no two zebras are the same. It seems impossible that every zebra could have a different pattern of stripes. But, when we did our “Community Challenge” activity it was easy to see how this is possible. I had the students get a paper and a crayon. I told all of them to draw their own stripe pattern on the paper. After we all did that, we put our papers in the middle of the circle and compared them to each other. Every stripe pattern was different. There were a few papers that were similar, but they did not look the exact same. I grouped those papers together and we talked about how the ones that are similar might be family. We also talked about how we all have similarities and differences. A lot of us in the class have blonde hair. But, we do not look the same. Some of us have big eyes, and some have small petite noses. We are not all the same. We are all unique, just like the zebras. It’s important to celebrate those differences and be proud of who we are.

We made zebra puppets! The students have really gotten into puppets lately. Almost all the art activities have turned into puppets. I try to let them be creative and give them very little instructions with their art. I will throw out some ideas for the younger ones, but for the most part, their art is their own creation. For the zebra art, I told them to use the chalk to make unique stripes on the black zebra paper. ALL of them wanted to tape a stick to the bottom to make it a puppet after the stripes were drawn on. They turned out cute! The students got out the play stage and took turn putting on a zebra puppet show. I love how much conversation was going on between the students while they were putting on their puppet shows. The performers were interacting with the audience and the audience were being good listeners.

One last activity we did with zebras is build letters using loose parts. There were zebra striped loose parts in the bag to use for this activity. We have been learning S and R. The students worked together in a small group to create the uppercase and lowercase S and R. I have loved teaching literacy using loose parts. The students are having fun with it.

I love how excited my students are each day they come to preschool. They love learning and they love playing. It’s fun that I can have them learn through play and that I can use lessons that are engaging and meaningful.

Next week, we will explore flamingoes, beetles, the watering hole and more.

** 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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