Four weeks ago we started with bean seeds and they have been making observations.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar.....
We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We made hungry caterpillar names! During this activity the kids practiced cutting circles, writing their names, and creativity. They did such an amazing job cutting today! We used stickers and drew in our fine motor journals.
I gave them a sneak peak of our new theme ....Ocean Commotion.
Today we made collages with hexagons. Your child should be able to tell you how many sides on a hexagon!
For fine motor we used stickers to to build the letter of their choice.
We read I'm NOT just a Scribble, by Diane Alter. Scribbling is where it ALL starts! Children are so proud when they see their completed work! Scribbling helps kids develop fine motor skills needed for writing, drawing and other related skills. Today we made scribbles and added face stickers! As a group we made a mural of scribbles!
We cut crepe paper and glued in our fine motor journals.
National Scribble Day....
Happy National Scribble Day! I am so excited to have kids return tomorrow from Spring Break and we have a fun project to celebrate National Scribble Day!!
Sorting objects helps children begin to notice how items are alike and different! As adults we sort all the time! We sort mail, laundry and utensils. Children typically start with sorting colors. I put objects into a basket and drew a rainbow they pulled an object from the basket and put on the matching color. This created a lot of conversation! "Look, I found a purple Z! I found a red circle!"
Mangos are a healthy fruit that grow in tropical climates and the rainforest on very tall trees! Yummy! They are full of vitamins and so sweet and tasty. The outside of the fruit is a blend of red, yellow, orange, and green colors. Mango trees can be over 100 fee tall and can live hundreds of years. Today we touched and tasted a mango! We discussed the shape and color and then we used red, yellow and red green paint to blend colors to create our own mango art! We used sponges, feathers and pom poms to create our artwork today.
Hummingbirds are the smallest birds in the world. These birds beat their wings fast enough to make it look as though they are hovering as they fly. Hummingbirds access and drink nectar with their long tongues.
We talked about which animals live in the rainforest. They were invited to draw a memory about the rainforest on a postcard.
Kapok trees are among the tallest trees in the rainforest. They are deciduous and can live over a hundred years. Kapok trees provide food and shelter for many species of monkeys, birds, frogs and insects. The kids were invited to create a Rainforest collage.
For fine motor we drew tall trees in our journals.
Rainforest Name Trees.....
These turned out so cute! We may have to do this one again tomorrow. Some cut the tree tops, some only cut the trunk of the tree. We are still practicing scissor skills. I don't want kids to be frustrated when trying to learn how to use scissors. We typically practice scissor skills every day!