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  • Cristi Wuenschel

Learning About Nursery Rhymes with Preschoolers

Updated: Feb 21, 2020

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning preschool curriculum in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing things for children are 100% our own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best judgement when planning activities for your children.

I can't even believe that we're more than half way through our Nursery Rhymes theme from Experience Early Learning. The kiddos are loving it and so are we!

On Wednesday, our topic was Itsy, Bitsy Spider and we learned all about not only the nursery rhyme, but also spiders and webs.

The itsy, bitsy spider

Climbed up the water spout.

Down came the ran

And washed the spider out.

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain

And the itsy, bitsy spider

Climbed up the spout again.

We spent some time reviewing all of the nursery rhymes that we've learned so far this month during circle time and the preschoolers had tons of fun reciting each one of them.

Every day our Teacher Guide gives us so many wonderful ideas that we can incorporate in our classroom.

You'll always find math and literacy activities included with this preschool curriculum as well as art, an investigation station, and of course story suggestions as well.

The preschoolers had the opportunity to make web art with today's invitation to create process art experience.

We are all about process art and making messes. After all, that's how kiddos learn best!

I'm always amazed at just how different each preschooler's artwork turns out. That's actually one of the reasons why I love process art as much as I do.

I can give each child the exact same materials and no two end up looking the same. Experience Early Learning includes prompts for each invitation to create to give us some ideas for great questions to ask the kiddos.

How can you wrap yarn around the plate to make a web?

What can you use to paint glue onto the yarn?

What could the sequins be used for? Spiders? Eggs?

What else can you add to your artwork?

Process art has so many benefits such as encouraging creative thinking and problem skills. Not to mention, increasing the kiddos fine motor skills too.

While I worked on making art with the preschoolers, another teacher was busy with her group and the Spider Web Dramatic Play.

The preschoolers fell in love with this awesome gross motor activity, which was wonderful because we haven't been able to get outside as much we usually do.

It's been really cold for the last few weeks. We're definitely looking forward to the warmer weather that comes with spring.

We set up chairs in a circle and created a large web with ribbon. The children explored moving both over and under our homemade spider web.

Another favorite today was our Valentine's Day sensory bin.

While it wasn't something that was included in the Teacher Guide that came with our preschool curriculum, I used pink, clear, red and white water beads as well as heart cookie cutters, some empty fruit containers, and a few silicone baking cups to make a fun scooping and pouring activity for the preschoolers to do during center time.

One of my favorite things about Experience Early Learning is how versatile it is. We can adjust the activities to fit our needs.

If you're interested in learning more about what we're up to with this month's Nursery Rhymes theme, don't forget to check back next week!

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