Winter — Animals

This week, we started our new theme from Experience Early Learning (formally Mother Goose Time). We learned about animals that live in the woods. These animals have thick fur coats to help keep them warm in the cold.

The activities we did this week were so fun. And we learned a lot! We learned about rectangles, the letter B, rhyming words, we practiced counting, and we practiced writing our names.

We learned about deer. We pretended to be deer and took turns wagging our “tails” to warn others of possible danger. The students made deer headbands and they looked adorable. They had partners and took turns helping each other trace both of their hands. Then, they cut out their hands. We taped the hands onto the headbands to make it look like antlers. The students added eyes, a nose, and a mouth to complete their reindeer.

Deer can have white tails or white spots. We took turns rolling the cube, counting that number of spots, and placing cotton balls on the picture of the fawn to give her spots.

We learned about bears. Experience Early Learning, sends conversation cards with their box every month. These are smaller versions of the pictures of the daily theme posters for all 20 days. Our community challenge that day was to lay out the conversation cards. The students pretended to walk through the woods. I asked the students, “If you were walking through the woods, what would you like to find?” They looked at each picture and chose one. We took turns going around the circle and talking about why we chose a particular picture.

Bears live in dens. We made bear dens for our craft. The students liked using the pictures of the bears to act out a story. It usually ended with, “Run and hide in the den!” I’m not sure what the bears were running from, to be honest. But, the students had fun pretending.

We learned about mice. The students learned the nursery rhyme, “Hickory Dickory Dock”. We talked about rhyming words and played a matching game. This matching game was a little different than the normal matching game because instead of matching two like things, we had to match two pictures that rhymed, like coat and boat.

We learned the letter B this week. The students searched for the letter B with Experience Early Learning’s “I Spy the letter…” page. The students look forward to using the paper magnifying glass to search for pictures of things that start with the letter B. They also love that in the middle of the paper magnifying glass, there are 3 pictures of things that start with the letter B. They use that as a guide for what pictures they are looking for as they search.

Next week, we will learn about the woodlands. We will talk about pine cones, pine trees (or Christmas Trees as my students always call them), and all things snow, including snowmen.

** I receive curriculum from Experience Preschool (formally known as Mother Goose Time) for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 5th year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Experience Preschool with Mother Goose Time!

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