Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sensory Bins over the Years

I was just on one of my facebook groups and was talking with another mama about sensory bins and I thought I would post here. We LOVE sensory bins. We have sensory seekers and sensory avoiders so we always have to have a variety. Sensory bins dont always have to be in a bin either.... sometimes it can be at the table, on the floor, or even in a play pin. 

 mess free paint - I put paint in a zip lock bag and then used duct tape to keep the bag from being opened
 I used different spices and let them smell them and also transfer the spices from one bowl to the next
  we used child size teacups and pitches for practicing pouring
 leaves in the play pin
we went to a pumpkin patch and they had a big bin of dried corn
basket with the large legos
 bottles with glass beads (I had to sit close to them so they would not put them into their mouth) was great for working on their fine motor skills

 we brought the sand/water table inside and just put a blanket on the floor to help keep it mess free

 colored rice, we did some for every season and found some great things at the Dollar store to put inside the sensory bin

oobleck and flubber

different kinds of beans
water beads

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Learning about China and Apples

We have spent the last three weeks learning a little about China. The kids have made a little video of a few of the things they have learned and worked on. 

This is what they are saying....
 China is in Asia
 The Chinese flag is red with yellow stars
    nǐ hǎo means Hello  
   Where is China? - points to China on the globe
The Forbidden City, in Beijing, has about 9000 rooms. 
The official name is People’s Republic of China.
      The Great Wall of China is in China it is more than 13000 miles long.

   China has more people than any other country on Earth.
    Giant Pandas, lives in the misty mountains. They like to eat bamboo. 

 We have also learned some little songs like Head and Shoulders Knees and Toes in Chinese.

Today we read Apples by Gail Gibbons, then tasted several different kinds of apples. We talked about different kinds of fruits and colored a paper with all different kinds of fruits on it.
We talked about all the different colors in fruits and how each of them taste and the different textures.  Of course their favorite part was the taste testing and deciding which apple they liked the best.

We had fun learning about China and are excited about the start of our lessons about apples and fruit, which we will expand into lessons on health and nutrition and some very yummy cooking projects.

Math with a Visual makes it so much easier for them to understand

Our little peanut surprised us today!!!! We have been talking about how to spell mom and dad and she has known how to spell them but writing them was more of a challenge.
Today she was just sitting there playing and she got excited and said, I made Daddy's name!!

After she made daddy's name I asked if she could write mom and look what she did!!!