We closed out the month this week with some fun storytelling activities. As I was gone for three days on jury duty, Ms. Maddie and Ms. Sarah stepped in. They learned about the letter G and generated quite a nice list of “g” words. They read two popular stories that are fun to retell, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Three Little Pigs.
On Monday, the class was combined with preschool. Check out Sagol’s blog.
Tuesday we read The Three Billy Goats Gruff . We drew the story and build the bridge to retell the story.
Then we had a sensory exploration class with Miss Amber.
Wednesday we read The Three Little Pigs and made the houses from The Three Little Pigs.
On Thursday, the kids compared the two book versions I had of the Goats Gruff story. During lunch, we did the same with two versions of the Little Pigs story. At snack time, we read two nonfiction books about pigs and learned a few facts- they can’t sweat, but they can swim. Also, pigs wallow in the mud to keep cool on hot days. Later on, the kids played with some puppets to retell the story. This turned into a great social lesson in taking turns, since I only have one wolf puppet.
I had left some yardsticks out in the construction area, and Marko and Emmett used them to build bridges, some quite complex.
Most kids painted watercolor pictures for their families today too. All in all, a good day for the kids, and it felt great to be back at school for me.
Friday: The plan is to build some straw, stick and block table-top structures in the morning, and then have the kids try to blow them down, like the wolf in the story. We’ll also have lots more storytelling play with the puppets, as well as read a few different versions too. Maybe we can make up our own version? That all depends on their interest, and I’m willing to follow their lead. We will vote on whether to change the dramatic play area to a home kitchen or a coffee shop/bakery for the month of November.
A peek at next week: The letter Hh, new games, puzzles, and dramatic play set up in the room. This entire month we will focus on our five senses, beginning with sight. We will have the light table this month to explore.
L’hitraot, Ms. Amanda