• Tearri Rivers

Number Rhymes: A-Counting We Go!

Updated: Apr 4

Nursery Rhymes are so much fun to learn and to teach. I am absolutely amazed aboout how our preschool curriculum, Experience Early Learning provides us with new and exciting ways to engage our kiddos of all ages, and keep this early years teacher refreshed with new ideas to keep nursery rhymes a daily part of our days throughout the year.

This past week was all about Number Rhymes. One of the books of the month included in February's preschool curriculum, and Experience Toddler curriculum is an Experience Early Learning exclusive, "Nursery Rhymes". What a treat to have all of the popular nursery rhymes all in one book. The music CD this month has the children falling in love with the vocalist once again, and I absolutely love the remixes of the nursery rhymes.

We started our nursery rhyme study with number rhymes. "This Little Piggy" number rhyme had the children "oinking" to the market. Our materials from Experience Early Learning for day one of Number Rhyme week included the opening/closing signs, money, pictures of food, and the cube cards. We also made Piggy Puppets with materials that were also included for "This Little Piggy" lesson day. We played together and it did not take long for the children to play among themselves. This was chosen as a self selected activity a lot this past week. They love to role play!

"Sing a Song of Sixpence ", was a fairly new nursery rhyme for mostly everyone in the group. I am glad that Experience Early Learning included a creative corner project for this number rhyme.

They baked a pie! While baking the pie we sung and acted out "Sing a Song of Sixpence" while gathering our ingredients. Our cornstarch noodles were the blackbirds ( four and twenty blackbirds). And just like when we cook in real life we naturally incorporated math into this creative corner project.

Their pies! I really enjoyed observing them making their pies and shaking their heads to the number rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence" on the music CD. We also counted pennies in our small group math lesson this day.

We start our large group activities with a Community Gathering time. During this time we practice our pattern of the month. This month's pattern is heart-sheep. The pattern cards come with our preschool curriculum. Some children are learning the whole what is a pattern thing, and for others this pattern is a review and they are now learning to name the type of pattern it is( A-B).

Also, during Community Gathering time we have a Community Challenge for the day. This is an daily activity in Experience Early Learning's preschool curriculum that focuses on social relationships.

Day 3 of Number Rhyme week introduced "1,2, Buckle My Shoe", and once we did the community challenge this number rhyme stole the show. I am not kidding!

The children each came up with an action to do after each number verse, then after showing the action each child clapped for each other and was given a high five. We repeated this activity more than I can count this week. We also used number cards and laid craft sticks straight during music and movement. So much fun!

Pick Up Sticks is a small group math game provided in our preschool curriculum. I added the topic poster that came with the lesson materials and it really attracted the children to this math game.

You roll the cube and count how many sticks to put inside your shoe. See, what I mean about the amazing new ideas that Experience Early Learning provides to the teacher. I really need these new suggestions as to continue to bring excitement to the classics.

I did use teacher discretion and decided not to do Day 5's number rhyme which was "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep". However, that did not stop us from Sorting Sheep. We all look forward to seeing what our new math manipulative for the month will be.

We finished off Number Rhyme week with a study of "Hickory Dickory Dock". The preschoolers made a Number Mouse headband as their Make and Play project to role play the mouse in the rhyme. We also learned the parts of the clock, and practiced recognizing numbers from 1-12.

What I loved most about this past week's learning at the Studio was how it was all done through song, dance, creative arts, and playing games. I am looking forward to continuing with this way of learning next week too.

As an Experience Early Learning Blogger, I receive the Experience Early Learning Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic experiences. As always, my opinions are 100% my own. #preschool #familychildcare #EELblogger

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