Like many Michiganders, I'm ready for spring any way and my St. Patrick's Day unit goes hand in hand with Easter and Spring themes. So I'd already begun incorporating those themes into our studies on colors. Spring is also a good time to bring up Seasons in Michigan because there are normally four definite ones and spring is pretty easy to differentiate for even the youngest from winter.To bring several of those themes together we recently Read I Am A Bunny. It's a colorful and simply written book about Nicolas the bunny and what he likes to do for each of the four seasons. The pictures are by famed children's illustrator Richard Scarry so it's very well done and a book I think any young child would enjoy. In the spring Nicolas likes to pick flowers and on that page he is depicted in a field of flowers with daffodils shown prominantly in the foreground.It tied in perfectly with the color we were also working on, yellow so we made this cute daffodil out of two cupcake holders - flatten one, yellow buttons, and some paper scraps I cut into stem and leaf shapes. It's very simple and requires few materials, I've made them before with yellow pom poms instead of buttons also. She was probably the most excited about getting to wield the glue bottle by herself for the first time. The control freak in me is trying to let go and allow her more independence, I'm taking baby steps! It took three days for the glue to dry completely.
To finish it up, I added this poem to add to the top of her picture. We sing it with our fingers representing the daffodils, but she has made the connection between the song and the art project we did. She'll go over and point to her flower, where I've hung it up afterward.
5 Little Daffodils Fingerplay
One little daffodil had nothing much to do,
Out popped another one, then there were two.
Two little daffodils were smiling at a bee,
Out popped another one, then there were three.
Three little daffodils were growing by the door,
Out popped another one and then there were four.
Four little daffodils were glad to be alive,
Out popped another one and then there were five.
Five little daffodils were wearing golden crowns,
They danced in the breeze in green satin gowns.
This Friday is our first day going live with ABC and 123: A Learning Cooperative, so I think this will be my last regularly scheduled ABC Learn with Me post on Tuesdays on my personal blog. I will still be sharing activities I do with ER on a regular basis - probably a weekly one at that, but I don't want to be locked into always doing it on Tuesday and Thursday.
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