We started talking about Thanksgiving this week by sharing some stories about the pilgrims and the native people of North America. We also read a sillier Thanksgiving story called “Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale”. That sparked an interest in singing, you guessed it…”Over the river and through the woods to grandmothers house we go…”
We’ve also been reading our Stone Soup stories. The children very much enjoy singing along to, “Some Friends to Feed” a version of Stone Soup done by Pete Seeger.
In continuing with our study of the Rainforest we made colorful rain sticks (which the children quickly re-named Rainforest sticks) which we used to make the sound of rain while we sang our Rainforest song. They turned out to work better as music shakers anyway.
On Thursday we made Rainforest friendship butterflies. The children traced their hands and then cut them out to make butterfly wings. Then they traded one of their wings with a friend and kept one for themselves. They glued them together and decorated them. Beautiful butterflies were made and the older children were so thoughtful about helping the younger ones with the tracing and cutting.
Thanks to Iza we now have a copy of, “This Land is your Land” on CD and they have enjoyed singing along with great enthusiasm during music. We also finished listening to ‘Peter and the Wolf’ and continued our discussion about instruments in the orchestra.
We’ve also been busy working with our materials. It was a great Sunnybrook week!