This week, we learned about lakes. We had a lot of fun pretending to fish in the lake, swim in the lake, sail a boat on the lake, and skip rocks on the lake. We are learning so much with Mother Goose Time. The first lesson we did this week was “Fishing”. In just one day, the students learned rhymes, used their fine motor skills, created a fish, made a decision about which choice was their favorite, explained why that choice was the best one for them, used magnets to fish, and practiced identifying shapes.
We like to start the day by doing a “Community Challenge”. For this community challenge, the students helped me recite the poem or song, “Once I Caught a Fish”. Just in case you need a refresher, this is the one that starts by saying: “1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Once I caught a fish alive. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 then I let it go again.” The students and I recited the poem together and they followed my actions. We said a few times and then we listened for rhyming words. When we found a rhyming word, like 5 and alive, we tried to think of other words that rhyme with those as well, like hive and dive. The students had a lot of fun with this activity. They thought it was funny to make up nonsense words that also rhyme with those words. I didn’t mind because it still showed me that they understood the concept. They could figure out a word that rhymed even if it was a made up word.
The next activity we did, and quite possibly the most loved activity for the week, was fishing for shapes. MGT sent magnets, string, and paper clips in the bag for this day. I LOVE that all the materials are included for each day and I don’t have to run around looking for things I might need. I attached the magnets to string and attached the string to a craft stick. I put the paper clips on the ends of the paper fish. These fish had shapes on their bellies. The students rolled the cube (which had 6 different shapes on it), identified the shape, and used the homemade fishing pole to pick up the fish that matched the shape they rolled. The magnets worked just okay. They worked well when I did it, but I found that you have to get the magnet in the right spot to pick up the paper clip. The students were having a little trouble with it. So, I went to my magnet bin. Luckily, I had some more powerful magnet wands that I got from MGT in a previous year. Those worked amazingly well. They fell in love with the magnets and wanted to keep this game out for play time. Which of course I said, YES! They are practicing matching and identifying shapes, and having fun while doing it.
The students decorated a fish that had the poem we recited previously. They wove yarn through holes around the outside of the fish and tied a craft stick to the end. It made it look like they were fishing and caught a fish! Some of my students have a difficult time weaving the string through the holes, but I tell them to keep trying. This is such good practice for their fine motor skills which they need to develop to help them with writing.
One last game we played on this day was “Would You Rather.” I absolutely love this game as well as my students. We used to struggle with making our own decisions. A lot of students will just follow the crowd because they don’t want to be the only one that voted for something. And they think they lost if they are the only one who voted for it. We have come a long way. I have worked hard to teach my students that just because your friend wants to vote for an item doesn’t mean it’s the best item. Maybe you have a good reason for picking the choice you did. Maybe that choice is better for you.
We are excited to learn about bubbles next week! We have really enjoyed this month’s theme. Our school year is quickly coming to a close. I am so glad for all the fun memories we have made with Mother Goose Time.
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