We started by talking about eating healthy and why it is important. We sorted different food items into things that were healthy and gave our body nutrients and things that were not healthy and only for special treats and occasions. This activity always brings out cute preschool stories... "my dad always sneaks cookies", etc. I LOVE it! We spent time looking through cooking magazines and creating collages of healthy foods to eat. Cutting magazines and creating collages is a great easy way for kids to practice those fine motor skills while always making a beautiful end product they can be proud of. We also talked about the different food groups and watercolored pictures of them just for fun as an art choice. This week we sang "Apples and Bananas" and practiced the letter Hh for Healthy.
We moved on to taking care of our teeth and why it is important. The kiddos were so interested in learning about teeth and were even more excited when I introduced the teeth brushing chart to take home. At the beginning of each class we sang a song about brushing our teeth and then acted out the important steps using our imagination. Our favorite part was pretending to spit in the sink! Our sensory activity was a teeth brushing station where everyone got to practice squeezing a little toothpaste onto their brush and brush the tops and sides of pretend teeth. This was SO much fun and our classroom smelled like toothpaste for weeks. We played a few rounds of roll and count, a great game where you roll the dice... count... and then paint the tooth with the corresponding numeral. This game is wonderful for practicing accurate counting and number recognition. Finally we learned that everyone has 20 baby teeth which you loose as you get older. We recreated a mouth full of teeth using mini marshmallows. This was another great counting activity. Of course we reviewed the letter Tt for teeth.
Finally we learned about the importance of exercise and how it makes your muscles strong. We read a book which talked about muscles in our body and how important they are to us. We played a fun game where we rolled an exercise die and turned over a number card to see how many of those exercises we had to do as a class. This was so much fun and they wanted to keep playing and playing and playing... which I did not being pregnant! Great practice for counting and number recognition though so we went for it. We also spent some time brainstorming different ways to exercise and then did some writing of our own. We drew a picture of our favorite way to exercise and I wrote down what their pictures said. Drawings that tell a story or answer a question are the first steps of writing and the kids were very excited to share their work. Of course we talked about the letter Xx and even made an exercising person out of the letter!
I was not the best at remembering to take pictures this theme... pregnant brain setting in... but hopefully you get the idea.