You don't have to plan, or have all these supplies on hand to make meaningful connections to what you are doing with you kids. You just have to think outside the box a little bit and tie it all together!
We played in the 'snow', at my MIL's preschool.
She gave us a bag of sugar cookie mix and a snowman ornament to keep the snow theme going at home. Well the universe works in amazing ways and that afternoon one of my oldest friends sent me a fun recipe to make snow ball cookies! Ta-Da! (Check out her baking blog, she is pretty good about posting stuff that actually tastes good!)
|Picture from: Kitchen Sweetness|
Another Extension Example:
We have been reading non-fiction books about zoo animals. I also bought the boys a subscription to Zoobies. (It is a small, hard paged, short and to the point magazine subscription about one animal each time.)
picture cubes from Thanksgiving? Now they have Eric Carle Animal Cards in them. The boys find the animals and we say the name and sound that animal makes. I also have certain letters showing on some cubes. Like the letter L for Luke and H for Hudson....
So once again, they had all this stuff that we do everyday leading up to the actual real experience of seeing these animals ALIVE!
And my random connection to the zoo:
Some nights after dinner we dance. Either the radio or whatever CD I have in the player in their room. Tonights CD was the Wiggles. Hudson kept wanting me to fast forward to the next song and low and behold, we hit the learning jackpot! The song was called Do the Monkey. (Keep in mind, my kids have no idea who The Wiggles are, or that they make movies, etc. So I made up my own dance moves!!) But it sings about Monkeys, Elephants, and Tigers!
And there you have it, connections being made, talked about, danced around!!!
I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. Use everyday outings and turn them into something a little more special! ((Like the grocery store; let them pick our some veggies or fruits and go home and let your children help turn it into something yummy! See, this could go on forever!))
I have a few more Valentine ideas too, I will post soon!