Friday, May 15, 2015

Poop, Paint and Prayers...Oh My!

Playing with Poop, Paint and Prayers

Oh, don't get crazy! Of course, I don't mean real poop...WORM POOP

Another Mother Goose Time amazing week.
Yes, preschoolers learn about gardening all of the time and how flowers grow, etc. My children's old nursery school, even went as far as to have them learn about chlorophyll. Now, do the kids actually understand the concept of chlorophyll? No. They were just being parrots and repeating what the teacher was saying and knew what question prompted the answer, chlorophyll. However, it was still amazing that she was getting an introduction to a new word and she was pretty proud of herself when she said such a big wprd. So, I was happy.
But here comes Mother Goose Time who takes the garden theme to a much more age appropriate level and digs (pun intended) so much deeper then just having them mimic words. Not just painting pots, planting a seed and making flowers out of construction paper. We did do those activities but then we went further.
We are going to explore the entire garden from soil to seed to flower to animals that live in the garden! We are going to learn how these animals help the flowers. Essentially, we are learning the circle of life in a super kid friendly amazing way!
We ended this weeks lesson with learning about wiggly worms!
Did you know that worm poop helps the soil grow by giving it nutrients that help the flowers? Let's practice some motor skills and roll out some wiggly worms. Then, lets use our Math skills and have the worm poop 10 times. For our little, we took this time to also talk about colors, shapes and how the play dough feels. And of course, this ties in respect as I spoke to them about respecting the worms when we see them, sharing as they shared the play dough and kindness as we talked about how worms and flowers work together without even knowing it and that is so kind.


After we had our fun with play dough we went on to one of the girls favorite activities...painting. Except this time was different. The paint was set up in their trays with the colors they asked for. The paper was set out that they were going to paint on. But what was missing? THE PAINTBRUSH!

We used the little rubber worms that was provided this month and before we began, I gave them an opportunity to tell me what they felt. Sonia told me it was very long and stretched it out to show me how it gets even longer. Daniella giggled and said it was so soft.

And off they go!

Daniella decided the worm took too long and just started hand painting...Sonia followed afterwards too! 


Prayer Time

This was a beautiful lesson for both Sonia and I. Daniella decided at this point, she was done with school and took her 2.5 year old self to the other room to play with blocks.
I read the cards and all of the prompts to Sonia about how God has given us the Word on how to live our life in a happy, fulfilling manner. He tells us what we can do to be our best self. It is our choice whether we listen to him or not. Pretend it is like a seed, He hands us a seed that says love your sister. You can throw it out the window into the rocks and never see it again or you can plant it and watch it grow.
As I handed her the seed, I told her this was the seed of being kind to your sister. I asked what she would like to do with it and reassured her that I would allow her and not be upset with her with whatever choice she made. I was fully prepared to open the window and let her throw it outside if she chose. She did not. She chose to plant it. Each morning, when we water it, we will take a moment to remember what we planted and say a prayer asking God to help us throughout the day to be kind to our sister.

Daniella came back after she heard the fun we were having and wanted to join us. We made our birds. The birds were to reinforce the Bible teachings of when the birds came down and ate all the gardeners seeds. We discussed how we would feel if a bird ate all of our seeds.

I also used this opportunity to sit back and assess where the girls were on an educational level. I did not tell them what to do at all. I laid the material out and said make a bird anyway you would like. I even paid attention to how they utilized the material and problem solved. The girls are right on target.

The yellow legs were used by Sonia as "cutie marks" like the my little ponies have"

Great week thanks to this great program. We took the gardening theme on a field trip and went to the Old Westbury Garden. Check out that blog post too.
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