** 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.
My daughter got a bug catcher from a teacher in the mail this week. It was fitting for our bug unit this month! They have had fun exploring the backyard trying to catch bugs. This week, we have been exploring bug homes with Experience Early Learning’s curriculum.
We explored bee hives. My girls had to work together to build the bee hive. They ripped pieces of paper and glued them on the paper bee hive. They had to work together to fill the whole thing up! I love watching them work together to accomplish a task. They had to converse with each other about where their strips of paper were going to go and had to agree with each other on how they wanted their hive to look.
We found the letter of the month, Y, with our “I Spy” game. When we found pictures that started with Y, we drew bees on them. My youngest wanted to join! He mostly just scribbled. But, I don’t mind the scribbling because there is so much learning happening behind all the scribbles.
We explored spider webs. We started the day by working together to build a big spider web on the floor with yarn. We played a game that we called, “Don’t Get Caught in the Spider Web!” We took turns walking through the spider web without touching the web. If we touched the web, the spider got us! We all did amazing and were never caught by the spider.
We used the picture cards and word cards from Experience Early Learning to create the next game. We made a spider web on the table. Then, we placed the cards under the web. Oh no! The picture and letter cards are trapped in the web! We had to rescue them. Our goal was to grab a card without touching the web. Once we got the card out of the web, they either had to tell us what it was, read the word, or tell us the sound they hear at the beginning of the word. We had a blast playing this game.
We made spider webs complete with spider families. The kids played with these for a while. The little spiders were a nice touch from Experience Early Learning. It made playing with the spider home exciting.
This month, we are learning the AABB pattern. We played a fun game to help us remember the pattern. We each took turns being the leader. We picked two body parts to tap and then did it using the AABB pattern. It looked like this: Head, head, knees, knees; repeat. My kids were choosing some funny body parts to tap, like our eyes, back, and toes.
We learned about being respectful. We read the book “Busy as a Bee” and learned about how we should treat each other kindly and with respect when asking them to do something.
We have had a fun week exploring bug homes. Next week we will learn about camouflage bugs.