The Coconut Tree

Sunday, June 28, 2020 No comments


This week we did so many fun Learning Activities with Experience Early Learning Curriculum . Our Theme this month is Treasure Island and this week we learned about The Coconut Tree.
I am so thankful for the opportunity to use  Experience Early Learning Curriculum with my students and to share our experiences on my blog. 
In exchange for my unbiased and honest reviews Experience Early Learning has provided me with the curriculum free of charge.
I have used Experience Early Learning Curriculum in my Classroom since 2017. This Curriculum has been a True Blessing for me and my students! ❤️
 
This summer my grandchildren have been such Wonderful Students! We’ve been having so much fun and making such good memories!

Way Up High 
So this week we learned about Coconut Trees. I asked the children what fruit grows on trees?  They answered with oranges, apples and bananas. I told them there are many more as well.
Such as apricots, cherries, lemons, limes, coconuts, grapefruits, mangoes, nectarines, peaches, pears, persimmons, plums, and pomegranates, to name a few!




Here is a really cute Coconut Tree Rhyme with a little Math Fun I want to share with you.

Way Up High , In The Coconut Tree 🌴
Five Big Coconuts Smiled At Me  🥥 🥥🥥🥥🥥
I Shook The Tree As Hard As I Could
Down Came A Coconut Hard As Wood 🥥🥥🥥🥥
OUCH!
The rhyme is so cute! During a regular Pre-K school day we would enjoy it during Circle Time or Music Time.

Some Things About Coconut Trees
A coconut tree is a type of palm tree. A coconut fruit is a drupe. Inside the hard shell of a coconut is soft fleshy fruit and coconut water. Coconuts grow in warm climates such as the Philippines, Indonesia and India.


Coconut Tree Wand Art

We moved on to Art Time - Make & Play and the children made some of the cutest and at the same time funniest 😂 looking 
Coconut Tree Wands. We had a really good laugh! 🤣
The trees kept falling over.






For the Coconut Tree Wand the children fringe cut the paper. They wrapped it and the festoon around the tube. They decorated the tube with markers to look like a tree trunk.
Such a fun Treasure Island Art Activity! During a regular Pre-K Day , Art Center is set up During Learning Center Time.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Story Time with my Granddaughter.

Then Making a song out of the words in the book was a lot of fun.

Such a Wonderful Favorite! During a Pre-K Day the children enjoy Story time after lunch. 




Alphabet Tree Game 
Small Group Literacy 


To play this game they would show a letter in the book , say it’s sound then find the letter coconut and put it on the tree. During a regular  school day I would do this with my Pre-K Students during Learning Centers.
They enjoyed this fun game! ABC 🌴🥥🥥










Falling Coconuts
Number Concepts 

This is a fun hands on math game for children. They can play it with brown playdough. I used brown construction paper as an alternative because I didn’t have playdough. This game will be a hit with pre-k children because they will be having so much fun while they are gaining math skills.

Counting Coconuts and placing them one to one on the dots (counting when touching each dot) teaching one to one correspondence. Place the Hands on Number on Mat to teach Number Recognition.


During a Pre-K Day we would play this game during Learning Centers.


Closing Time
Time for a Little Music and Movement 

Coconut Letter Dance
It’s time for The Coconut Letter Dance.💃🌴🥥 
While we play the ABC Song on the Dancing on Alphabet Island CD ,  

For this Dance the children listen to the music and hop along the path as the letters are sung.





More ABC Fun! ! 🌴   On a Pre-K Day we would enjoy this during Music Time! This is a great Letter Recognition Dance.

We had such a Wonderful Week of Learning with Experience Early Learning. We learned All About 
Coconut Trees  and  can’t wait until next Week’s Learning Adventures.
Disclaimer: I am so thankful for the opportunity to use Experience Early Learning formerly Mother Goose Time Curriculum with my students. I can’t wait to share our learning experiences on my blog. In exchange for my unbiased and honest reviews, Experience Early Learning has provided us with the curriculum free of charge.

Exploring the Island

Sunday, June 21, 2020 No comments




This week we did so many fun Learning Activities with Experience Early Learning Curriculum . Our Theme this month is Treasure Island and this week we learned about Treasure Maps.
I am so thankful for the opportunity to use  Experience Early Learning Curriculum with my students and to share our experiences on my blog. 
In exchange for my unbiased and honest reviews Experience Early Learning has provided me with the curriculum free of charge.
I have used Experience Early Learning Curriculum in my Classroom since 2017. This Curriculum has been a True Blessing for me and my students! ❤️

Learning About Treasure Maps

Today We Learned About  Treasure Maps. First I asked the children some questions about treasure and here is what they had to say. I always look forward to hearing their answers! 😂 They make me Laugh and Surprise me sometimes!


Where would you hide treasure?
In a snowy mountain cave.
Under my mattress.


Name a good hiding place in this room.
The cat tree
Behind the painting 
A secret compartment


Why would someone want to hide treasure?
To keep it safe.
To make sure no one gets it.



What would you like to find in a treasure chest?
A Pet Rock.
A Stuffed Animal.
A Magic Conch Shell.
😂😜

The children made a cute captain hat to wear for their treasure hunt. This was included in week one of the curriculum but I saved it for today.



After the children made their Captain hats it was time to make a Treasure Map.

Treasure Map

First they were given a blue piece of paper which they crumpled up and then straightened out.


Then they placed their shapes on the map and secured with tape.



Then they added details and symbols on the map.

My granddaughter’s treasure map had one path that led to a boat, a necklace, a dolphin, a diamond necklace and a stuffed animal. She added some sequins as well.




My grandson’s treasure map had 2 paths. Path one had a beach with nothing on it. A key in a hole. A snowy mountain with a treasure.
Path two had a lake with a diamond. Snowy mountain, but it could not be opened without key.


There was more treasure under the flap. They had so much fun creating their treasure maps . They spent a lot of time on the details.


Finding the Jewels Game
Anytime it has anything to do with jewels kids get excited no matter their age. 😊


  
For this game we hid the jewel shapes under the basket. They chose a jewel shape card
and then a jewel shape for a match.If it was a match it went in the treasure basket.





 
Island Hidden Words and the Alphabet Book

With this activity they chose a card from the pile and looked at the picture and identified what letter it started with. They went through their Treasure Island Alphabet book and found the Letter and completed that page.








We had such a Wonderful Week of Learning with Experience Early Learning. We learned All About 
Treasure Maps  and  can’t wait until next Week’s Learning Adventures






Disclaimer: I am so thankful for the opportunity to use Experience Early Learning formerly Mother Goose Time Curriculum with my students. I can’t wait to share our learning experiences on my blog. In exchange for my unbiased and honest reviews, Experience Early Learning has provided us with the curriculum free of charge.

At the Beach

Saturday, June 13, 2020 No comments


This week we did so many fun Learning Activities with Experience Early LearningCurriculum. Our Theme this month is Treasure Island and this week we learned about Crabs and Did Fun Sand Castle Learning Activities as well.
I am so thankful for the opportunity to use  Experience Early LearningCurriculum with my students and to share our experiences on my blog. 
In exchange for my unbiased and honest reviews Experience Early Learning has provided me with the curriculum free of charge.
I have used Experience Early Learning Curriculum in my Classroom since 2017. This Curriculum has been a True Blessing! ❤️

Learning About Crabs

As we began our week with 
At the Beach  🦀
This is a fun tune we heard to 
“0ne Potato, Two Potatoes” 
Called One Crab, Two Crabs 
1 crab, 2 crabs, 3 crabs, 4, 
5 crabs 
Clacking at the shore
6 crabs, 7crabs, 8 crabs, 9,
10 crabs walking in a line.
  🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀

As We Looked At the Crab Conversation Poster
We discussed some things we already know about crabs.
They walk funny!
They have really big claws!
They pinch you!

Here are  some new things we learned about Crabs this week!

You can find crabs living on rocky shores, beaches and in the ocean.
Crabs usually have a distinct sideways walk. 
Some crabs can walk forwards or backwards, and some are capable of swimming.

Some Amazing Crab Art 
The children made the cutest Crab Shakers for 
Make and Play!

They cut out the legs and pinchers and colored the cup red.
They glued the legs and pinchers on & applied the sticker eyes. So cute!



Crab Grab Game 
This Activity was totally hilarious and so much fun! First I set out a Sand Mat with Jewel and Sea Shell Counters. I also added tongs for each child. For this activity the children used the tongs to grab the jewels and sea shells.



The Children Learned That Grabbing With Tongs Isn’t So Easy
They were laughing so hard because they couldn’t use their hands and they could only use the tongs to grab the shells and jewels. The jewels started flying across the room when they would grab them with the tongs.

They were saying some funny things like:
Do you need to cheat?
This is terrible!
I’ll show you how to do it!
I will never get this! 😂
This is crazy! 🦀







My grandson said he laughed so hard his tummy hurt! 😂

Sandcastles At The Beach
I will make a Magical Sand Castle!
My Sand Castle will be Ancient!

As we looked at the Sand Castle Inspiration Poster we noticed all the rooms and the beautiful detail. 


I asked them what rooms they thought were in the castle.
They thought a royal ballroom, a dining room, a dragon dungeon and an armory room were inside the Sand Castle.

Creative Corner & Creating Sand Castles
Using various materials such as Sand Sheets, Cellophane & Sand the children began to create their Sand Castle Creations.
They drew their castles, added cellophane for water or windows. They cut out their castles and glued them to the blue background paper.






Their Castle Designs Were Really Beautiful!


Build a Castle Game


The children are always really excited to play a board game 
from Experience Early Learning. So they were excited to see this game. 


It involved rolling a die, identifying the number and moving the crab that many spaces. If they rolled 3 they collected 3 sand castle building cups. At the end of the game they counted to see who had the most sand castle building cups.
Then they built a Castle Together!






We had such a Wonderful Week of Learning with Experience Early Learning. We learned All About 
Crabs & Sandcastles and  can’t wait until next Week’s Learning Adventures.



Mrs. Vonda’s Pre-K







 

Disclaimer: I am so thankful for the opportunity to use Experience Early Learning formerly Mother Goose Time Curriculum with my students. I can’t wait to share our learning experiences on my blog. In exchange for my unbiased and honest reviews, Experience Early Learning has provided us with the curriculum free of charge.