Age: 3-5 years.
Grup: Mom, Dad and Bree
Subject: Seed formation, germination and plant development. Related vocabulary.
Tieme: 50-70 minutes.
Didactic Material: Magic School Buss Episode 11. A flowerpot with soil, a seed, water. A big flower with visible, recognizable parts.
Materials: Papee, pencil, eraser, color pencils/crayons.
Today we talk about plants during Learning Time. We drew different kinds of plants and flowers, colored them with pencils and crayons, and wrote the name of every color beside each drawing. After that, we explained that if you plant a seed, put the pot in a sunny place and water it every day, the seed germinates and grows until it turns into a plant that can have flowers. Then, we talked about the flowers producing nectar, which bugs and insects like to suck and then the pollen gets stuck in their leg hair or body hair and it's carried from one flower to another. We explained that leads to the production of seeds, that can be collected once the flower dries and planted so another plant can grow. Also, it was mentioned that some people are allergic to pollen, and sneeze when it's in the air.
After the talk, we watched the video and commented on the different parts of the process and of the plant, sometimes stopping the movie for a longer explanation (if the kid's old enough).
Finally, the big flower was shown to the kid and she was asked to recognize, point and name the different parts of the flower after having done that ourselves twice. It's perfectly fine if they only retain half the information or less, the idea is to broaden their minds and make them think, not expect them to know this for life.
The planting activity was scheduled for the following day, where the kid was encouraged and helped to make a small hole in the soil and plant the seed (we chose apple because she wanted an apple tree). Then it was put in a sunny corner and watered.
Age: 3-5 years
Grup: Mom, Dad and Bree
Subject: The Solar System and related vocabulary
Time: 40 minutes
Didactic materials: Magic School Bus Episode 01
Materials: Paper, péncil, eraser, color pencils/crayons.
Today, we learned about the Solar System at Learning Time. We talked about the stars that you see in the sky at night, explained that the stars are balls of fire out in space and that the Sun is a star, so we should never look straight at it because it hurts our eyes. We elaborated saying we see the sun a lot bigger than the rest of the stars in the night sky because it's a lot closer than others, which are so far far away. Also, it was explained that Earth is a planet that revolves around the sun, but that it's not the only planet doing that. That there are several others but none of them has plants or animals or people in it. It was also discussed that some planets appear to be stars from where we are because they, too are far away.
After that, the video was played up until right before Pluto gets mentioned. Short explanations and side notes were said while it was played, enumerating the planets and repeating their names several times. The movie can even be stopped a couple of times to make longer explanations for older kids if appropriate.
Finally, we drew the sun and the planets in a diagram, repeating the explanations in the video one more time and asking the kid questions about it. She was asked to make her own drawings about the sun, stars and planets (and then write the names of all the astral bodies if the kid can already write).