Volcano

Hey friends welcome back!!!! I sure hope y’all are enjoying your summer as much as we are. I am loving our more laid-back summer schedule but we still are able to fit in some of our experience early learning (formally mother goose time curriculum) into our day. Our preschool curriculum has put together an amazing summertime curriculum called “treasure island.”

Today I would like to share our Volcano day with you.

Volcanoes Waiting

• set out 6 cups (volcano)

• Recite the rhyme and follow the suggested movements

• Subtract one each time by taking a cup away.

Six volcanoes, waiting to blow.

(Crunch low and bounce knees)

The Smoke comes out,

(Crawl fingers from toes to head)

And one EXPLODES!!

(Jump feet apart and reach arms up and out)

This Activity builds cooperation skills by inviting children to participate in a rhyme and following specific movements.

We also discussed what volcanoes were and I showed a few pictures, next I set out a few blocks and encourage the children to build a volcano….. the babies really had a good time knocking it down. Lol

Today in our creative corner we made LAVA art with our preschool curriculum.

LAVA

Supplies from EEL : Tile display, inspiration photo, black sand, paper

Your Supplies: Paint (red, and yellow), shaving cream, glue, containers , charcoal or black rocks.

Set up

• Mix both Colors of paint with shaving cream and glue. place the mixtures in containers. Set out the inspiration photo and any additional materials.

Promos

• What does the lava look like?

• How do you think it feels?

• Will you finger paint or use a rock as a painting to?

• Do you want to sprinkle sand on top of your design?

This next activity was so much fun and I even have a video to share with you!!

This activity was a lot of fun but I would definitely do it outside.

Exploding Volcano

Supplies:

•1 tablespoon baking soda

•4 tablespoons vinegar

•safety goggles or sunglasses

•clear Ziploc bag

•Toilet paper

•paint (optional)

Discuss and explore

• ask what can cause an explosion?

• Invite children to put on safety goggles and ask what do you think we will do with the supplies?

Play together ( how to make Experiment)

• Pour the vinegar into the Ziploc bag.

• Put the baking soda in a piece of toilet paper and wrap to make a pouch.

• Place the pouch into the bag of vinegar and Seal quickly. If desired try the experiment again but this tine try shaking the bag.

• Give each child and observation paper and Crayons then invite them to draw their observations .

We had such a great time The kids even decided to drop a little bit of red paint into the bag to have red foaming volcano bags!!!

I hope you all had a great week and we will see you again soon. Thanks for stopping by.

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning Preschool curriculum in exchange for our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing stuff 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. #preschool #EELblogger Experience Early Learning | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Crawly Things

Welcome to our crawly things week with experience early learning (formally mother goose time.)

We loved experimenting with our foam shapes and making all different types of Crawley things!!!

We also enjoyed reading the book The very hungry caterpillar by. Eric Carle. The we enjoyed watching a video of the very hungry Caterpillar on YouTube.

Next we sat down at the table and made our very own colorful caterpillar using colored styrofoam pieces.

I hope y’all had a great week!!! We will see y’all again soon!!

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning Preschool curriculum in exchange for our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing stuff 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. #preschool #EELblogger Experience Early Learning | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Praying Mantis

Welcome friend this this week with experience early learning (formally mother goose time) we learned about camouflage bugs. We want to share our praying mantis day with you…. let’s start off with our favorite preschool song!!! If You’re a Mantis and you know it….

sing to the tune of “happy and you know it”

If you were a mantis and you know it,

Turn your head.

If you’re a mantis and you know it,

Turn your head.

If you’re a mantis and you know it,

And you really want to show it,

If you’re a mantis and you know it,

Turn your head.

…. stand up tall …… jump up high. … clap your hands

We had so much fun this week Inventing Insects with our pattern blocks.

Mantis Mask

Supplies ( supplied from EEL)

Paper plate, pipe cleaner, circle stickers, and one jumbo craft stick

Your supplies: Markers, blue and yellow paint, scissors, tape

Discuss

• ask, “ How are mantises heads different from yours?”

Make

• encourage children to cut their plates in half then cover them with a mixture of blue and yellow paint.

• Ask “ what color are you making by mixing blue and yellow together?”

• Add eye stickers then use the pipe cleaner to make antennas.

• Attach a craft stick to the mask as a handle.

Play

• encourage children to pretend to be mantises turning their heads to find specific objects, like a sink, toy box, book.

I hope you all had a great week and we will see you again next week. Thanks for stopping by.

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning Preschool curriculum in exchange for our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing stuff 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. #preschool #EELblogger Experience Early Learning | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Bug Homes

Explore insect habits and habitats. And let’s get dirty with plants, dirt, spiderwebs, and beehives!!! Some of the activities we discovered this week with our preschool curriculum were……. diamond leaves, worm tunnels, bug bingo, spiders and webs patterns, and do a hive dance.

Leaf Bugs

Supplies

• inspirational photo (from our preschool curriculum)

• Paper(green and blue) if you want to make your own leaves

• Real Leaves ( this is what we used)

• Hole punch

• Scissors

• Glue

• Markers

Set up

Set the inspiration photo in any additional materials.

Prompts

• what do you notice about the leaf in the photo? What do you think happened?

• How many holes will you punch in your leaves?

• Where Will you put the leaves and bugs on your paper to make the collage?

Worm Trails

EEL supplies

• inspirational photo

• paper

• Fake worm

Your supplies

• Paint

• Dirt or sand

• Glue

• Nature items: sticks, leaves

Set up

• set out the inspiration photo and any additional materials.

Prompts:

• what types of lines do you see in the photo?

• How will you place the worm in your design?

• Will they hide in the sand?

• Could you dip the worms in paint to make warm tails?

I hope you all had a great week and we will see you again next week. Thanks for stopping by.

M As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning Preschool curriculum in exchange for our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing stuff 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. #preschool #EELblogger Experience Early Learning | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Backyard Bugs

Welcome back friends now let’s dive in and get acquainted with the insect in your backyard!!!

This week we learned about ladybugs, spiders, grasshoppers, bees, and ants. Some activities that we did were counting spiders legs, Measuring hops, creating a ant colony, ladybug headband, spider dance, grasshopper hunt, ant hill art, and Bee designs

Ladybug Headband

• headband pattern

• twist ties

• Circle stickers

• Wiggly eyes

• Markers

• Tape

• Glue

Discuss

• Ask, “ what do you think ladybugs eat?”

Make

• invite each child to decorate their headband with circle stickers and markers.

• Glue twist ties and wiggly eyes onto the headband.

• Measure the headband around the child’s head and tape it securely.

Play

• Encourage children to wear the headbands and search for “bugs.”

• Search for different colors or different types then sort them if desired.

Spider

Supplies

• soufflé cup

• Paper

• Yarn

• Scissors

• Glue

• Tape

• Black and yellow Paint

Discuss

• Ask, “ what would you do if a spider sat down beside you?”

Make

• invite the child to decorate a soufflé cup “spider body.” Add a face, if desired.

• Encourage him/her to cut eight legs out of paper then glue/tape them on to the cup. ( we had to use a hot glue gun in order for them to stick…. teacher only)

• Attach a piece of yarn to the top of the cup.

Play

• Invite a child to sit in a chair while you read the Little Miss Muffet poem. (Our preschool curriculum supplied us with a cute poem poster. Then invite a different child to hold the end of their yarn and sit the spider next to the child. Switch roles and play again. Encourage children to try and memorize the poem on their own.

Anthill….. Ant colony

Supplies

• inspirational photo ( supplied from experience early learning)

• Paper

• Cone

• Sand

• glue

• Scissors

• markers

• Paint

• paint brushes

• nature items

Set up

• Set out the inspiration photo and any additional materials

Prompts

• which of the supplies can you use to make an ant hill?

• Will you cut the cone and a half and glue to the paper or make a 3-D model?

• What could you use to make ants? Can you make fingerprint ants?

• What date your items will you need for your design?

I always love the inspiration photo activities from experience early learning (formally mother goose time) it always brings out the children’s individual creativity.

We also made a beehive painting using bubble wrap….. I’m sure all of you guys have a lot of bubblewrap laying around during this COVID-19 time….. I can’t be the only one with a collection of cardboard boxes in my garage… right???

Just grab the bubble rap and yellow and white paint and let them go crazy!!! My one year old loved this activity so much!!

I hope you all had a great week and we will see you again next week. Thanks for stopping by.

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning Preschool curriculum in exchange for our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing stuff 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. #preschool #EELblogger Experience Early Learning | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Exotic Birds

Welcome back to Mrs. Kats Kids this is our last week in our birds and eggs unit with Experience Early Learning ( formerly Mother goose time)

This week we talked about the Ostrich, Penguin, blue crane, and peacock. These types of birds are not normally in your backyard. By including these types of animals into the preschool curriculum, children build a broader range of knowledge of birds.

Unless your David check out this Crane in his backyard!!

How cool is this!!!

We have also had a great time doing our Facebook lives and craft time with our friends at home.

Take a look at a couple of our crafts!!!!

Ostrich head

Supplies: • inspiration Photo • Fork • background paper • orange paper

• eye stickers • paint • glue • crayons or markers • scissors

Set up

• set the Inspiration photo and Any additional materials

Prompts

• what do you notice about the ostrich’s eyes? What do you think the ostrich is looking at?

• How will you use the fork to draw it’s fluffy feathers?

Penguin puppet

Supplies: • Paper plate • paper • eye stickers • black paint • scissors • glue

Discuss

• what do you like best about penguins?

Make

• help children paint the back of the paper plates Black and let them dry.

• Help them fold the plates into penguin shapes.

• Invite children to add sticker eyes then cut out feet and beaks and glue them on.

Play

• encourage children to pretend they are penguins and waddle around the room.

• Invite them to use their puppets to waddle around and talk to each other.

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning Preschool curriculum in exchange for our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing stuff 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. #preschool #EELblogger Experience Early Learning | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Tree Birds

Welcome back Friends this week at Mrs.Kats kids we Learned all about tree birds with experience early learning (formally mother goose time.) Some of the birds that we talked about were bluebirds, woodpecker, eagle, hummingbird, and chickadee. We had a great time exploring this week…… take a peak at a few of our activities from our preschool curriculum.

Bluebird Collage

Supplies: inspiration Photo, paper shapes, paper, paper bird, crayons, glue, and nature items.

Set up

• set out the bird photo, shapes and paper. Gather nature items for children to also use as collage materials.

Prompts

• what designs do you see in the photo? What designs would you like to create?

• Will you arrange your shapes to look like a bird or something else?

• How many birds will you make with the shapes?

We also sang a Bluebird song with our preschool curriculum.

it goes like this…

• Sing to the tune of “The farmer in the Dell

The bluebird’s in the nest.

The bluebirds’s in the nest.

Singing the day away,

The bluebird’s in the nest.

Woodpecker Oscillation Experiment

Supplies:

•paper woodpecker

•Rubber band

•straw

•tape

•scissors

Discuss

• why does a woodpecker peck at wood?

• Explain that woodpeckers do this to mark their territory, search for food and store food.

• Cut the rubber band and straw then thread it through the straw. “ tweezers help”

Play

• explore holding the rubber band in different ways to make it move up and down the “tree.”

We also made easier woodpeckers for the babies out of popsicle sticks.

Hummingbird

Supplies: • inspiration Photo • straw • cupcake liner • background paper • paint • scissors • paintbrush’s • glue

Set up

•set up the inspiration Photo and any additional materials.

Prompts

• What do you notice about the hummingbirds tongue? What is the Hummingbird doing?

• Will you pretend the straw is a hummingbird’s tongue by sticking it in the paint?

• How can you use the straw and paint to decorate the cupcake liners like a flower?

This project will help children learn how to control the small muscles in his/her hands to use the paintbrush and straw.

I hope you all had a great week and we will see you again next week. Thanks for stopping by.

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning Preschool curriculum in exchange for our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing stuff 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. #preschool #EELblogger Experience Early Learning | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Spring is in the air

Welcome back friends we have made it through another week of learning at home!! I made our learn at home bags again this week and went live on my Facebook Page.

This week with our experience early learning curriculum (formally mother goose time) we have been learning about Birds and Eggs. It has been such a perfect theme to do while we are introducing spring time and last week was Easter. This week we talked about Bird Parts and with our preschool curriculum we talked about head and beak, body, wing, feet and claws, and tails.

Baby Bird Pet!!

Supplies: •cardboard tube •feathers •wiggly eyes •markers •glue •scissors •nature items

Discuss: •would you like to have a baby bird for a pet? Why or why not?

Make: • encourage each child to decorate their tube like a baby chick.

Play: • use sticks, rocks or other nature items to build a nest or birdhouse.

• what else might the bird need? Invite children to brainstorm ways to feed and care for their pet check.

Wing

Supplies: • inspiration photo • feathers • paper •glue •paint •scissors • paint brush

Prompts:

• what do you notice about the wing in the photo? How do you think a real feather wing feels to the touch?

• Will you cut the paper into a wing shape?

• Will you use the feather or a brush to paint? What’s different about painting with a feather instead of a brush?

• Will you glue feathers on your wings?

I hope you all had a great week and we will see you again next week. Thanks for stopping by.

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning Preschool curriculum in exchange for our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing stuff 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. #preschool #EELblogger Experience Early Learning | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Learning from home

Well well well! This is a crazy time and boy I never thought I would be blogging about how I am teaching my daycare children from an I-pad.

We started learn at home bags this week and I am also going live on my Facebook page for circle time and craft time. Each day in our preschool curriculum Experience early learning has a craft called “creative corner” and they supply us with the main materials and then I added paints, markers, glue, and scissors to each child’s bags. It was so fun getting out of the house and making deliveries.

During circle time, I have been doing calendar, weather, shapes, numbers, letters and then Giving a brief example of our preschool curriculum study for the day. Some days we have songs and others days we have books to read. I will then explain our craft and then jump back on about 10 minutes later to explain how to make it. The kids have been posting pictures of their crafts in my comments via Facebook post.

Baby Bird Pet!!

Supplies: •cardboard tube •feathers •wiggly eyes •markers •glue •scissors •nature items

Discuss: •would you like to have a baby bird for a pet? Why or why not?

Make: • encourage each child to decorate their tube like a baby chick.

Play: • use sticks, rocks or other nature items to build a nest or birdhouse.

• what else might the bird need? Invite children to brainstorm ways to feed and care for their pet check.

Life is a little different

Welcome back to Mrs. Kat’s Kid’s, as we all know everyones life is a little different these days. As a owner of a In home Daycare, my day has not changed too much. I am used to being at home and entertaining children all day but, on the other hand it has changed so much. My heart is so sad because I did not get to say goodbye to some of the children I see everyday. Its like a part of my heart got ripped out because I was not expecting it. I miss my daycare kids that are not with us durning this time. It makes me sad when we Open our preschool curriculum and I have three extra sets of materials because those children are not here. I saw someone else post about learn at home bags, I thought this would be a great way to interact with the children from home.

I also have my school age children home now and one of my daycare children sisters joining us. It’s been interesting balancing daycare life and homeschool life, but I also think of all the Memories we are making and this extra time that I am getting with my girls. We have had daily walks and our neighborhood has also participated in a bear hunt. Our Neighbors are putting bears in their window and this has been so much fun!!

Going on a bear hunt in the neighborhood

Our unit this month with Experience early learning (formally Mother Goose time) has been Pond life and my school age kids have really enjoyed doing the preschool lessons. I originally had them doing separate work during our work/craft time and they quickly decided they wanted to join us too, so of course I changed their schedule around. One thing I have had my school age children do every morning is scholastic Learn at home and on day 6 the girls got so excited because there was a lesson on pond life. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome/grades-1-2-week-2.html .

This week week with Experience Early Learning we talked about Life in the pond and we talked about snails, crawfish, lizards, alligators, and fish.

Let’s take a look at a few activities we did this week.

Snail Trail

Supplies: •Paper •sand •glue •cotton swab

• The children poured glue onto their paper next they poured sand onto their paper we used the cotton swab and pretended to be a snail making a trail in the dirt. 

Crawfish Clappers

Supplies ( include in your preschool curriculum ) • cardboard rectangles (2) • Bingo chips (4) Your supplies • glue • markers

Discuss • what do you think a crawfish does with its claws? Explain that crawfish use their claws to fight enemies and to catch food. Make • encourage each child to decorate then fold the cardboard rectangles in half. Next glue the bingo chips to the inside of the clappers so they can produce a clicking noise. Play • Play any song on the dance at the pond CD from our preschool curriculum. Have the children dance around using their crawfish clapper.

As we finish up our pond life unit we had a great day picking up nature items on our walk and then coming back home to make our very own mini ponds

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning Preschool curriculum in exchange for our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing stuff 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. #preschool #EELblogger Experience Early Learning | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram