B is for bus!
We did several bus related activities today. One of the first things we did was "switch up" story time. I have already used the felt board multiple times to tell stories and so today I put up felt board "Wheels on the Bus" kit (www.discountschoolsupply.com) and at story time said, "Today, you tell me a story." Of course, since preschool children are still relatively concrete thinkers and look around, and then make up their story with whatever they see right in front of them...the story was about the bus. :-) 'Twas fun and when they get stuck on what to say next there are always lovely open ended questions to help extend it.
B is for Bubble Wrap!
Who doesn't love bubble wrap? I love it! Found 2 long pieces in my sensory tub clean out last week and thought...hmmm! B is for bubbles! So...one strip we put out in the living room for stomping and running on. The other we added yellow-lemony smelling dish soap and yellow paint for a sensory/art activity.
A nice variety of rhyming pairs...some familiar, many not! Usually K. will just randomly pick a picture and randomly try to pick its match from the selection and often keep trying the same picture repeatedly but missing others (which usually ends up being the rhyming pair!) So today we learned how to go about it in an organzied way. Laying out the buses, leaving spaces, laying out the students in a row. She then chose a student and said it's object word, then started from the left top hand bus working her way down the column and then from left to right until she found it's pair. She completed the task a lot quicker that way! Just a little bit of individualization as she has a pretty decent grasp on rhyming and is much more successful in tasks when they are organized. Teaching good organizational habits now will help when a child starts formal education. That's one thing I really like about Montessori. Very much into order and organization!
Paper Shape Exploration
I had cut the shapes in accordance the a directional art activity from
I tend to do these a little differently than most teachers that are doing directional art. I think activities like this do have their place every once in awhile...but I definitely don't consider it 'art'! :-) We always do something in addition to activities like these that are more open-ended. These are great fine motor activities, especially if you have tracers and scissors involved! How I do these is I'll make one together with the children...encouraging them to talk me through it...so it looks relatively like the what the "realistic" end product would be. Then, I put mine away. I do not hang it up or show it to them again. I put it away so they can't see it and then I give them the same shapes I had, usually with extras and let them create with them as they would like. They never end up the same! Love that! With this particular bus...I loved that sop (repeatedly) on the stop sign! Not sure if you can see that in the picture. And there are people in the windows!
Yes, we introduced the word but I don't expect preschool children to tell me what it truly is. But we do explore with this kind of thing because then the foundation is being set and brain connections are being made and when they touch on it at school, they'll have an easier time grasping the concept.