This week has been really cold and rainy. We were planning to do a field day this week, but because of the weather, we decided to switch lesson plans around. So instead, this week we are learning about going to the doctor, growth, strength, balance, and rest.
It was so fun to listen to the kids tell us about their trips to the doctors. But, it was even more fun to tell the kids that they were going to be the doctors for the day! We got to work right away.
The first activity we did was bandage up letters. The students practiced writing letters on a notecard. We practiced the letters we are learning this month, letter Q, A, and G. For the students who are learning how to write their name, we practiced writing the first letter of their name. After we had a few letters written on the card, the students cut the cards in half. A few of the older students made 2 cuts. They loved this activity because they said they were making puzzles. We then put our puzzles back together and bandaged them up with tape.
After we bandaged up letters, I let the students practice bandaging up stuffed animals. The students put bandages around the animal’s arms, knees, feet, and even their necks. My students did awesome! They were excellent doctors.
The next activity we did was make a doctor’s bag. Mother Goose Time sent all the things you need to go in your doctor’s bag. I added a few extra things like the gloves and mask.
The students didn’t have much preparation for this “make and play” project. They decorated their doctor’s bag to make it look like their own. Then, they put everything in their bag and took some patients. Their patients were stuffed animals, of course. After a few minutes of playing, one of my students said, “Can I make a stethoscope?” I replied, “Uh… how would you make that…?” She replied, “All I need is pipe cleaners and a pompom!” I loved her enthusiasm. Of course I said, “Alright! Go for it.” I think a huge part of my kids creative minds come from letting them explore and make their art projects their own. The “invitation to create” activities and even the “make and play” projects have helped a lot with this as well. Her stethoscope turned out so cute. All the students decided that they wanted one too!
The last activity we did was a domino activity. The cards had pictures of children doing fitness/sports activities. We dealt the cards out to the students and took turns placing a card down. They had to try and find a match. It got a little tricky towards the end when there were a lot of cards out. And it wasn’t tricky because they couldn’t find a match. It was tricky because they had to decide which match to do if they had several cards that had matches. It was so fun watching them play this game.
Next week we will learn about running, jumping, kicking, etc… And we will have our field day! It should be a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to it.
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