Tuesday, August 28, 2012

learning about tasting and touching, smelling and listening

Our morning started out with the use of the view masters.  As the children came in one by one, two by two, each was given a view master and a disc that they could look at.  They passed them around as they finished one, then were able to look at each of the discs because they were oohing at each picture, wanting to share what they were looking at.
As you can see, Brig has a red one, Brook a green one and Coop an orange view master
Avery chose a green one and Ivy had a red one

They would have looked at discs all morning, but we finally had to move on to another subject.

If you remember, we are learning about our bodies  Today we talked a little abut how the brain manages our senses.  So we now have on our papers our hands and feet, and our nose, mouth and eyes and ears.
When we went into the kitchen for our snacks, Brig had brought apples and cheese for our snack today.  I was able to cut the apple through the middle and ask them what they saw.  Of course, the response was "seeds".  I showed them that there was a star in the middle of the apple. They also remembered another star that appeared--when Jesus was born.  Interesting. . . . .  While they ate their snacks, we had a good time smelling and tasting various other fruits.  First, the apple, then the strawberry, and then pineapples.  For a variety, we then smelled the peanuts, and tasted them and told about the differences.  We also ate cheetos and tasted salt and even flour.  Ugh, they did not like flour and I suggested that if they added some water, sugar, yeast and oil, that they might like the dough when it was made into those cheetos, or bread.  They were very good to at least taste the items, though several made it known that they did not like certain things.

When we went to the play room, we took pictures of those hands and feet and spent a couple of minutes talking about feeling.  We had touched various things to see the difference in textures--cotton, paper, wig hair, and netting and plastic.  We wondered what would happen if we could not feel--what would too much cold do, or heat?
How do we protect our bodies?  Safety glasses, shoes, clothing.
 Each time we get into the preschool closet we find just another special thing to play with
 Ivy seems to wander over to the dolls
 Brig has to be rolling, hitting or throwing something.  This discovery was the bowling ball and pins
 Brook decided she also liked to play and Ivy helped put up the pins, four, three, two, one.
Who is this little dinosaur?  Brook
 Brig moved on over to the potato head family
While Coop had his turn in the dino costume

 Next we made these cute little potato head activities  What do I use to . . . . .see, hear, touch, taste, smell

And the best part of the day was reading time. . . . .

What am I was quick and easy and talked about shapes  An easy read
Stellaluna, they said, was a little long, but they sat still and listened to the end. 
Another day in preschool and a fun time was had by all!!. . . . . . .

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