African Beads

This week has been so much fun learning about African life. Today we talked about African beads. We started off the day doing the community challenge. Mother Goose Time has included community challenges each day. These are activities that get the kids to work together to create or build something. I have loved these activities. They have brought our little class closer together as a group. We have learned to work together through these activities. Our community challenge for today was to each help make a beaded necklace. Throughout the day, we passed the beaded necklace to each other. By the end of the day, each member of the class had an opportunity to wear the necklace.

The next activity we did was practicing making patterns with beads. This was a fun activity. The students had fun picking out their beads and making a pattern. They followed the “Bead Designs” chart to make different patterns. Then, they picked their favorite design. They made their favorite pattern at the end of this activity and I let them turn it into a bracelet to take home.

For our phonics lesson we practiced making words from the ‘-it’ word family (bit, hit, sit, fit). I taped the ‘-it’ card to a roll of toilet paper. I rolled up all the single letters so they would fit on the tube. The students took turns picking a letter. Each of them practiced stretching the word and blending the sounds. I was impressed by how many of them were reading the words. This is the 5th month of us working with word families, and they are getting good at sounding out the words. This activity was fun, engaging, and the students were practicing reading words.

The last thing we did was make our necklace. We talked about the necklaces in Africa and how the patterns and the colors might represent something to the person wearing it. We made our necklace with a paper plate. I was a little worried about the students cutting a hole out of the center of the plate, so I did this step for them. Each student cut a single slit for an opening so they could get the paper plate around their necks. The students decorated with markers, crayons, and dot paint. I love dot paint. It is so easy to use. Plus, it seems to dry faster than when we use regular paint. The students love their necklaces and they seemed to enjoy this activity a lot.

We had so much fun today playing with beads. Next week is the last week of our “Going on Safari” theme. We will learn about beetles, flamingos, watering holes 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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