Category: Science

Summer Activities

Summer Activities

Summer activities for the classroom or the home often involve an ocean theme. There is so much one can choose from and share with children. A variety of lessons on things related to an ocean theme can be found in Weeks 34-Day 3 through Weeks 36-Day 5 of the curriculum pages. These include lessons on things such as coral reefs, shells, tide pools, crustaceans, and sponges.

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Body Outlines

Body Outlines

During this time of the month we are usually about finished with lesson on body organs. As we read about say the brain, or the lungs children continue to add these parts to their body outlines. Lessons on the body begin with ourselves starting out as small infants and compare it to how much we have grown since. The children bring in a picture of themselves as a baby for discussion and are involved in making self-portrait pictures of how they look today. Body parts we see on the outside are highlighted followed by lessons on the five senses. This month began with lessons on the things we cannot see on the inside of our bodies including bones, muscles, and other organs. 

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Nature Baskets

Nature Baskets

Maria Montessori said, “Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when its raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and when the grass of the meadows is wet with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning.” Children are naturally drawn to things in nature, from the smallest insect to the largest tree, all of their senses are involved in discovering the great outdoors.

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Having Fun With Volcanoes

Having Fun With Volcanoes

A fun summer project and experiment can be learning about volcanoes.  If the school I worked at had a large sand area we would make our volcanoes outside. If there wasn’t a sandbox we would make a volcano inside the classroom using a tub full of sand.  Either way, it is an exciting experiment children always enjoy.

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