We did a lot of jumping around this week as we made up a new game and traveled like the grasshopper. Nature has an endless supply of lessons and things to share with us at Pebble Pond Preschool. The children found a grasshopper in the yard and asked to learn about it for this week's topic. After catching it, they went into our outdoor classroom and grabbed the observation tube and magnifying glass to get a closer look. After everyone had a chance to gently hold the tube, we let it go back into the wild.
Later on in the week we played a "mother may I" like game where they had to move like a grasshopper from one side of the yard to the other. We jumped, flapped our wings, and walked however many times we were told by the leader. All in Spanish of course. During our art time we made origami grasshoppers and decorated them and also made some from recycled paper tubes. We discussed the parts of a grasshopper, what they ate, and looked at different colored grasshoppers in pictures. There was a bunch of "wow!, that grasshopper is orange!" and such going around when they saw all of the different colored ones. In the afternoons, they have free time art where they can make whatever they want from our accessible art materials. They had fun making leaf confetti and gluing it to their papers. We also had a few excited discoveries on making the color brown and black on accident while painting.
The kids love to pick the radishes that grow in the garden to see which one is big enough to eat. They asked if we could do the radish this week as our edible food and we had fun learning about the benefits of radishes, the parts of the radish, colors, and taste. From our wonderful winter garden, the kids harvested kale, radishes, peppermint, sage, and parsley for a few different meals. We love seeing them get excited when they eat their food and spot the herbs and veggies they picked from the garden. When we were eating one of our soups that was jammed pack with veggies, they announced everyone as they put it in their mouth. One even exclaimed, "Look at me, I am eating kale!"
This week was a first of new games. The director gathered some sticks and colored the ends with paint and the kids took turns on the floor matching the different colored ends. We also tried out a few new wooden memory games where you had to find the animals homes or build a vehicle. But our favorite game that we have played everyday this week is our version of Hullabaloo. First, we drew all of the numbers, letters, shapes, colors, nature items, and food items we have learned about in the last few weeks. Then, we would have one person call it out in Spanish and we had to run to it, about 10 different items. Lastly, the announcer would announce one random item with their eyes closed, and whoever was on that item got to do a silly dance. It was a great game. It got the kids moving, using their new words and it helped other children who may not have remembered some numbers, colors, or items in Spanish engrave it in their memory as we were actively using it in a fun way. Learning through play is always the best way.