This week our theme was Thought Bubbles & Talk Bubbles, with special focus on Interrupting / Blurting
Volcano Song: We warmed up our bodies and brains by watching a “Preschool Learn to Dance: Exploding Volcano” video and then following along with the body movements. Imitating body positions as part of a music & movement type of activity tends to be a staple of early childhood classrooms – it’s important that our kiddos practice thinking with their eyes and ears in order to follow the group plan
My Mouth is a Volcano: We read the book “My Mouth is a Volcano,” by Julia Cook. All of Louis’ thoughts are very important to him. In fact, his thoughts are SO important to him that when he has something to say, his words begin to wiggle, and then they do the jiggle, then his tongue pushes all of his important words up against his teeth, and he erupts, or interrupts others! His mouth is a volcano. We talked about the importance of thinking about a teacher/speaker with our eyes, raising a quiet hand (if necessary), listening to others, and waiting for our turn to speak.
Special Snack — POP ROCKS!: Each child got to try some Pop Rocks candy to represent the feeling of words wiggling & jiggling around the mouth and wanting to pop right out! In the book, Louis practices biting down and blowing his words out through his nose until it’s time to talk. We also use the language of keeping an idea in our thought bubble until it’s time to share it in our talk bubble. The Pop Rocks offered a fun, memorable way to practice keeping our mouths closed even when we feel those “wiggly words” bouncing around on our tongue.
Headbanz Game: Each child had a turn to wear the headband with a secret object on it – a horse, a hamburger, a cake, a fish. The rest of the group members were “clue-givers,” who helped the “headband wearer” figure out his/her secret picture…WITHOUT letting the answer erupt out of their volcanoes! We were so impressed with the self-control and thoughtful clue-giving of our kiddos. This is an easy game to play at home, too.
Volcano Experiment: We used baking soda + vinegar to make our own volcanoes! The kids did a nice job of sharing materials and being flexible. In our 5:15pm group, we also reviewed some conversational skills – for example, when a friend shares a story, it’s expected to ask a wondering question (e.g. “Who did you go on vacation with?”) or making a comment (e.g. “Cool!” or “I’ve been to Florida, too!”)