This month’s theme from Mother Goose Time is: Down on the Farm. We had a lot of fun this week learning about animals on the farm. We did a lot of engaging activities and the students learned a lot. A lot of the activities were movement activities. The students LOVED these activities. It is so difficult to sit still and listen to a lesson sometimes. That’s one major reason why I love this Mother Goose Time curriculum so much. Most of the activities (if not all) are activities where the students get to explore and play. But, through that play, they are learning so much and so many vital skills that are important to learn in preschool. Each day we do a community challenge, a math activity, a literacy activity, and an art project that goes along with the theme.
Each day we have a “community challenge” activity from Mother Goose Time. These activities help students build relationship skills, confidence, help the students work as a team, make desicions, and give them a sense of belonging to the school community. This week, we worked together to build a fence for our pet horse. The students practiced working together and learned that their help was neccesary in building this fence.
Small Group Math
Each day, we have a small group math activity. This week, one of our small group math activities was farm bowling. The students loved to set up the animal pins and knock them back down. We counted how many we knocked down. This was also a great movement activity and coordination activity.
Table Top Literacy
Each day, we do a small group literacy activity. This week, we practiced writing designs, letters, and numbers in the sand with our fingers and with a paintbrush. The students thought this was fun to make designs in the sand instead of our regular writing practice with pencil and paper. They rolled the cube to see what design they got to draw in the sand.
Each day, we create. Sometimes the students get to imagine and create an art picture how they want to do it. And sometimes we make a prop that can be played with during centers or at home. One of our art projects this week was to create a horse out of different shaped pieces that were already cut out. First of all, I love that all the shapes were already cut out for me. Second, I love that there was a variety of colors for the students to choose from. And third, I love how my students think. They created some really cool art pieces and they were all different. One of my students created a farmer as well to take care of his horse.
One last thing we do each day is read a story. This week we read, “Moo, Baa, La La La!”. Reading to the kids each preschool day helps students:
1. Understand how stories work
2. See how books work (we read from left to right, and how we turn the pages to continue the story).
3. Foster a love of books and stories
4. Builds their stamina to sit a listen to a story
I am so glad I get to teach these amazing students. I have loved this new theme so far. And I am excited to see what is next for us on the farm.
** I receive curriculum from Mother Goose Time for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 4th year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Mother Goose Time!