I decided to celebrate and educate Earth Day all week. There is plenty to teach on and plenty to learn about when it comes to our planet even when it comes to teaching it to a three year old!
We started today, which is actually a couple of days late on the actual "holiday" itself but due to the flooding in our basement (see here for a little more detail), Bible study and then a doctors appointment we have been very busy this week and our class or study times are also very limited. Our first project was planting some large Lima beans. We used a Large mason jar, some paper towels, about five beans and water. Vada, being the great helper that she is, did most of the work.
She is showing off her jar of wet beans. We will continue to water them and see what we get. Each day I will remind Vada about how we learned about Earth and how we planted some beans and then I will have her check on them to see if they have changed in any way. Hopefully, we will get some growth and eventually, maybe, we will be able to transfer the bean plant! We shall see.
Next Vada worked with her Pom Pom magnets that her sister made for her and a laminated sheet of the Earth. I was able to print the earth sheet for free, from Itsybitsylearners.com.
Next we did some matching, or two piece puzzles.
I downloaded the below printable's from Royalbaloo.com, again, these were all for free!
For each picture, I tried to talk a little about the drawing. The one below, I said that it was the Earth, where we live and what we are learning about.
The tree was a fun one to "talk" about. We ended up using our signs to talk about how the trees were homes to certain animals and how trees gave us air to breathe (and then we took big deep breaths).
My favorite matching cards that we talked about were the recycling and garbage cans.
I would say that the garbage stunk and make an acky sound and Vada would copy me.
And then I would say "Pee eww." and grab my nose and Vada would stick her nose out for me to grab as well.
Vada is a hands on learner for sure! She loves, loves, loves crafts and coloring, so we went onto to coloring a Recycling Bin Color book
Doesn't she just look like she is bossing someone around?
We finished our first day of celebrating Earth Day with some tracing, or pre-handwriting practice.
My oldest daughter Jasmine, took these photos of V and I writing. When I looked back through them I was really impressed to see how well Vada was following along visually (or so it seems in the photos). When we were writing together, I could feel Vada's muscles in her hands and was impressed at how she wasn't resisting but really going with my motions and at the same time grasping the marker. She did very well.
As usual and even she knows this by now, once we are done doing our practice sheets together, Vada get's her very own time to practice on her own!
I always use a different color when her and I write together than when she has her independent writing time. I like to be able to see all of her own markings.