We had a wonderful time learning about families this week. We started off by talking about the people in our families and made a chart, showing each family member.
Then each child counted the number of people in their family and looked at the chart to see which family had the most and the least number of people in it.
We used props to tell the story, Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman.
During circle, the children chanted a repetitive line from the book and answered questions about the story.
We practiced our scissor skills by cutting out pictures from the story. We sent home a “Story Bag” with all of the cut pieces so that the children could retell the story at home.
We placed the props in our block area so the children could act out/recall the story. One friend enjoyed having Mrs. Zohab read the book to him again.
The next day we read, Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer. This is a book about a boy who goes camping with his dad. We expanded the children’s comprehension by setting up a campsite like the one in the story.
Here is a child cooking a fish for dinner, like Little Critter did in our story.
We made a campfire with tissue paper and paper towel rolls…We talked about fires being “hot.”
A friend is pretending to be Little Critter’s dad, “reading” a story to the kids at bedtime.
Uh-oh…Here comes a bear. In the story, a bear came and took the fish that Little Critter caught.
On the last day of the week, we learned about babies. We brainstormed (Brainstorming is a necessary step in problem-solving, where people come up with possibilities or solutions to problems.) and made a written list of things that we knew about babies. In making our list, everyone’s contribution was added to our list. This activity reinforced Habit #4 “Think Win Win.” When we brainstorm, we see that everyone’s thoughts are important and are respected.
In circle, we read a factual book about babies.
Friends pretended to care for babies, giving them baths in the water table.
Next, we refined our hand-eye coordination by “making bottles” for our babies.
The children enjoyed taking care of their babies…
We also used teacher-made puzzles and games. The children labeled and matched objets that babies might use.