Hi there! Welcome back snickering sneetches, whimsical wockets, and fully dressed foxes!
To give some background on our March theme, March 2nd is Read Across America day or more commonly known as Dr. Seuss' birthday. Don't we all wish we could celebrate our birthdays for longer than just one day? Well, we can, and we did! Each week in honor of Dr. Seuss we picked a new book to base our activities on and ended the week dressed to impress with the instating of Friday Fundays! We can always count on Dr. Seuss books to invite super silly, tongue twisting, ridiculous rhyming and amazingly amusing learning experiences! I'm so happy that most of the ladybugs were already familiar and had an interest in these stories. Some friends even joined me in reading out loud! Whatever your style may be, I think we can all agree these books are splendidly entertaining and have great underlying messages such as acceptance, inclusiveness, identity, and the power of imagination just to name a few!
We kicked off our month with the sneaky and self-proclaimed "dangerous" book "Fox in Socks" to put our tongues to the test. If there's one thing that's certain we have officially become rhyming masters! I also apologize for the surging spike in silliness since we started this unit- but we just can't help it! Dr. Seuss is one silly goose!As you may know, the book features a plethora of rhyming pairs on each page. We spent so much time sorting out rhymes! Rhyming and rhythm is the basis of our circle songs, chants and other preschool reminders. Without rhymes in school, it wouldn't be as cool! :) Socks were another theme we tried on this week. Did you ever think such a trivial item could be so educational? Welcome to Ladybug! We explored some funky socks that "Fox" left behind and helped sort them by color, pattern, and size. We counted up all these pairs to make it into a multi-faceted math lesson!
Our next book selection was none other than "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss. Though extra silly, this book has a wonderful message about finally letting our guards down and trying something new. You never know- you might love it! We brought in some real spatulas and sorted letters onto corresponding plates with this new and exciting tool. This brought about some dramatic play and even got our friends to (pretend) taste the green eggs and ham!
We were a lucky bunch this particular week being that we were the target of a mischievous green presence. No, we weren't being haunted, in fact we were hunting! The ladybug leprechaun made it's debut by fooling us all day long. We can't complain though, this only made us more eager and determined to find and catch our ladybug leprechaun! Watch the week unfold with some practical jokes! All this trickery prompted us to try and get our hands on this sneaky yet clever creature. We engineered some colorful rainbow traps with magnet tiles and used gold coins as a lure. I love how creative and technical our preschoolers were, they were truly onto outsmarting our cunning new friend with trap doors, narrow pathways, and maze-like architecture! We also created a class-made trap to check daily. Outsmarting this leprechaun was a full time job!
Everything comes full shamrock- I mean circle. To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, we cracked up some green eggs just like Sam-I-Am! I loved watching the ladybugs eyeball the concoction with doubt, disbelief, and for some a hearty appetite! It's so funny how color can effect our palette, but it definitely makes eating all the more interesting!
We also spent time with the infamous "Cat in the Hat", his aquatic friends "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish", and the environmentally friendly "Lorax". These books inspired sensationally silly hats, fishy activities of the sorting kind, and imaginative retelling using sensory!
Spring weather, here we come! Have a fantastic break and see you all in April!