We’ve moved on from looking at our bodies and started a new focus, Farms. Our school is located in a small farming town which consists of mainly dairy farms and orange orchards. Therefore a lot of our children are interested in farms and they like to tell us about their tractors, their ponies and their cows. We’ve also noticed that quite a number of the children in our class don’t seem to know their colours so we’ve incorporated colour into our focus. We started off our topic with songs like “The Farmer in the Dell” and “Old MacDonald”. We also read “The Little Red Hen”. We talked about how good friends would help you out if you needed help.
We also decided that good friends would probably share their food with each other. At the activity table we made out own little red hens like these from My Adventures in Preschool.
We drew a curved line along the edge of a rectangle and then cut it out to make our hen’s bodies. We also provided googly eyes, orange card and yellow card for the children to complete their hen with. Some children chose to draw a wing on their hen as well.
We’re also making an Eric Carle “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” style book but ours is called “Red Barn, Red Barn.” Each page is going to have a different coloured farm thing. Here’s a picture of the cover I made for the book.
We painted the cover with watercolour paints and completed the first page about a red barn. The children traced a barn template onto red card and cut it out. We’ve provided a few opportunities for cutting this recently and we are beginning to see improvements and the correct scissor grip. We then glued a couple of popsticks on in an X format to make the door. This sample is incomplete but we trace over the grey word in the appropriate colour to help the children remember what it says.
We’ve also been focusing on a different colour each time we work in our Fine Motor Skills books. We brainstormed things that are red on our whiteboard and then drew the red things in our book.