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Circle Time (every day)
- Song: She’ll Be Coming ‘Round The Mountain
- We are learning new songs now that Kai really enjoys singing and has begun to pick up the words to songs we sing all the time. Each song is scheduled for two weeks, so that she has plenty of time to pick up the lyrics and hand gestures.
- PE: Hopping
- We are working on hopping on one foot.
- Calendar: Weather
- We are charting our daily weather.
Outdoor Nature Study: Fossils
- We’ve found a few fossils on previous nature walks, so we are hoping to find more this week to look at and record in our nature journal. If not, I have a few in my pack for us to look at and draw.
Process Art: Hammer art
- Kai loves tools, and the hammer might just be her favorite. We are going to us a hammer to make leaf prints from the last of the fall leaves here.
Indoor Nature Study: Formation and Layers of the Earth
- We are going to learn about the layers of the Earth, and make a model out of play dough.
Life Skill: Tea Time/Washing Dishes
- Tuesday is tea time! First, Kai is going to help wash our cups and plates afterward. We have a treat and some lemonade in a tea cup and I read a book from the book basket.
- We also do a math activity from Mathematical Reasoning Beginning 1 or another math activity.
- We probably won’t see snow until January, but we’re going to talk about how snow is formed and what it does this week.
Sensory: Trail Blazes/Inukshuk
- We are going to learn about trail blazes and inukshuk, and make our own to help point the way around our back yard. There are blazes on our usual trails, so Kai is familiar with these types of markers, but I wanted to introduce the idea that lots of different people use the same-ish type of systems we do to find their way.
Seasonal: Winter Solstice
- We have a fire in the fire pit, and camp out in the backyard so that we can get up with the sun on Winter Solstice. It’s time to pitch the tent, set out the sleeping bags, and make sure we have enough fire wood.
Kitchen: Sun Bread
- It’s tradition here to read Sun Bread by Elisa Kleven and make sun bread.
Ancestor Tale: Creation Stories (Hopi)
- Instead of reading a story from a book, Fridays are for oral story telling. I learn a new story every other week to tell Kai, and we act out the story with props. Usually the story gets acted out again and again during playtime and bed time, as Kai tends to really enjoy this kind of story telling. During early winter we are focusing on creation stories around the world.
Painting and Drawing
- On Fridays, I tell a story and Kai is invited to paint or draw something from it.
If you want to see how it went or follow along, I generally post our school photos to our Instagram either on the same day or soon after.
Specific Materials for Week 3:
See our School Supplies post for general supplies used throughout the year.