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Today we kicked-off our Island Treasure theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) and everyone had a great time.
The first thing on our agenda every morning is to eat breakfast. After that, the kiddos have some time for free play before we go outside.
We sang and danced along with Banana Boogie and then I introduced today's topic, which was of course Island.
The preschoolers and I read the AHOY! book that came in our curriculum kit from Experience Early Learning.
This book was absolutely wonderful. It was an adorable alphabet book with a mystery picture on each page. We read the text, located the first picture and then found the second (mystery picture) that began with that letter.
Not only was this book a great way to practice letter recognition, but it was also a fun way to practice beginning sounds as the kiddos tried to locate something else on each page that started with the same sound.
For example, the A page read: "A is for Anchor." And there was a picture of an alligator sitting on an anchor.
After that, it was time to explore some of our favorite centers.
We made spyglasses and eye patches and practiced writing our names on this month's name tags at the art center.
And on the other table, we had some colored water to practice mixing and measuring and a really cool activity from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) that was called Number Islands.
The skills listed for this activity were Number Concepts and Self Direction.
I filled a plastic bin with water, added foam numbers (1-6) and a die. The preschoolers took turns rolling the die and counting the dots. They found the matching foam letter and pulled that "island" out of the water.
It was a great day and everyone really enjoyed the variety of quick & easy activities that were included in this month's Teacher Guide from Experience Early Learning.
Did I mention that we can't wait to explore the topic of Boat tomorrow?