Our excursion to the Ochlockonee River on July 4th began our July preschool studies on fish, ducks, clams, and other water animals. You can see the previous post, but quickly in summary that trip included clamming, fishing, and a day on the river.
I tried to tie in fish and similar activities when possible. We spent time:
- Cooking and Eating Clams
- Bath time and lots of fun with empty clam shells – chomp chomp!
- Cutting up and eating sushi
- Going to the pool and practicing swimming like fish
- Counting with sea shells
- Painting seashells
- We even found a turtle in the backyard
And we read several books on the matter including:
- Ducks Don’t Get Wet (Let’s Read and Find Out Science Book) by Augusta Goldin- this science book had a neat experiment that helped the children learn that oil and water do not mix.
- About Fish – A Guide for Children by Cathryn Sill
- 25 Fish Every Child Should Know by Jim Arnosky
- Great White Shark
- Clams All Year by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
- Tadpoles and Frogs – Usborne Begginers
- Starfish (Let’s Read and Find Out Science Book) by Edith Thacher Hurd
- The Story about Ping – A story about a duck on the Yangtze River. I followed directions from Five in a Row on this book and we had a great time discovering this book in greater detail. This was the first time I’ve used Five in a Row and really loved it. In addition, the children both thought this was a fabulous book and asked me to read it to them daily.
And of course we topped the activities off with a visit to the pet store to buy some pet fish! The children enjoyed looking at all the animals, but weren’t that interested in picking out a fish. At that point they thought stacking cans of cat food into a tower was much more fun. At home their interest piqued when we started putting together the 5 gallon fish tank we bought and then they both wanted to help. The first day we bought a small tank and a beta fish. The next day I went back for two more fish. We had quite a few rough days with fish and preschoolers. I would highly recommend buying a tank with a lid – ours doesn’t have one. All but one of the fish survived the first week – and that one wasn’t happy with the move and jumped out of the water the first night home.
We’ve read a ton of other books this month from the library-I’ve been checking out about 20 books every other week. Some of their favorites include:
Bats at the Ball Game by Brian Lies. WE love, love this book. This book is fantastically written and tells the story of bats playing baseball at night. The pages unfold in perfect rhythm to explain the game, and even mention the star-spangled banner and the song “take me out to the ball park.” When I get to these pages I pause reading and belt out the full song. This is a big hit with the children. I was worried at first the children wouldn’t understand the concepts of what is happening in the poem, but I think they caught on more than I expected. And they love the singing.
We loved this book so much we went out and ran around a baseball field.
Grandma Joyner gave them a Collection of Beatrix Potter Books – the children are in love with The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny, and I love reading it. One of my absolute favorite children’s books and I am so thankful our kids feel the same way about it. And I can’t stop laughing at the Tale of Benjamin Bunny. I found this one also on a read along from the library and we’ve listened to it a few times. The children have started quoting lines from this book over the last week. Hearing a sudden “Stop, thief” from their mouth’s or some other phrase is not that uncommon. Petra also has mentioned several times that she is going to (pretend) eat a butterfly sandwich.
Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale by Leo and Diane Dillon – I found this in a read along version also at the library. And we have really enjoyed it night after night. The narration and sounds in the book are fabulous. And I’m hoping the children see how disaster occurred from one small lie and are able to learn some application from it.
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia is a great trucks and tractor book. Jasper really likes to read it and asks for it over and over. And its simple enough for Petra to read most of it to us. It works great for both of them!
And last but not least, Who Sank the Boat by Pamela Allen is a cute little book that always gets Petra chuckling. It introduces the concept of balance to the children as several large animals try to pile in a small row boat.
And other preschool activities continue.
Jasper had a great time one afternoon with this little setup of “houses” (as he calls them) and animals. And Petra is continuing with her reading lessons. In this lesson I wrote the words on the board, she read them, then I had her had the letter “s” and reread the words. She definitely enjoys reading lessons more when they are more interactive and she gets to participate with the writing.