R is for Reptile (4/1/12)

School starts back up this week after a Christmas break.  This term, the 4 year old preschool class has 10 kids – Ella, Lydia, Lisa, Chloe and Riley, with Ethan, Marcus, Ian, Asher and Brennan.

Ethan’s mum Angela and I are teaching this month, and our curriculum is “animals”.  We looked at the lesson plan, which of 8 lessons devoted one to lions, one to monkeys, one to pets, one to Noah’s Ark… it seemed a little abstract to us.  We decided that our preschoolers are all pretty switched on and would benefit from learning the animal classes instead, and plus we were going to be bored spending 2 hours on giraffes.

Today Angela taught “C” for creation, creatures and classes – an overview of how all of creation fits together.  By the end of the class, all of the kids could tell us one sentence about mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, amphibians and “animals without a backbone” because invertebrates just seemed a little tricky.  To bring for snack time, Riley, Liam and I made gingerbread cookies with an animal shape from each class except amphibians.  What I would have given for a frog cookie cutter!

A giraffe that looks like a dinosaur, a "fish" (shhh it's a dophin), crocodile, chicken and butterfly. Close enough!

So after this we’re going to cover:

  • Mammals (domestic and farm) including Mice and the letter “M”;
  • Wild mammals including Wildebeest and the letter “W”;
  • Reptiles and amphibians including Rattlesnakes and the letter “R”;
  • Birds including Bluebirds and the letter “B”;
  • Kangaroos, Koalas and other unique/unusual animals like monotremes and marsupials with the letter “K”- no prizes for guessing who is teaching that lesson 🙂  I’m mostly hoping one of the kids asks which category unicorns fit into…
  • Dinosaurs and other extinct/endangered species and the letter “D”, talking about stewardship of our planet.

We’ll finish it off with a safari walk at a conservation park in Nairobi.  There will be a whole month later this year on insects (now THAT will be a cool month) and a whole month on sea creatures.  I hope they cover Nessie.

I’m not sure who’s going to have more fun this month at preschool – me or Riley.

– M.

Author: steeres

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