This week we spent some time learning about animals that live in the forest with our Mother Goose Time curriculum.
Monkey drew the cutest hedgehog on the cover of his journal. He told me that he definitely knew he could draw it because “it’s just like a dog but with all these super sharp pokey things on its back.”
Once our journal coves were completed we built bear dens for a couple sleepy bears with our invitation to create materials. Booger decided that the bear on the inspiration picture needed to be cozy too, so he glued his paper strips to the inspiration picture. Monkey was more interested in investigating the paper strips and looking closely at the texture and the crinkled folds. Then, as happens with most projects at our house, chaos ensued and the boys had a paper fight with the leftover supplies.
After cleaning up and a lunch break, Booger made a deer head band and spent the rest of the day pretending he was a deer. He has recently discovered how to cheese it up for the camera and looks for every opportunity to show off. I love these goofy faces! The headband was a great pre-writing practice. It looks like he’s going to be left handed, but he switches it up quite often still, so we’ll see what he finally settles on.
One of my favorite parts of the Mother Goose Time curriculum is the math is integrated into almost every activity. Each month we receive math story cards and puzzles that Monkey loves along with many other activities that teach Booger number recognition, patterning and measurement. With this month’s provided manipulatives (counting bears in 3 different sizes and the stacking cups, both pictured below), Booger practiced all of these math concepts while playing.
For this activity, I let Booger do his thing and literally just play. I set out the pattern card and showed him how the cups he had were the same as in the picture, but then let him decide how he wanted to use the manipulatives. He started playing hide and seek with the bears and I noticed that he was matching the color of the bear to the color of the cup, so I asked him a few questions such as “where is the yellow bear hiding?” or “what number is on the green cup?” Then, the game evolved to stacking the cup according to size with a bear trapped in each layer. Booger decided that the tower needed a bear on top as well, and as you can see, that bear needed to test the effects of gravity. It was a great day of learning.
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