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$12.00Bugs and children go hand in hand in the summer!$12.00Have some fun in snow$12.00Bubbles, balloons and kites ... Running through sprinklers ... Gentle breezes and summer rain ... Most of us have memories of hours of spring and summer fun using wind and water. Water play is lots of fun for children and can be done any time, inside or out. And, most children don't need much direction in getting started! Children may have more limited experience with 'wind play', but almost all children love bubbles and balloons! This Unit helps children begin to understand that wind and water are 'forces of nature' that can be harnessed to provide energy and power for many things. Wind and water are easy to access, 'free' materials readily available for children to explore. Through hands-on activities, children:
‘Planting A Rainbow’ Unit Book by Lois Ehlert Sunny days in the garden ….. The sprinkler swishing to and fro ….. Amazement as the seeds turn into beautiful flowers …… The book Planting a Rainbow can evoke these memories of childhood gardening. Planting seeds and watching them grow into beautiful flowers or wonderful vegetables is a great way to expose children to the wonders of the environment. Once children have experienced the colors that can be found in the garden, they will be more aware of colors in every part of their world. Gardening is also great physical exercise, can be a tool to teach scientific observation and recording, and may instill in children the love of caring for our environment … all good things! There are so many great activities that can be based on gardening, and all the colors that surround us. Through hands-on activities, children: • Write their names (letters or other words) using seeds • Use rainbow ribbons in a Maypole dance • Squish-paint to make a crown of rainbow-colored flowers • Turn fruit into rainbow skewers, yum! Planting A Rainbow by Lois Ehlert may inspire young children to become ardent gardeners, a practice that can become a life-long interest.$12.00Explore winter fun!$12.00Spring is happy time of year! Get out there and explore with your children and catch their excitement!$12.00Digging in soft garden soil ... Carefully planting the seeds ... Watering, weeding and watching ... Ah, finally after many weeks of caring for the garden, fresh vegetables! There is nothing more rewarding (or better tasting!) than fresh vegetables from the garden you have planted and taken care of! Children learn so many things from having their own garden. They gain a sense of accomplishment and pride; they learn about how plants grow through careful tending; and they learn how wonderful fresh vegetables taste (hopefully they will taste what they grow!). Children actively explore vegetables in this Unit through:
- Learn how air can move things
- Explore the different materials that can be moved by air
- Differentiate between 'more' and 'less' through counting 'raindrops'
- Use various equipment (cups, funnels, turkey basters, strainers etc.) to explore the properties of water
$12.00Bread Unit of Study Highlights Measuring and mixing ….. The smell of yeast in the air ….. Melting butter on bread fresh from the oven …… Nothing better the smell and taste of fresh baked bread! Children today may not have experienced the yummy smell of yeast bread baking in the oven. But for many of us, it brings a nostalgic memory of moms or grandmas baking bread. Why a Unit on Bread? From Wikipedia “Bread is a staple food prepared from a dough of flour and water, usually by baking. Throughout recorded history it has been popular around the world and is one of the oldest artificial foods, having been of importance since the dawn of agriculture.” Bread is found throughout the world and is one of the many things that can show a connection between cultures and countries. Not only is bread good for eating, children can also learn many skills through the study of bread including: • Using fine motor skills to create letters out of dough • Practicing counting and naming numbers • Imitating life with the Bread Baking Dramatic Play box • Creating yummy bread art Bread is a staple in all cultures – just in different forms. Fun to try the many different types!$12.00Find colors every where!$12.00Children are growing, developing, and challenging what their bodies can do every day! The Summer Olympics provide a great example of how dedicated athletes come together with athletes from all over the world to celebrate their hard work and achievements. This can be a great time for children to think about their own physical fitness skills, and set goals to work towards fulfilling. Being physically fit is a goal we have for life-long success. Through hands-on activities, children:
- Learning about different vegetables through language activities
- Tasting a variety of vegetables in the New One A Day challenge
- Create their own vegetable garden in the Cement Block Veggie Garden activities
$12.00The creak of leather from a saddle….. The snort and whinny of a horse….. Clip-clop and giddy-up…… These are sounds that are very familiar to those that have been around horses. Current day rodeos evolved out of the activities and chores from old-time cowboys that worked on cattle ranches in the West. Rodeo cowboys and cowgirls are some of the toughest and most graceful athletes there are in the competition world. It takes hours of practice, the mental and physical toughness to experience pain and defeat, and a competitive spirit. Young children love to learn about the many different things in their world. Through hands-on activities, they: • Develop a larger, working vocabulary through books, discussions, finger plays and songs • Practice counting skills through a ‘horseshoe’ game • Make a vest, chaps, bandana and hat – just like the rodeo cowboys! • Taste a yummy cowboy stew, made to their liking Rodeos are fun for everyone, and are held throughout the country.$12.00‘Stellaluna’ Unit of Study Highlights Book by Janell Cannon The warmth of a mother’s love ….. The fear of being in a strange place ….. Overcoming fear by finding new friends…… Most of us have experienced how frightening it can be when we find ourselves in a new and strange place. Just as Stellaluna did. This is such a sweet story of a little bat who is separated from her mother, and finds herself in a nest of baby birds. In order to survive, Stellaluna learns to eat bugs and sleep at night, but she can’t let go of the need to hang up-side down. This story can generate some great discussions on how it feels to be different, and the need to make some changes to ‘fit in’ without losing the essence of who you are. This book illustrates how we can be different from others, and yet have similarities. Through hands-on activities, children: • Identify common sets of opposites • Examine similarities and differences • Use dramatic play to re-enact the story • Develop fine motor skills and visual acuity through finding and sorting objects in a sensory tub Children will identify with how Stellaluna feels when she falls from her mother into a nest of birds. They will delight in how brave she is, and the relief she feels when reunited with her mother. Lots of great emotions to uncover!
- Learn about the Olympics and the dedication it takes to be an Olympic athlete
- Use various tools to measure, weigh and time objects and activities
- Participate in their own Olympic Games complete with an Olympic Parade