Insects at the Pond

** I receive curriculum from Experience Early Learning (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 Experience Early Learning, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Experience Early Learning.

This week has been quite an interesting week. Our schools have been closed. I have had to adjust from teaching preschoolers to being a homeschooling mom of three very different children. I have loved every minute of it.

My girls convinced me to make a video of myself teaching the preschool lesson and then I e-mailed it to my students. They helped me with the video and participated in the activities. We had so much fun making the first video about dragonflies and ended up making videos for the rest of the insects as well! Then, we made a bag of supplies for each child and ran over the supplies to their doorsteps. I have loved getting pictures from my students of their creations from the videos. My girls are really excited to make videos for next week as well.

This week, we learned about insects at the pond with Experience Early Learning’s curriculum. Some insects we might see at a pond are: dragonflies, mosquitos, backswimmers, water striders, and mayflies.

When I was teaching about the dragonfly, I asked my girls and students to balance a bean bag (or ball, or anything they could find that could balance) on different parts of their bodies. We found our head, our belly, and our butts. That’s right! I said… butt. And that’s what happens when you have the older kids help you make a video for preschool students. (Insert palm in face emoji).

We created a dragonfly for art and I made the girls name their dragonflies.

The STEAM station for that day was one I thought everyone could do at home. We talked about different body parts on an insect. Then, I had the students draw their own, new insect species. They had to create what it looked like AND come up with a name. The students are way more creative then I was when I was trying to think up names.

Next we learned about mosquitoes. I asked my girls to tell me where they’ve been bitten by a mosquito. Can you guess what they said? They said: back, ankle, lips, head, and I’m sure you guessed it… their butts. Some of my preschool moms commented, but so far they have all thought the girls were cute and entertaining.

We learned that mosquitos are food for other animals, like turtles, and read a cute poem about a turtle who snapped at a mosquito, a minnow, a flea, and me!

It has been such a different week, but Experience Early Learning has still continued to be a great resource for me and my preschool families to continue our learning at home while we aren’t allowed to go back to school. I can’t wait to see what we learn next week!

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