As we continue with our storytelling unit, we are to looking closely at classic fairy tales and the different ways they are told. The last two weeks, we inquired into The Three Little Pigs. The children crafted straw, stick and brick houses onto cardboard to role play with. They dressed up to role play the story, used puppets and also built intricate houses out of playdough and other supplies to retell the story in different ways. While doing this, we also used mathematical language to compare the size and weight of the pigs and their houses.
This week, we have focused on the Three Billy Goats Gruff. The children set the scene up in the tuff spot (meadow, river, grassy knoll) and built a bridge over the river to retell the story. They have also been using puppets and re-reading the different versions of the stories read so far.
We have also set up a felt story telling board in our classroom. The children are telling stories through songs we have learned throughout the year.
In Maths, we continue to compare size and weight through our Unit of Inquiry activities. We also introduced a Birthday Bears activity as well, which uses manipulatives to represent numbers in different ways.
In English we have been playing with rhythms and rhymes both is stories and songs. This can be a bit challenging at this age. We always take the time to point out the rhymes in stories so the children have time to listen and process them. The children are always writing, but this week have been practicing forming the letters in their friends’ names.
As we continue with our mindful yoga practice, mindful coloring has been introduced. Wow, what a hit! This allows for them to quietly focus on their own work while listening to mindful music. This is a great exercise that requires focus and concentration and is excellent for fine motor development. Included below are some other movement activities that were introduced.
Have a lovely and relaxing holiday,
Deborah & Mai