Life 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, our schools were canceled for the rest of the year. It is so sad that we didn’t get to finish off the year. So many of my students will be starting Kindergarten in the fall and I am sad that they didn’t get to celebrate that milestone at our end of the year party.

It is tricky trying to find ways to stay connected with my preschool students. Especially since my own kids are now home and I am now a homeschooling mom. But, one thing I have found helpful in connecting with my students, is posting different activities we would have done at preschool on Instagram, or my blog, that my students could do at home with their families. Something that my preschool families have done to stay connected to me is send me pictures of their child working on an activity, either mine or their own.

This week, I did preschool lessons with my own kids. We had a lot of fun doing them! I decided to still do the curriculum with my own preschool child. My toddler and 1st grader joined in. I found that learning could be done by all with Experience Early Learning’s Curriculum. Whether it was simplifying it for my toddler, or enhancing the concepts for my 1st grader, we all had something to learn.

This week, we are learning about life at the pond. We learned about snails. Snails are fun! We don’t have a whole lot of snails where we live. We started off by talking about how snails are slow. We took turns being the leader and moved different body parts slowly.

Snail’s shells have a spiral shape. We made spirals out of playdough. Playdough was fun for my toddler and is good for strengthening those hand muscles he will use later in life for writing, grasping, pinching, and other fine motor skills. My preschooler helped us count each spiral as we laid it on our counting mat.

Expereince Early Learning’s Counting Mat

For art, we made different lines with glue on a paper. Snails leave a slime trail as they move. We covered the glue lines with sand so we could see what they looked like. Then, I let the kids paint around the lines. Some of us were better at this than others.

Experience Early Learning’s STEAM station this week was a fun, but messy one. We gathered up tops and spinners. We dipped our sinners in paint and twirled them on a paper. I didn’t realize that the paint would go everywhere! And I mean everywhere. All over the table, our clothes, the floor, and the paper (which is the only place I wanted it to be). It was interesting to see the spiral on the paper that the paint left and it was really cool looking. If I were to do this station again, I would make sure we were wearing aprons, and I would maybe put it in a tray to help the splattering of the paint.

This month, we are learning the –un word family. Those are words like: run, fun, and sun. I am impressed with my preschooler’s ability to read. Since she has her big sister home all day, and big sister has work and assignments to do, my preschooler also wants to continue her learning and is even excited about it! She has asked me to start teaching her to read and she is picking it like a natural. That’s partly because I have been able to work with her one-on-one and big sister has been helping her out as well, giving her strategies.

Learning the -un Word Family with Expereince Early Learning’s Curriculum

Although we are sad school is cancelled, we have still found ways to continue our learning and growth with Experience Learning’s curriculum. There are a lot of positive things that will come out of home learning, and I am excited to see what new things I can learn from my kids.

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