Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Let's learn about the Farm!

For the past few days we have been centering our learning activities around the Farm.

The pictures just show the activity the children are doing but there are many learning experiences that happen before and during the activity that can't be recorded in a picture.

Here the children are adding "wool" to their lambs. First, we did a counting activity with cotton balls. I had them count out 5 balls from the bag. Then we sang "Mary Had 5 Little Lambs" and the last phrase was "and 2(or any number 1-5) ran away" and the child would take 2 cotton balls away and tell me how many were left. Then we would sing again either taking more away or adding some back. With some children I wrote out the number sentence we were creating as well. Then I gave them their lamb sheet and they traced over the word "lamb" and I asked them how were they going to cover their lamb with only 5 cotton balls. They all knew they needed to pull the cotton apart. Then I applied the glue to their papers and they went to work.

Here we are playing an animal sounds BINGO. Listening is an important skill needed in order to read. They had fun listening to the different farm sounds.

Then one day they put together their own snack mix. Each ingredient they were to take 5 pieces from.
We will conclude our farm theme with a trip to Butts Mill Farm.

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