Discovering Germs

This week, was just me and my 4 year old daughter doing preschool together. Big sister is back in school, and our home preschool has not started yet. We start next week and cannot wait!

This week was all about exploring biology. We loved learning about living and non-living things, adaptation, germs, and more.

Germs are everywhere! We started the germ lesson by talking about where we find germs. We searched around the room for germs. We decided that germs are difficult to see. We pretended that little scraps of paper were germs. The tiny scraps of paper were spread out all over the floor. We put a tape loop around our fingers and crawled around the floor picking up things with the tape loop. We were surprised by how much paper (and even dust) we picked up on the tape loop. We talked about how we can prevent germs from spreading so we can stay healthy.

For our math activity, we explored making germs with play dough and the math link strips included in the Mother Goose Time box. We took turns picking a number from the number cards. We identified the number. Then, counted that many link strips. Finally, we got to create what we think a germ might look like with the play dough and the number of link strips that we picked. We came up with some pretty cool designs and got some great counting practice out of this activity.

For our literacy activity, we drew germs and made up stories about them. My daughter wanted her germ to be round, so she traced around a cup to get a circle for the body. Then, she drew lines sticking out of the circle. She did an amazing job creating the germ the way she wanted it to be. And she made up the best story about her germ.

For our creative corner, we first talked about white blood cells and what they do for our body when we are sick. I compared them to superheroes and she thought that was the coolest thing she’s ever heard. She ended up telling a few people we saw that day that white blood cells are like superheroes. Then, we made a white blood cell bracelet. We pretended that one of our stuffed animals was sick. We took care of the animal and put the bracelet on her wrist to visually show that her body is creating more white blood cells to help her feel better.

Next week is “Meet the Teacher.” I will be meeting my new preschool students and then the week after that we start the new preschool year! I am so excited to get started with September’s theme: Family and Pets. We are going to have a lot of fun this year and I cannot wait to watch my new students grow as we learn together.

** 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!

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