This past week we enjoyed learning activities based on our “egg” theme.
We learned the nursery rhyme, “Humpty Dumpty, by saying the rhyme,”
singing a song about Humpty Dumpty created by Dr. Jean, and acting out the rhyme.
Friends also enjoyed tracking print on a poster of the rhyme, while moving their fingers from left to right.
Here are two friends pretending to be Humpty Dumpty.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men…
…couldn’t put Humpty together again.
After we learned the rhyme, we practiced Habit # 5 :Seek first to understand, then to be understood… or (Listen before you talk).
We passed the “My Turn” stick and recorded the children’s responses to the question: How would you fix Humpty Dumpty? This was also a great print awareness activity. We recorded each child’s response in a different color and then read the responses back to the group, tracking print from left to right.
In art, we practiced cutting on a line to cut out pictures of the rhyme. Next, we sequenced the pictures to correctly retell the rhyme.
We also acted out the rhyme by building walls with blocks and dropping hard boiled eggs from the walls.
After Humpty Dumpty has his great fall,
some of the children enjoyed peeling their eggs and eating the hard boiled treats.
Repetition and the use of our five senses are important tools for helping preschoolers to learn. With this theme we provided various ways to experience the rhyme- seeing the words and pictures, hearing a song based on the rhyme, touching a real egg, tasting an egg, and acting out the rhyme. This gave the children many ways to experience and comprehend the rhyme.