Today we said goodbye to our classroom butterflies. We let them go free in my backyard. The students held fruit and tried to get the butterflies to eat it, or drink the juice. We have had so much fun observing the butterflies this month. It’s difficult to say goodbye. They are migrating butterflies so, we may see them again.
The week has been full of so many fun literacy games from Mother Goose Time. I just wanted to share a few that my students particularly liked and connected with.
The “-ug” word family
This week, we learned words from the -ug word family. That includes the words: bug, hug, jug, mug, rug. The students picked a letter from the pile and stuck it on the butterfly to complete the word. We practiced writing the word with our fingers in the air. We also practiced reading the word. I am impressed with how well my students are reading.
Mother Goose Time (MGT) sent sticky butterflies. They are sticky like the sticky hands you can get at the store. I have never seen butterfly ones, but they were a HUGE hit with my students. They were all very excited to play the game and use their sticky butterfly. For this literacy game, I laid out pictures, letters, and words that started with our letters of the month: X, K, and M. The students took turns using their sticky hand to grab a card. They identified the letter or the letter the word/picture started with and stuck it under the big letter card in the front of the room. Some of the students discovered that they could pick up 2 or 3 cards with their sticky hand. So, then it became a contest to see who could pick up the most cards. I didn’t even mind because they were excited to identify the letters and sounds they saw and heard. And I had a lot of cards for each of them.
Story and Storytelling Magnetic pieces
The story of the month is “One Busy Bee”. I love the magnetic story pieces that come with the story from MGT. My students love to act out the story. But, my students love making up their own stories with the story pieces even more!
One thing we did after reading the story was pick a story magnetic piece (a butterfly or a bee) and make a house for that character. My students are so creative and I loved that everyone’s house was so different. The students made up stories about their character in their houses. Some of them pretended to be hiding from predators. Others invited another character over to play with them in their house. I love pretend play and watching how little kids think. They are so smart for being so little.
We have enjoyed learning about butterflies this month. We are so excited to start learning about bees. A few of them asked if we were going to have pet bees like we did with the butterflies. Uh… no. No we are not. But, we are excited and can’t wait to get started!
** 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!