This month we learned about winter gear with our Early Experience Learning curriculum. (Formally Mother Goose Time). I know I write this a lot, but I live in a warm climate. There is no snow here. I think our high today was 69 degrees. So, when I asked my students what you wear when it’s cold, they said things like sweater, pants, closed toe shoes. I brought out all my winter clothes and let them try it on. We pretended that it was 20 degrees outside and snowing. We put on hats, scarfs, mittens, jackets, and snow boots. It was so cute to watch how excited my students were to pretend that it was cold outside.
We talked about snow shoes and how they help us walk in the snow. We traced our feet on scrap pieces of paper. The students measured their feet using a non-standard unit of measure. We used the connecting cubes that came in the Experience Early Learning box for this month. I love these connecting cubes! They are one of my favorite math manipulatives. The students love them as well. They can be used to count, measure, sort, make patterns, and the students love connecting them together. It feels like we are playing when we use these manipulatives for our math lessons.
After we traced our feet, we took that amount of connecting cubes that our foot was (the average was 8 cubes) and went around the room to find other things that were the same size as our foot. Some things we found were bigger and some were smaller. The students loved finding an item around the room that was exactly the same size as their foot. It was the greatest thing in the world. A few measured their hand to compare its size to their foot. They wanted to see which one was bigger.
We read the story “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. This is one of the suggested stories for the month from Experience Early Learning and it is one of my favorite stories. The students are always engaged while it’s being read to them. After we read the story, we made our own mitten. The students decorated the outside, then we sewed the sides together. I don’t think this mitten was meant to be worn, but a few of my students were able to get it on their hands.
In one of our small groups this week, we played “Bingo”. This is a game we play once a month. The students love flipping over a card and helping each other find the matching picture on their game card. I thought this game would be a lot more competitive, but I have found that my little group loves to help their friends find their matches and they cheer each other on when someone is about to get a Bingo.
One last thing we did this week was play “Would You Rather”. This is another game that we play once a month. The students are getting really good at making their own decisions and being able to explain their choice.
We only have one more week left of our theme: Winter in the Woods. I can’t wait! Next week is Christmas! Wishing you and your family a happy holiday!
** 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!