This week we continued learning about things that live in and around the pond. We focused on the bugs like grasshoppers, dragonflies, beetles, and bumblebees!
A few of the favorite pond books we read this week were In the Small, Small Pond, Pond Circle, and All About Insects. These books helped us learn that even the tiniest creatures are important to lots of other animals and people!
On Monday we talked about bumblebees and how they drink nectar from flowers and collect pollen for their hive. We also made a project painting paper plates and sticking on stripes to make individual bees!
On Wednesday I brought in some water from the pond for the children to observe next to some clean water from our sink. I asked which water they would rather drink and the response was clear NOT to drink the pond water. We saw how there were plants, bugs, and dirt floating around in the tinted color water vs the clear fresh water from the faucet. So many tiny things are always living and working in the pond, even if they are too small to see!
On Thursday we talked about dragonflies! Dragonflies zip around on quiet sparkly wings and are an insect we see a lot around our pond and playground. To make wings like a dragonfly, everyone stuck on patterns of sequins to clear contact paper. When held up to the light of the window, it sparkles just like dragonfly wings!
This week I introduced a few new items to our house center for groups of friends to play having a picnic. We talked about how to share and take turns with the dishes, food, and baskets. There is also a current interest in playing on the toy phones so we added some of those as well!
Some pond-related activities to choose during free-play were jumping frogs and turtles, hexagon connectors to make small ponds for the animals, a bug matching game with magnet letters, and counting bugs in a jar.
It was a super hot and sunny week outside and luckily we were able to go outside most days to cool off in the sprinkler. There are buckets to fill and pour, and water toys that spin and move when water is poured through. There is also a quieter area to use cups and paintbrushes on the sidewalk to paint with water and chalk. We also try to keep everyone hydrated with regular water breaks in the shade.
In the afternoons and on days when it is too warm to go out, we get more time to run around inside the big room to build and play games together, practice our sports skills, and ride on the car toys.
Finally this week we celebrated TWO birthdays happening on Saturday – Yom huledet sameach to Kate turning 3, and Madison turning 4!
Shabbat Shalom and have a great weekend!
- Ms. Maddie and Mr. Benny