Keeping Baby Safe

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This week with Experience Early Learning (formally known as Mother Goose Time), we learned about how animals keep their babies safe and warn them of danger.

I asked the students, “What noises would you hear if someone was in danger?” My students had some funny answers. First, they asked me what the danger was. I made the mistake of saying it was a snake. My class is mainly boys and they are all really into bugs and snakes. One student said, “I’ll catch it!” Another said, “I would just go in the house.” It took a little more prompting to get them to actually say some sounds like, “Mom! Help!” or “AAAAAAAHHHHHHH”. I had the students play with our musical instruments. I told them to come up with a good sound that could warn us that danger is near. They came up with some awesome warning calls.

One of my favorite activities that we did was a matching game. This was not your ordinary matching game. This was a sound matching game. I filled plastic eggs up with different materials like sand, rice, noodles, beans, and coins. I made sure they each had a different sound so it wasn’t too difficult for us to tell what sound we were hearing. The students picked an egg and shook it. Then, they picked another egg and shook it. If it had the same sound, they found a match! If not, they put the egg back and picked up a different egg and shook it. They did this until they found its match. Being able to hear sounds is an important skill when getting ready to learn letter sounds. It’s the first step in learning to read. First we have to be able to tell that the letters are saying different sounds.

We played a game where the student’s goal was to make a safe path from the bunny to the bunny’s home. They took turns turning over a card and making a path for the bunny. If they turned over a card that would be dangerous for the baby bunny (like an owl, snake, etc.) they would start a new path. The students had a lot of fun with this game. They loved to pretend that the bunny was eating the vegetables, or hiding from the owl. One of my groups didn’t want the game to end, so they made the longest possible path they could to the bunny’s safe home. They eventually made it though and the bunny was safe from harm.

“Be Careful, Bunny!” Game from Experience Early Learning

This week, we have been focusing on the letter ‘R’. R is for rocks. I wrote the letter R on some scrap paper, along with the other letters we are learning this month (S, C). I covered the papers with rocks. The students took turns lifting up the rocks and finding the letter R. Then, we played our “I Spy…” game from Experience Early Learning. The students loved looking for the pictures that start with the letter R.

We had a fun week exploring how to keep us safe from harm. Next week, we will talk about how babies change and grow.

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