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How to Be a Dog

This week is play!

We started with our introduction game, then jumped into our first book, Underwater Dogs: Kids Edition by Seth Casteel.

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Underwater Dogs has tons of the incredible photos Casteel has become famous for. Dogs dive to catch tennis balls, swim to the bottom of the pool to catch rings, and reach their tongues out to lick the camera. The kids loved all the silly faces the dogs made, and they liked pointing out which dogs looked like dogs they knew in real life.

We danced to “Listen and Move” by Greg & Steve this week. It’s a fun song that has the kids match their movement to different kinds of music. They have to tiptoe during soft music and run during frantic music. It’s great for gross motor development!

Next, we did a very brief rhyme called “Tall as a Tree.”

Tall as a tree (stretch arms up high)
Wide as a house (stretch arms out at sides)
Narrow as a pole (hold arms tightly by sides)
Small as a mouse (shrink down until you’re sitting on the floor)

Then we started our second story, How to Be a Dog by Jo Williamson.

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How to Be a Dog was also a hit. It’s an instruction manual for dogs, and it covers such important topics as choosing your person and finding the perfect place to nap. The illustrations have lots of character, and there is a bold contrast between the flashes of vibrant red and the other softer, almost pastel watercolors. The kids found the pictures very funny, especially the ones that showed dogs being silly.

We also had a scavenger hunt this week. We had a stack of large cloth dog bones that had been hidden in the library ahead of time. I instructed the older kids to only gather one or two bones so there were some left for the younger kids. Once the older kids had two bones, I asked them to re-hide them. We played for a few minutes until I was pretty sure everyone had gotten one.

After the scavenger hunt, we went to this week’s stations:

  1. The giant coloring page from last week.
  2. Water beads.
    water beadsI have wanted to try these out forever! They’re an awesome sensory toy. They’re squishy and slippery, and if you pick up a handful and slowly drop them, it sounds just like rain. The younger kids especially liked them.
  3. Sand box.
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  4. Pretend veterinarian.
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    This is a really easy station to set up. We put out stuffed animals and a variety of toys from different doctor and pet play kits we’ve had over the years. This time I also added two very official looking little clipboards with paper and markers.
  5. Cloth toy dogs and fabric markers.
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  6. Our new magnetic wall!

    This was such a fun addition to our program room! The pipes, platforms, and cups can be moved around, tilted, and manipulated. Wooden balls can then dropped onto the course, like a giant version of a marble run. We got ours from Kodo Kids.

See you next week for STEM!

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