We’ve had a month long break from Mother Goose Time due to family tragedy. We are slowly adjusting to our new normal and are so very grateful for this wonderful, fun and supportive preschool curriculum and community. We are happy to share some our first moments back with Winter in the Woods, as we learn about Woodland Creatures and how they behave during the winter.
We spent some time learning about deer and how they have antlers to help defend themselves against predators and for camouflage. We made our own version of a deer headband and cut out hand tracings for the antlers.
The deer was part of a Make and Play activity, which means there was a fun scenario for the kids. This activity had the kids leaping like deer and then measuring how far they were able to jump.
The youngest among us was extremely amused by the headbands and antlers. He kept pointing and laughing.
The book suggested for this day, “Stranger in the Woods,” is one of our favorites – see our “Recipe for a Snowman” activity to go along with it!
The Winter in the Woods theme poster for this unit had the kids counting and identifying all sorts of woodland creatures and forest features. The kids also love using the posters as prompts to tell their own stories. Here Owl is telling me about the hedgehog family that moved into the log cabin for the winter.
Ladybug loves the Invitation to Create activities, such as this one where she was inspired to create her very own hedgehog. She made sure to cut out plenty of grass for him to use as food and shelter.
We spent time discussing the food chain. There was a game the kids really enjoyed that included a food web. They were able to trace arrows to find out which animals ate which foods. “They’re just like mazes,” said Owl. The kids enjoyed this game and it really helped further their understanding of the terms predator and prey.
I hope you enjoyed seeing a few of the highlights from Winter in the Woods. Again, we are slowly trying to get back on track with our home school activities. As always, family and the relationships with my children come first. I am truly grateful that Mother Goose Time is so flexible and adaptable that our family needs are met without having to completely redo the curriculum.