We have finished our unit, All About Me. This week, we focused on our senses. The children made predictions about combining primary colors when we did experiments with milk, food coloring and dish soap. I asked what sense they were using as they watched the experiment, and they said, "sight!" I asked which part of our body we use for sight, and one child said, "ears!" We then talked about how our ears and eyes help us to navigate the world and the different ways they help us.
The children made touchy dragons and felt various fabrics, foil and sandpaper as they glued them on. Today, they had a special snack and tasted seven things, describing the flavors as salty, sour, or sweet. We talked about how we use four or five of our senses when we eat, depending on whether we are eating something that makes a sound, such as crunchy pretzels and whether the food has a smell, such as that of clementines or pickles.
Some feeling monsters still need to find their voices and tell their stories. Other monsters have spoken. One said, "I am happy because I feel loving."
Laura and I acted out a few scenarios. In one, we were two children who were playing and then Laura wanted to play a different game. I didn't want her to leave and held on to her. We asked the children how Laura felt and they said, "sad." Then we asked them what we should have done. We agreed that Laura needed to use her words. "I want to play a different game." I needed to say, "OK," and not use my hands to hold her.
On another day, we acted out situations involving not holding hands at circle time because Laura wanted to hold someone else's hand.
When situations come up, we talk about them and often act them out at snack time so the children can see how those actions impact the other child. We talk as a group about how we can decide to behave differently so our friends will not be not sad.
Sneaky Snake has taken the letters A and V this week.
In the afternoon, children made squirrels using the imprint of their feet. These squirrels are on the tree in the classroom.