We finished off our Earth to Home booklet page by adding photos of our homes with pictures of ourselves on the reverse side. The USA map, outline of Maine and our home photo all tuck behind the coffee filter earth. To see you just pull out the yarn. (We call this a pull-out book.)
We also settled on our yoga poses that represent things about Maine. Some of these poses are adapted to work for the children and connecting to Maine. Having a page depicting these poses means they can share with family.
The children took items I have gathered from many beach walks and had out for them to observe and explore and made a type of I Spy page.
What the Sea Left Behind by Mimi Gregoire Carpenter was the inspiration for this page.
Once they were happy with how the items were spread out on the sheet they each got to use the iPad to take a photo to be added to their book.
Next came the desire for a light house. I thought this project might offer some good scissor practice, review of shapes and a little pattern practice.
We had checked out pictures of many of the light houses to be found here in Maine and noticed they all have a tower that we could show in a rectangle shape. The lights are located at the top, another rectangle to square shape and the last is a triangle roof. Many of the light houses appear to have stripes because of being constructed from stone. A pattern of stripes would show this. Take another rectangle and cut into strips, gluing down in a pattern on the tower base.
We used parts of the state tree and flower (White Pine and pinecone) for some creative texture painting. We used pieces of the tree bark, pine needle bunches on the branch and pinecones at different stages of development for our painting utensils.
To fill any empty pages the children could pick informational pages on Maine animals from a learning coloring book on the wildlife of Maine.
Now all that was left was to glue everything into place in the piano hinge style books I had ready. (These books I pre-made to save time. This batch was a larger size constructed from posterboard to hold 9″x12″ papers.)
Here are the finished books:
The more formal preschool lessons have now been wrapped up for 2013/14.
In the next month I’ll be reflecting on how what happened matched to the original curriculum ideas for 2013/14. That will support curriculum development for 2014/15.