March is here, and with this month we have a brand new theme: On the Farm for Spring and Easter. Tiny turtles are loving it!
This week during exploration our students enjoyed making a big Old McDonald floor puzzle, making popcorn, toasting bread and spreading butter, and playing with barns, plastic and plush animals. To finish the “Seed, plant & growing” theme, we set a bean with moistened cotton inside a clear cup to watch it grow over the next few days.
In creativity time, children began their farm project. They were really into it, painting, shredding paper, pasting and stapling with teachers’ help. Kiddos especially loved to “milk the cow”, squeezing a glove full of water, and also the “milk explosion” experiment in which they used a food coloring and drops of detergent to magically spread and mix the colors!
Physical development was all about farm songs and role playing. Kids had a great time using animal masks and farmer’s hats, as well as pretending to plant some seeds and plowing the land.
Books we read this week: “Noisy Barn”, “The Farm Book”, “Old McDonald”, “Pop Up Farm”, “Funny Fingers, Farm Animals”.
Vocabulary words: Introduce the farm: farmer, crops and animals; Farm vocabulary: barn, fence, pond, hay and field; Farm foods: planting and growing – corn, beans; Introduce farm animals: cow and horse.
Next week’s vocabulary words: Rooster, hen and chicks/ Sheep, pig/ Ducks, turkeys/ Grandpa’s farm/ Introduce Spring: Rain, sun, clouds (umbrella & boots) Rainbow (review colors).