Over the past two days we have continued our "Monkey" theme. What child doesn't LOVE to play monkey (bouncing, jumping, pretending to swing from vines, monkey walk and talk), eat monkey food (bananas, oranges, apples, LOTS of fruit!!), and play monkey games (chase, picking bugs ((pretending!!) from each other's hair and snuggle)???
Each child took home five little monkeys yesterday to go along with our song Five Little Monkey's Jumping on the Bed!
This is another little Youtube clip we viewed today. It shows a great example of monkeys using their tales to swing, climb and play. The children wanted to see it AGAIN!
We also played this little game of "Spot the one that's different!" We talked about the monkeys sitting, standing, pointing and scratching their heads and worked together to spot the ones that were the same and the ones that were different. To make it a bit more challenging for fine motor skill development we used clothes pins to mark the one that was different.
We LOVE to READ!
Speaking of reading this little list shows our selected reading today, this isn't all our books though! We also again practiced naming our emotions and what situations might we feel that way with the book, On Monday When It Rained.
We didn't stop our learning day there, though! We also continued with our Hooked On Phonics lesson as we made Marvelous "M" with glue and glitter, naming the letter, sound and examples of words we found in our books that began with an "m" and words we could think of...like "mommy" (our favorite 'M' word!!). Have a great day and make sure you PLAY!!!
This week we are discussing monkeys, and the letter "M". The below link I have shared with the children today as we have discussed, "What makes a monkey, a monkey??" We read the book, Monkeys Are a Lot Like Us, by Allan Fowler and learned that "Most monkeys have tails, but you will never se an ape with a tail." We also learned that monkeys like to play, take naps and eat fruit, JUST LIKE US! They bang on rocks and trees, can use tools and snuggle each other for love.
We practiced being monkeys and swinging from a vine, making monkey sounds like "Ooh, Ooh, Aah, Aah," and giving each other lots of snuggletime. We practiced the sound that the letter "M" makes in the beginning of the word "MMMMMMmonkey!" We also cut the letter "M" out with our scissors during our play dough playtime and we shaped and molded the letter "M" with long pieces of rolled up dough snakes.
We also practiced this sound "MMMMmmmmMMMM," after we made a treat for ourselves of air popped popcorn. We think that monkeys WOULD like popcorn if they had the chance to try it!
This afternoon since it will be VERY hot outside, we will bring our painting indoors and paint rain forest pictures with light and dark green. We will observe the differences of the greens as we mix the paint ourselves using green and white paints. We will also continue our Hooked on Phonics lessons, and practice our new song Five Monkeys Jumping on the BED!!!
Life is made of moments...
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