Setting Sail

** 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.

It’s June! This year is going by so quickly. I can’t believe it’s summer and I am already starting to get ready for the next group of preschool kids to come in the fall.

This month, our theme from Experience Early Learning is “Treasure Island”. We are going to learn about boats, beaches, and islands! This week, we explored boats. We had a lot of fun pretending to be captains and discovering how boats float.

This week, we learned the nursery rhyme, “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” We made captain hats and pretended to be the captain of the ship. We took turns giving orders and telling each other what to do (spin around, jumping jacks, crab walk, move slowly).

We also pretended to be pirates! We made eye patches and spyglasses. We drew a map of an island and put an “X” where there is treasure. We named our islands! I wanted them to name their island after themselves, but one of my girls drew her island in a heart shape and wanted to name it “Love Island”. My other daughter followed her by drawing a hexagon island and naming it (you guessed it), “Hexagon Island”. We had a lot of fun pretending to search for treasure with our maps.

We played a game from Experience Early Learning. They sent a poster with 20 different islands on it and some gold coins. First of all, we had a lot of fun just playing with the gold coins. They are very cool! But, the game was also fun. We played in a few different ways. My 2 year old played by placing a coin on each island. This is good for 1-1 correspondence. He had to make sure every island had a coin on it. My preschool aged daughter played by putting a coin on each island in numerical order. The islands were numbered 1 through 20. She started with 1 and counted all the way to 20! This is helping her work on number recognition and number order.

We also worked on our journals from Experience Early Learning. The summer journals are always my favorite. The kids review concepts and get to be creative as well. The journal has a few ‘color by number’ pages and a few ‘finish the picture’ pages.

He’s only 2! Scribbling is actually a really good step for kids when learning to write. It teaches them about holding and gripping a writing tool. It also helps them explore how to draw lines and circles on a paper. So, let those little kiddos scribble!!

We made a boat together using materials we found around the preschool room as well as materials that came in our Experience Early Learning preschool box. We used this boat to play a game. The girls spread out all 26 letters across the table. We had a second pile of all 26 letters that we stacked up. We took turns picking a letter from the stack, then driving the boat to that matching letter.

One last thing we did this week was play in sand. Of course, I made them do it outside. I don’t like sand all over my house. They had a lot of fun working together to create their own island with the sand.

I have a feeling we will be playing with a lot of sand this month with our theme from Experience Early Learning: “Treasure Island”.

We had a lot of fun exploring boats! Next week, we are going to the beach! Not in real life, but we will have fun learning about the beach and pretending that we are on the beach exploring. We can’t wait!

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