Our theme this week was “Cleaning Up on the Farm”. Our titles were: Soggy Saturday by Phyllis Root, Farmer Brown Goes Round and Round by Teri Sloat, and Mrs. Wishy Washy by Joy Cowley.
All three of these books are great and the kids especially like Farmer Brown. The story is about a twister that sweeps through the farm, switching up the sounds the animals make. The pig meows, the horse barks, and farmer brown cocka-doodle-dos.
For our songs this week we did:
The Big Pig Song
There was a pig and he was big
He liked to dig and wear a wig
He did a jig and ate a fig
He was a big, big pig!
(Each time sing it differently: normal, quiet, fast, loud, and slow)
For a cute video of this go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOu-QkmInKc
Five Little Squirrels
Five little squirrels with acorns to store.
One went to sleep and then there were Four
Four little squirrels hunting acorns in a tree.
One fell down, and now there are Three
Three little squirrels wondering what to do.
One got lost, and now there are Two
Two little squirrels tossing acorns for fun.
One got tired, and now there is One
One little squirrel playing in the sun.
He ran away and now there are None
(You will need five paper squirrels for this. This will help your child connect a number to a visual)
Our games included Animal Hunt and Round Up!:
For this game I printed out all kind of farm animals. Each about nine inches. After cutting them out I taped them to the walls all around the room. I put them up mid level, down low, on the doors, and the backs of chairs. The goal of this game is for the kids to hunt for all of the animals that have escaped in the room. When hiding the animals, try to let them be somewhat visible. Also make sure that the kids can reach them without needing to climb on anything.
At least once a month I use the bean bags and a tote to play a throwing game. Every time I use it I change the name to fit our month’s theme. This time it was Round Up! The game is quite simple. Every child gets a bean bag and they get multiple turns at tossing it into the tote. This game is great for hand-eye coordination, aim, and arm strengthening.
Our craft this week was a paper cow mask. If you go to google you can find severl templates for masks. After finding the cow I liked the best, I enlarged it in a word document and printed it out.
Depending on the age of the child doing the craft, you may want to cut the mask out for them. I cut out the eye holes using a cutting board and an exacto knife. Scissors will work but I like the clean lines usnig the razor.
Now that you have your template let the kids make it beautiful! I gave them crayons but markers would work just as well. Don’t tell them what colors cows are in real life. It is important to let them show off their creativity. That may come out as a purple cow or a striped cow.
The next thing we need to do is glue on the ears. It’s good practice for the kids to do it themselves. It is important to practice the things they struggle with now inorder to prepare them for preschool and kindergarten.
The final step requires an adults help. Put a hole in each side of the mask across from the eye holes. I used a hole punch but a sharp pencil will work. Measure a piece of ribbon or string and tie it to one side. Feed the other half into the second hole and put the mask on the child. Tighten the mask so it doesn’t slip down but allow a little wiggle room. If the mask is too tight they will pull it down too hard and tear through the paper.
Now that the masks are done sit back and watch the kids do their best cow!!