We are continuing to examine how we experience our world.
"When we look and when we see we use our eyes
When we look and when we see we use our eyes,
When we look and when we see all the things there are to see,
When we look and when we see we use our eyes."
Our eyes provide us with so much information. We have been putting them to good use.
We created "looking frames" which we used to search for colors in our classroom.
We learn about the world with more than just our eyes.
Morah Katie: If we use our eyes to see the world, what do we use to hear the world?
Levi: Our ears
Morah Katie: (wiggling her fingers) These are my ears right?
Kian: Those are fingers
Morah Katie: Where would I find my ears?
Dena: Here (pointing to ears)
Morah Katie: Let's use our ears today to exlpore our world.
We paid close attention to all that we heard.
We used our loudest possible voices on the playground, listening to just how much beautiful noise we can create.
We then quieted our bodies and used our ears to listen to a story being read in only a whisper.
We played a game that required us to use our eyes and ears.
Hullaballu is a game similar to Simon Says.
We begin on a purple pad, and then use our best listening ears to follow the directions.
We need to hop, gallop, skip,or spin towards a shape, picture, or color.
We need to stand on it, or place our knee - sometimes our nose on the pad.
Then we begin all over again!
"When we listen and we hear we use our ears,
When we listen and we hear we use our ears,
When we listen and we hear all the things there are to hear,
When we listen and we hear we use our ears."
We guessed at what we were eating for lunch based on what we could hear.
Morah Katie: I hear crunching.
Levi: Noah is eating chips.
Morah Katie: (Leaning next to Dena) I don't hear any crunching from Dena's sandwich. Why is that?
Daniel: Its bread, can you hear my sandwich?
Morah Katie: Let's listen ....... did anyone hear Daniel chewing his sandwich?
Morah Katie: Levi has a blintz and a cucumber, which one will be loud?
Morah Katie: Let's listen to the cucumber.
Levi: (after first bite) Crunchy.
We also experience our world with our sense of touch.
"When we touch and when we feel we use our hands,
When we touch and when we feel we use our hands,
When we touch and when we feel all the things there are to feel, when we touch and when we feel we use our hands."
We played a game of finding an object just by using our fingers.
We set out 4-5 objects at a time, the children looked at the objects and then closed their eyes. The objects were put in a bag and I asked each child to use their sense of touch to "find the ___".
We explored different textures in our classroom.
Morah Katie: Place the rock in one hand and a feather in the other. Do they feel the same?
Morah Katie: How are they different?
Daniel: The rock is hard, the feather is soft.
We cut out hands and glued textures to "our fingers".
We discover our world through our senses, and through play, discovery,
and matching colors.
All of these experiences will help our children successfully navigate their way in the world.