Friday, August 8, 2014

Body Awareness in Preschool

We're learning all about ourselves this month at Seedlings!  From bones and organs to remembering to ask before hugging and finding words to say, "No thanks, my body is mine," we're exploring and playing our way to some serious body awareness.

One of our most popular activities was play dough body parts and faces.  As the week went on, they got more and more complex, even including the skeletal system in some cases!
These fun people and faces also open an avenue for discussion about diversity and similarities and differences among our friends.

Also offered this month are some 5-layer puzzles by Hape.  I have both the boy and the girl puzzle and the kiddos adore them!
We got a good look at bones with our Foam Skeleton Floor Puzzle.  
In our art area this week, we had a chance to make silly faces with magazine photos.

Most of our activities were presented as a group lesson and then placed in the classroom for free exploration.  Our new format has improved the children's awareness of the offerings in the room and has given them confidence in their abilities to complete the activities as instructed and then expand upon them with play and creativity.

Our first week went amazingly well and I'm looking forward to more playful academics with my new friends and seasoned students!  :)

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