We never are able to get to everything that is suggested in the teachers manual (although I do try!), and sometimes (if I am feeling ambitious!) I substitute or add additional projects, books, games and poems of our own that work along with the theme.
One of the variations we did this week was add a fun introduction to the five senses called "Popping Popcorn."
I had the children feel and look at the the unpopped kernels. We then read a poem The Popcorn Song by Nancy Byrd Turner (Found on page 45 of Favorite Poems Old and New) and sang the popcorn song as we popped the popcorn.
The children got to see, smell and hear it as it popped.The Popcorn SongPop-pop-pop, said the popcorn in the pan,
Pop-pop-pop, you can catch me if you can.
Pop-pop-pop, said the kernel white and yellow.
Pop-pop-pop, I’m a happy, dancing fellow.
Pop-pop-pop, I can dance and skip and hop.
After it was done popping, they each got a bucket of warm popcorn to touch and taste.
We talked about what the popcorn looked like(blossoms on trees, etc...). Captain even found the "Easter Bunny!" (what do you think? It is pictured to the right)
It was lots of fun and my children were begging to "do it again," even before they had finished eating their popcorn!
Here are a few of the other things we did this past week:
- Squishy, Squishy: A Book About My Five Senses
- Under the Moon
- My Five Senses
- Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Arts & Crafts
"See of Galilee Touch Picture"
We did a few other fun things as well. My children love this program.
The girls pretty much have the Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes song down, and I wanted to video them again, but hubby has the camera now. (Unfortunately I still have the memory card... oops!)
I also had hoped to make a Five Senses Lapbook with the girls, but I