This week we are learning about the Sahara desert. We learned that there is so much sand in the Sahara. We learned about pyramids. We learned about different plants that grow in the Sahara. We learned about the importance of water when traveling through the desert. This week has been fun!
One of the first activities we did was play with sand! Sand isn’t my favorite activity because it can get messy. But, it is one of the most loved sensory activities by my students. Sand is great for developing gross and fine motor skills. Students are scooping, digging, dumping, and building. Sand may help students with problem solving, sharing, communication, and cooperative play. There are so many benefits to letting the kids play with sand. The only downside is that the sand gets everywhere!! (Side note: I love kinetic sand. If it does end up getting everywhere, it is really easy to clean up.)
I always try to sneak in some kind of literacy or math when we get out the sand. I had the students write the letters we are learning this month in the sand with their finger. Writing practice a little more engaging when sand is involved.
Another activity we played was a game sent by Mother Goose Time called: Race to the Oasis.
This is the first time this year that the students played the game through several times and actually played the game!! Usually there are a few who are not that into it and will not pay attention to what’s going on. But, when we played this game, my students were cheering for each other. They paid attention so they knew when it was their turn. They were happy to wait for their turn.
Games are good for students to help with those social things like, taking turns, being patient, communicating, cheering on a classmate, and problem solving.
One last activity we did this week was write hieroglyphics. We practiced writing the symbols used on the cards.
Some of the students made up their own pictures for words. We drew the pictures and hung the papers up on the wall. A few students even tried to write whole sentences just using pictures! They were getting creative. I was so impressed. This activity was good for fine motor development, hand-eye coordination, and creativity.
Next week we are going to travel to the Mojave Desert. We don’t have to travel far! It’s here in America.
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