Back On The Map!

 

Welcome back Ladybugs! Hope you had a joyous winter break with your loved ones. Returning after some time off leaves us with stories of travel, adventure, and experiences. While our minds are on our past vacation (some of our minds may still be on vacation honestly speaking) it is an opportune time to introduce our new thematic unit on travel! Through this unit we will cover maps, landmarks, directions, vacation destinations, and modes of transportation. Ladybugs, start your engines!

 

Throughout circle time we were able to personally deliver narratives from our past vacations and other places we've traveled to. What better than to whip out some maps and get a visual perspective! Our map activities supported our understanding of these places and sharpened so many skills at once. During one activity the children were given a google map image with little direction (no pun intended!) The children were so eager to trace lines, recognize and note letters, and have free range of their map. This activity also encouraged an understanding of basic geography, extended their world view, dealt with measurement and distance, and supported all different kinds of writing and mark making.

We took to a larger scale during whole group to track how far we could travel! The ruler added counting and numbers to this geography lesson!

Our ladybugs have a fascination with buildings, architecture, and structures big and small. This inspired us to study some famous landmarks from all over the world and recreate them ourselves! Using modeling clay and straws, we constructed and erected our own landmarks. I'm so impressed by the time they took and precision that they strived for!

In the beginning of the week we read a story called "The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat" in which the main characters set out on a journey on the high seas in search of treasure. The book featured a treasure map which we couldn't wait to recreate ourselves. What's a treasure map without a treasure hunt to follow? Grab your binoculars and explore our pictures below!

                                                          " X " marks the spot!

                                                          " X " marks the spot!

                                      We had to bring in some other elements to decorate!

                                      We had to bring in some other elements to decorate!

                                                   Crafting our own binoculars!

                                                   Crafting our own binoculars!

                                                                          Ahoy!

                                                                          Ahoy!

                                          HI-HO! We've found the treasure chest!

                                          HI-HO! We've found the treasure chest!

                                       Counting out all the coins inside the treasure chest!

                                       Counting out all the coins inside the treasure chest!

We couldn't wait to welcome Farmer Fred back into our routine! He knows us so well and of course had yummy food in tow! He surprised us with an authentic taste of Italy with some ripe tomatoes, beautiful basil, and sweet bell peppers. We put our senses to work by kneading the fresh dough, smelling the aromatic ingredients, and lastly tasting our pizza creations! Even more reason to love Fridays!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What an amazing end to our first week back. Not to mention we woke up to a blissful blanket of snow! We had just enough to make a collaborative snowman while frolicking around the backyard. Have a wonderful weekend my little explorers!

 

 

-Erica