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

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