Exotic Birds

** 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, we have been learning about exotic birds. One of our favorite birds that we learned about was the ostrich. We have seen ostriches in real life at the zoo near us. They are so cool and are interesting creatures. Ostriches are super tall. We stacked blocks up to 9 feet to see how tall an ostrich is compared to us. We seem very small compared to an ostrich.

Ostrich eggs are huge! Experience Early Learning sent a life size picture of an ostrich egg in their curriculum box. We had fun comparing objects around the room to the egg. We found things that were bigger than the egg and things that were smaller. Then, we each gathered a few items and ordered them from smallest to biggest.

We drew our own pictures of ostriches. They turned out so cute! They were even better than I imagined. I gave the kids a brown piece of paper, an orange piece of paper, sticker eyes, paint, and a fork. They used markers to draw the outline of their ostrich. My younger daughter used the sticker eyes and my older daughter drew her own eyes. When my younger daughter saw her sister’s ostrich, she took off the sticker eyes and drew her own, bigger eyes on her paper. I guess she liked the big ostrich eyes better. They used the fork as a paintbrush to make it look like the hair on the ostrich.

We also learned about penguins, and peacocks. A few of our favorite activities were playing in shaving cream and learning to read new words.

Playing in shaving cream is so fun. I always find myself playing in the shaving cream with the kids whenever I bring it out. We spread the shaving cream across the table and practiced drawing shapes in the shaving cream with our finger. I love learning through play. It is always memorable and more meaningful to the kids.

This week, we learned the “-ug” word family. These are words like: bug, rug, mug, hug, etc. My preschooler did awesome sounding out the words and reading new words. We used the “Word Family Decoder Game” from Experience Early Learning. We have loved learning new word families and playing our game each month. I feel like these last two months, my preschooler has really started understanding how reading works. Working with her consistently every month and taking things slow has helped make it fun and less overwhelming.

Learning about birds this month was so fun! We even got to do a little birdwatching in our very own backyard. It was fun to see the different kinds of birds that frequently fly into our backyard. Next week we start our new theme from Experience Early Learning: Bugs and Crawly Things! I can’t wait to learn about bugs and explore my backyard looking for bugs with the kids.

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