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Life at the Pond

*We have received some free materials from Experience Early Learning, in exchange for our weekly blogs. You can check out what Experience Early Learning has to offer on their Website!

Circle Time 🙂

The toddlers are LOVING this week’s Experience Toddler curriculum! So far, they’ve measured pond animals, matched colored fish in a puzzle, made imprints of fish in a (homemade) play doh pond, hopped on “lily pads” like frogs, painted their own lily pads and so much more! The Experience Early Learning activities really think of it all! The Toddler class has the freedom to learn to their abilities and it’s so much fun to watch!

Hopping on lily pads!
Enjoying the many activities crafted by EEL! We LOVE Experience Toddler!

During circle time, the toddlers sat on lily pads while listening to story books and really enjoyed using their imagination and sitting on them. During table time, they used their fine motor skills to rip tissue paper and glue it on a duck as part of the Experience Early Learning curriculum supplied in the teacher book! They had fun playing with legs as they glued those on also. Now they are proudly displayed on the art wall in the toddler room!

Experience Toddler Duck Collages!

After toddlers rest and are ready to take on the world again, they do some afternoon activities. On this particular day, they spent the time counting frogs! Lily pads were cut out of paper and placed on a cookie sheet with pompom manipulatives. They really enjoyed working on their pre-math skills!

Count the Frogs!
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Tadpole

*We have received some free materials from Experience Early Learning, in exchange for our weekly blogs. You can check out what Experience Early Learning has to offer at their Website!

We kept our little hands busy today with lots of fun tadpole activities! We started off at circle time learning about tadpoles and singing and jumping to the “Five Little Tadpoles” rhyme found in this weeks Mother Goose Time teacher guide, “Life Around the Pond”. The kids waited patiently for their names to be called in the rhyme and then hopped up once they heard them. This activity helped them learn about the stages of metamorphosis and patience in a fun and easy way! To compliment this activity, we made tadpole ribbon dancers and the kid’s pretended to be swimming in a pond!

It is so nice having all of the supplies provided by Experience Early Learning. It leaves time for more teaching and learning! And with that, the teachers at Wonders can come up with other activities to keep them occupied and challenge them academically.

In the photos below, Pre-K practiced their cutting skills, matching and writing. We absolutely love the themes provided by Experience Early Learning!

We also had a chance to practice patterns and acting out a book with play pieces provided by EEL!

 

 

 

 

Every day is a new adventure and learning experience with EEL and we can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

*We have received some free materials from Experience Early Learning, in exchange for our weekly blogs. You can check out what Experience Early Learning has to offer at their Website!

We are almost finished with Experience Early Learning’s February unit, “Nursery Rhymes”. For Week 4, Lesson 19 we reviewed the rhyme “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” (I say review because this is a favorite among most of our students).b1b5f26558684d3b5d2208fd6e877179 (1)

 

One of our students actually had the idea of an activity to go with today’s lesson. Her idea was that the class could design stars and the teacher could put their picture on them. The class had fun singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, decorating their stars and taking their picture.

We love that it is easy to incorporate additional activities within the lesson’s that Experience Early Learning provides. They also had fun completing Starry Numbers, the math activity using the numbered stars mat and star shapes. They took turns sharing their age and then as a group we clapped that many times – this was a fun way to practice counting.

Preschool 2 enjoyed the “Wishing on a Star” activity where they got to create their own star wands. They practiced their scissor skills and talked about what they would wish for if they saw a shooting sta2da9a8314ff054650de9e989034a66ec

Thank you, Experience Early Learning for the great Nursery Rhymes unit – this was enjoyed in all five of our classrooms!

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Did someone say “Cake”?

*We have received some free materials from Experience Early Learning, in exchange for our weekly blogs. You can check out what Experience Early Learning has to offer at their Website!

Week three of Experience Early Learning’s “Nursery Rhymes” unit is all about Food Rhymes. The topic for Lesson 11 was “Pat-a-Cake”. Who doesn’t love cake? 30f0081126ce13281689a3c1f34fb527

The children frosted paper cupcakes with glue and shaving cream and then added confetti as sprinkles! They looked almost good enough to eat. This was a fun activity, the children loved getting to explore painting with glue and shaving cream. It is a fun texture!

Then they used our foam Shape of the Month (heart) pieces to work together, decorating the most beautiful cake!

This week they also worked on the letter Q. Experience Early Learning sends letter mats and they used curved and straight pieces to create the letters. These mats are great for practicing pre-writing skills!

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For our Preschool 1 class, keeping their hands busy helps a lot. They enjoy cutting and building and it helps class time go smoothly for this busy little crew. We love that Experience Early Learning knows the value of keeping little hands busy with fun and engaging activities! 

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Itsy, Bitsy Spider and other Character Rhymes

This week is all about Character Rhymes in Experience Early Learning’s February unit of “Nursery Rhymes”. We enjoy blogging for Experience Early Learning, and in return, receive some of our supplies free!

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Week 2, Lesson 8 is all about the Itsy, Bitsy Spider. During circle time we completed the Caught in the Web activity. We put tape on the wall to create a web and placed the picture cards on the web. The teacher handed the child a card to read and they had to match the word to the picture on the web. They took turns until all of the cards had a match.

84653015_627277461151829_5273691296517586944_n86185480_2668723016695816_1127327863209459712_nThe children enjoyed their “spider” fingers during the Spider’s Web of Cards activity. The teacher created a web on the table and placed the matching cards under the yarn pieces. The children had a piece of tape around their finger (sticky side out) and they used it to flip over the cards while they tried to find a match.

 

 

 

 

86210198_225070301858435_2771679409860509696_nThe Creative Corner activity for Experience Early Learning’s Itsy Bitsy Spider lesson was to create a web. This activity touched on Earth Science and Visual Arts. The children used a paper plate, sequins, yarn, glue and scissors to create their own spider web. They loved using the sequins!

So far this week, we have done activities with “Humpty Dumpty”,

“There Was a Crooked Man”0075ec7d7080ae9e45de95474027be45 and ” The Itsy, Bitsy Spider”. We will be doing “Hey Diddle Diddle” and “Old King Cole” to finish out week two of Experience Early Learning’s Nursery Rhyme’s unit. Experience Early Learning provides a lesson for every day of the week. Each month comes with 20 lessons. This play-based curriculum, developed to meet National Standards for Early Childhood Education, provides a lot of fun every day of the week! Check out what’s coming up in March

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Sorting our EEL Materials- Nursery Rhymes

Take a look at how we sort and organize our curriculum!

Each month we get three boxes of Experience Preschool curriculum, which means we count and sort it all, so each class has their curriculum ready to go.

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In exchange for our blog posts each week Experience Early Learning provides us with some of our curriculum materials for free. We purchase two smaller boxes on top of the free materials so that we have enough materials for both the students and the teachers in our Preschool 1, Preschool 2, and Pre-K classes. Each teacher has a file box that is labeled with the week and lesson number.

Every teacher gets the Core Concepts and Teacher Tools packages. We put these in the front of their file boxes, so that they can sort through the materials that Experience Early Learning provides them, as they more through the month. 84651301_203508991046880_90501944543543296_n (1)Our Preschool 1 class also gets the Little Goose Supplement,which breaks down the regular Experience Early Learning lessons into what is developmentally appropriate for our youngest preschool group. This allows for one more way our teachers can challenge or simplify to meet the needs of their children.

Each lesson comes in one package. It makes it easy to keep track of everything. We get three packages of every lesson and start counting it so that each class has enough materials for roughly 10 students.83514450_773829726443178_8515556817974067200_n (5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This month we tried something new, and every class got a bin where all of the extra materials that Experience Early Learning provides for the kids goes. Some of these extra materials don’t fit in the file boxes with the lesson so having an extra box where the teacher can quickly find what they need works well.83629486_193686912028775_8235394829945667584_n (1)

 

 

It’s a big task sorting all of the curriculum for every class – but this system works well and it keeps us organized all month long! 

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Baby Animals- Experience Toddler

Who knew sticking cotton on contact paper could be so much fun?

The Experience Toddler curriculum provides the teachers with Discovery Table ideas in the weekly teacher guides. “Discovery Table 1” this week was a cotton wall, where they get to ‘squeeze, push, press down, and stack up.’ Our toddler teacher set this up on the easel. Having the discovery tables set up as the children arrive in the morning makes them feel welcome and excited to start their day. They arrive to a fun project ready for them!

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Experience Early Learning has a new theme each month, which keeps the children engaged. January has been all about “Baby Animals”. Experience Toddler has the same theme, but they have one focus topic each week. This month their focus topics have been: “Lion and the Beetle”, “Baby Animals”, “Puppy’s Visit”, and “Mary Had a Little Lamb”.

The colors our Toddlers have been learning this month are orange and white. The activities this week incorporate a lot of white so it ties into this week’s theme really well. The teacher guide also includes vocabulary words for each lesson of the day. Today is Monday so we completed Lesson 1 ‘Sheep Toy’ and the vocabulary words were sheep and lamb. By the end of the week our Toddlers will have learned eight vocabulary words!83257136_1031301183903921_5001605367424090112_n

These easy to follow lessons, with simple assessments help our teachers check for developmental milestones without interrupting all the fun!83683407_185448032560895_4088509025535131648_n (1)

We are happy to blog about what is happening in our classrooms with the Experience Early Learning Program. In return for our blogging efforts, we receive a portion of free curriculum materials for our classrooms.blogger_stamp_new