Week 14: Healthy Habits, Letter Kk
We started the week off by making some tinfoil keys because key starts with the letter Kk. The children put their fine motor skills to work and ripped/glued their tinfoil pieces on their paper key.
Since this week was all about healthy habits we started off by comparing foods that are healthy for our bodies/teeth and some that are not so much. The children choose 2 items each from the play kitchen and we discussed which ones were healthy and which ones contained a lot of sugar. They placed the food item next to "Mr. Strong" or "Mr.Cranky."
The children choose one felt piece at a time and placed it on the board. We talked about each picture and different healthy habits we can do everyday to become stronger and healthier.
This alphabet skills puzzle has super simple match-ups that are lots of fun for the children to put together. The children just match the lowercase letters to everyday images. This activity helps develop the students problem-solving abilities and enhances the child's confidence because of the self-correcting pieces used.
These colorful counting bears/animals help the children understand abstract math concepts with hands-on bear manipulatives. This versatile set can help students learn basic math of sorting, counting, and patterning, and can demonstrate and explore more advanced concepts of comparison, estimation, addition, subtraction, memory, and sequencing.
Everly was practicing positional words with the bears and colored cups. She put the bears ON top of the cup and some BESIDE the cup.
These simple letters helped the students with their CVC words. The repetition of the ending sound made it easier for the children to read the entire word by sounding out the first letter and putting the sounds together to say the entire word.
The children loved playing in the sensory bin this week. One of the healthy habits we discussed was bath time.
We learned the importance of handwashing and good hand hygiene with this fun glitter germs activity. We learned when we don't wash our hands we can pass our germs to each other by shaking hands and/or playing with the same toys.
We did two science experiments that went along with our lesson. The first one we talked about hand washing and why we must always use soap. The students took turns putting pepper into a bowl of water. Next, they put their finger in the water and nothing happened. Then, they put soap on their finger and put there finger in the bowl and all of a sudden the pepper moved away from their finger to the sides of the bowl. The pepper represented dirt. If we only used water to wash our hands, our hands would still be dirty, but when we use soap it cleans our hands.
For our second experiment we talked about the importance of brushing our teeth. The eggs represented our teeth. We put one egg in a cup of water and one egg in a cup of soda. When we drink water that contains zero sugar our teeth stay the same, but when we drink soda or sugar drinks it will affect our teeth (change color, cavities,ect) if we don't brush them.
We learned a new song about why we need to cover our nose and mouths when we sneeze or cough. During the song when the boy sneezed I would spray the kids as if I was spreading germs. They quickly learned why we need to use a tissue or our sleeve when they sneeze.
These fun brushing and flossing activities helped the children work on fine motor skills in ways that strengthen fingers, works on hand eye coordination and helps with their precision.