After breakfast and a bit o' morning circle time our sleepy crew needed some fresh air and fun!
We decided to get a new perspective on our sprinkler play and hang it from the tree upside down, after all, our theme this week is WATER!
We are singing about water, reading about water, playing in the water, washing with water, sorting measuring and counting...all with WATER!!! Our heat index is about 105 for the week, so water play is THE choice around here for summertime fun! I L.O.V.E. that my Mother Goose Time curriculum works math, science, literature, music, and dramatic play into our days. YAY!!! Look at those little faces...make me melt (no hot weather pun intended...o.k....maybe a little intended ;)).
We built a car wash, and a shower station, we danced and sang in the rain, we measured, filled, poured, and refilled. Our baby shampoo came in handy to make certain it wouldn't hurt little eyes as they practiced and roll played "shower time" and "Workin' At The Carwash, YA'!" (your singing now too :))
When I showed the children this image during circle time they got giddy! They KNEW we were going to be washing, scrubbing, and soaping down EVERYTHING. We also LOVED our sweet little Emergent Reader book, "I Wash," by I Can Read - Mother Goose Time.
Think "water play" is just play? We've got it ALL covered!!!
My 4's and 5's are ALL about learning to read and they LOVE it when they get new Emergent Reader books to take home and share with their families!
I LOVE being able to provide them with full color literature to take HOME!!! I am a firm believer in developing a little one's love for reading from the day they are born. When a child can be "hands on" in every aspect of their daily "play" it becomes real and personal. They are submerged in the story when they get to touch it, turn pages, feel the paper in their little hands. They take ownership of the learning when they are empowered with the control to be able to follow along as they decide. This is HOW important being able to give them each a book is to me.
Here is what the ITLC has to say about what little one's learn prior to being able to read themselves from programs with LOTS of literacy.
"Starting from birth children learn about books by listening to stories being read to them. As they grow and are able to handle books, they learn that there is a front and back cover and pages. Children as young as 24 months develop a sense about literacy as they explore books and engage in storybook reading activities. Children learn many skills as they are given opportunities to participate in literacy activities during their preschool years.
Emergent Literacy ConceptsChildren develop concepts about print as they explore books by themselves or with others. These concepts include the understanding that:
Once it was time to dry out, we enjoyed nature another way...
We took our sweet little "Close To Nature" journals by Mother Goose Time outside and first read, "Get Close To Nature - A Guessing Book" by Experience Early Learning.
We looked closely at the grass, the Morning Glories, Dandelions, leaves, worms, beetles, anything we could find really. We observed and then drew pictures to record what we saw outside before coming in. After all this "quiet play" we did sneak in some "bug" races! We ran like a butterfly, a beetle, a caterpillar, and a fly!
No day is complete without a song!!!
And now to a new favorite book of ours!
Life is made of moments...
"There isn't anything more full of hope, joy and peace than a child's smile... It captures the mundane and makes it extraordinary." - LaDonna Woolsey
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