** 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 with Experience Early Learning’s curriculum, we have been learning about bird bodies. We compared bird bodies to our own bodies. Birds have so many things that we don’t have, like feathers, beaks, and tails! We looked at pictures of different birds and chose the bird that we would be if we could be a bird. We each chose our birds for different reasons. One chose a bird that had a pink beak because pink is her favorite color. Another one chose hummingbird because they are really cute. One chose penguin because they thought it would be fun to slide on their belly on the ice. It was fun hearing the different birds they would be and why.
This week we are learning the letters “K” and “M”. I wrote uppercase and lowercase k’s and m’s on scrap paper and stuck those in some plastic eggs. We took turns opening the eggs and sorting the letters onto the right letter mat. I have found that any lesson that has kids opening up eggs to see what’s inside is a successful lesson. We liked it so much, that we played it twice.
Play dough is a huge part of a preschool curriculum. We try to do play dough at least once a week. It is so good for strengthening those hand muscles and getting them ready to be able to do things like pinch, grasp, hold, etc. We made bird tracks in our play dough with a pencil. We ended up playing for an hour with our play dough testing other toys and seeing what kind of tracks they would make in the play dough.
This month’s shape is a hexagon! We explored looking at pictures of things that are hexagon that came in our Experience Early Learning box. We counted the sides and corners. We traced out hexagon pattern blocks on scrap paper.
We took our paper that we drew hexagons all over and made bird tracks walking across the paper. We used our fingers to make the tracks.
One of our favorite activities that we get to do when learning a new letter is our “I Spy the letter…” game from Experience Early Learning. The kids love to look for pictures that start with the letter we are learning that week. They love to color the pictures. Most of them use multiple colors and make the pictures look nice. We have talked about using colors of real life, meaning that we don’t have purple skin and mushrooms are not pink. (At least I’ve never seen a pink mushroom). You wouldn’t color a dog blue, or the moon green. The kids really try to think about what the color of these pictures would be in real life and color it that way.
We had a lot of fun exploring birds this week. Next week, we will learn about some of the birds we would be if we could be a bird! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us.