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This month is all about Nursery Rhymes with Experience Early Learning, formally Mother Goose Time. We have loved exploring deeper into well-known and beloved nursery rhymes. Today, we learned “Hickory Dickory Dock”.
We started the day by reciting the nursery rhyme together. We made a list of words that rhyme with ‘clock’. We inserted the new words into the rhyme to make them sound silly. For example: Instead of saying, “The mouse ran up the clock” we changed it to say, “The mouse ran up the sock.” They came up with some words that I hadn’t even thought of, like rock, knock, talk, and walk. We had a lot of fun choosing new rhyming words to say in our nursery rhyme.
After we learned the song, we made mouse headbands. The student’s role played the nursery rhyme. Then we played a game where they pretended to be mice. We took turns choosing a time. Once the time was shown, the students had to run to that number that was somewhere around the room. This game was fun! Students were practicing number recognition, telling time, and pretend playing all at the same time.
The next game we played was also really fun. The students spun the spinner. The spinner is connected to a big clock on a game board (provided by Experience Early Learning). Whatever number the pointer landed on was the time. We practiced saying our nursery rhyme and entered the number that we landed on into the rhyme. We also had animal game pieces. We took turns moving our animals around the clock. Whatever number we landed on was also the number of spaces we moved around the clock. This game was helping us count out loud and helping us use 1-1 correspondence as we moved the game pieces around the spaces on the clock board.
For our literacy activity, I had a tray full of sand and a tray full of shaving cream. The students had to pick a letter card that was on the table and write that letter in one of the trays of their choice using a cotton ball. This activity was so fun, that I don’t even think my students noticed that they were identifying letters, and practicing writing them.
One of my favorite activities was when I gave the students some craft sticks, string, blocks, paper, and number cards and told them to build a clock together. It was fun watching them get creative. It was fun to see what they were going to do. It was fun to see them working together. It was fun to see them having their own ideas. (This STEAM station idea was given to me by Experience Early Learning).
Next week, we will continue exploring nursery rhymes. I can’t wait to see which ones we will learn next!