This week we expanded on our lessons about the five senses. We had a baking dramatic play area, lots of songs and movement, and lots of sensory toys to explore.
On Monday we did some review of each sense from last week with optional activities at the table matching and sorting picture cards.
Then it was all about taste! We learned that we use our tongue to taste things and that there are different parts of our tongue that can taste different flavors like sweet, salty, bitter, and sour.
At circle time we thought back to fall and tasting different color apples. Everyone put their name under either the red, yellow, or green apple to vote. We agreed that red apples can taste bitter or sweet, yellow apples taste sweet, and green taste sour! It was a tie for favorite between red and green.
Later we started our group activity by talking about opinions and how sometimes we might think a food is yummy but someone else could think it tastes yucky! Everyone got one or two foods to sort into yummy or yucky based on their own opinion.
We then got to share our opinions on foods in 4 categories of taste. Everyone got a lemon for sour, marshmallow for sweet, pretzel for salty, and semi-sweet chocolate for bitter. It was an interesting experiment on our taste buds! Some friends challenged themselves to a bigger taste of lemon for an extra sour funny face!
On Tuesday we sang “The Bear Went Over the Mountain” and added verses for all of the senses so the bear saw, heard, tasted, smelled, and touched different things all over the forest. We also sang a song of the senses to remind us what all the body parts do!
During group time we reviewed all of the concepts by sorting pictures on the ground into which sense category you would use for that object. Some pictures could belong in more than one category which made us discuss the multiple senses we might use at the same time!
On Wednesday we reviewed more about the parts of the body that we use to sense our environment. In the first part of the morning everyone colored in a picture that we later labeled with which sense goes where. There was a laminated folder activity out during the rest of the week for the children to practice labeling the body over and over!
During circle time we sang “My Body is Part of Me” and later got to dance to “Goofy Guf” during school music!
We made a fun little tactile project during group time rolling and pressing handprints into salt dough. If all goes well they will dry so that we can paint them and give them as a gift to our family!
Thursday was a continuation of concept review and the labeling activities. We read a short story and then colored in the pictures to create another class-made book!
During circle time we brought the rhythm sticks out to sing good morning and a few other favorite songs. We also listened to a story about feeling mad/angry through our second step lesson.
On Friday we will close out our five senses unit. We will do a fun activity putting all of our sensory knowledge together using popcorn! We will describe how the popcorn looks, smells, sounds, feels, and tastes and record our observations. In warmer weather one day in the future we might get to take a walk and explore the outdoors with our senses! For now we will look out the window and imagine what sounds and smells are out there in the cold.
Next week Mr. Benny will lead in lessons about nutrition and personal health.
Shabbat Shalom, stay warm!
Ms. Maddie and Mr. Benny