This week, we are finishing up our “Bees and Butterflies” theme from Mother Goose Time. We have learned so much! I think all of us are a little more terrified of Yellow Jackets, but we have a better understanding of bees and their purpose in life. I feel like the students are less afraid of bees.
We learned about all different types of bees. The students loved learning about the Queen Bee and the baby bees. We made Queen Bee headbands and pretended to be the Queen Bees.
The students played a math game with play dough as the Queen Bee. We rolled a cube. We identified the number and laid that many “eggs”, or bingo chips, in the “cells”, or play dough. This is a great game! There are so many skills the students are practicing in just one simple game. The students are practicing counting, 1-1 correspondence, enhancing their fine motor skills, and learning to pretend play. This game was loved so much by the kids that when I told them they could have 5 minutes to free play with the play dough, about half of them continued to play the game.
This week we also learned about hexagons. The students made their own honeycomb with a hexagon stencil and paper. They traced around the hexagons and tried to see how many they could fit on the paper. We colored our honeycomb and put bee stickers all over. The students loved playing with the bee stickers. They pretended that the bees were bringing pollen and nectar back to the hive and filling up the honeycomb cells.
I have found that learning through play is an effective way to teach this age group. I can tell them something, and a few students might remember. But, when we play and act out things, like bees bringing pollen and nectar back to the hive and filling in the honeycomb, the students remember this fact. At the end of the day, I always ask the students, “What did you do today?” Almost all of them tell me about something they played or made during the day. Those lessons are more memorable.
One last thing we did this week was learn about being respectful. I LOVE the “Forest Friends” books. They are one of my favorite things about the Mother Goose Time curriculum. Each month, I receive a book with story pieces and a writing paper. We learn a different character trait each month. The students love these books. They are easy to follow, simple, and short. The students love to see what’s going to happen. This week we talked about being respectful. Just to summarize the story: A bee met another bee that was blue. They became friends and realized that they have a lot in common even though they look different. Another group of bees make fun of the blue bee. But, they soon realize that the blue bee is still a bee, just like them, and is actually really fun to be around. The students then drew a picture of their own colorful bee and dictated a few sentences about their bee.
We have enjoyed every minute of our Bees and Butterflies theme. Next week we are moving on to a new theme: Bubbles, Boats, and Floats.
** 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!