Today is April 22, Earth Day! This whole week we are focusing on activities and stories relevant to taking care of and honoring our planet. Today we have Morah Lana doing Earth Day Yoga https://youtu.be/xTySqx0qRY4
Earth Day Art:
The Tiny Seed Art
Using colored paper, or white paper and markers, your child can create a flower collage. Have your child cut out flower petals (color of your child’s choice), a yellow center, a green stem, and green leaves. They can glue these parts onto a sky blue piece of paper.
Here are instructions for a bird feeder (as per Morah Haley's Youtube video that was posted on Monday):
Recycled Bird Feeder
If you would like to hang your feeder, punch two holes on either side of the top before completing the following steps!
Cover the outside of the roll of your choice in peanut butter. You can use a paint brush or fingers to do so!
Place bird seed in a bowl or tray big enough for the roll to fit.
Place your peanut butter covered roll in the seed to coat the outside fully.
If you choose to hang your feeder, tie a string through the holes and hang outside. If you choose not to hang your feeder, it can be placed in a tree, bush, or outdoor area. Enjoy the birds!
Continue to check the weather and have your child record it on your April Weather chart printout (with Monday's email).
Print out the Flower Pot attachmentfor coloring, cutting and pasting. Depending on your child, have them color the picture, and the adult can cut out and read the words to the child and have them paste on the corresponding part of the flower. If your child is starting to read, ask them to tell you the first sound of the printed word (label) and from there they can guess the word, ('Clue, it's something on the picture'), or continue to sound out the word. You may point out to your child that an 'a' and an 'e' right next to each other make a new sound pronounced 'ea'. Write the word 'leaf' on a separate piece of paper and underline the 'ea' (or write those sounds in green, as per Montessori phonogram sandpaper letters) and the 'l' and 'f' with a 'writing' (grey) pencil.
If you have an empty egg carton in your recycling, or an egg carton in the refrigerator, carefully remove the eggs and place them safely in a container with a paper towel to protect them from cracking. Use the eggs when you need them, and save the eggshell halves to use for the planting activity below. RECYCLING protects our planet Earth!
Mark the egg carton from 1-12. Take out some dry beans and place them in a small container. Using tweezers, tongs, a spoon or your fingertips, transfer the beans to the egg carton. Place one bean in the egg carton area marked '1.' Place 2 beans in the area marked '2.' Continue for all 12 areas, slowly count the beans as you transfer them to the egg carton. (An ice tray can be used instead of an egg carton.) Adult can demonstrate and then invite your child to do the activity.
The egg carton and egg shells can be used to plant dried beans, as per the story read today during Morah Lana's Zoom meeting: Using cracked eggshell halves, prick a hole in each eggshell. Add a tablespoon of soil to each eggshell, (number each eggshell 1-12) and place each in the egg carton. Place one dried bean in each eggshell and cover with soil. Water a little each day, place on a sunny windowsill and the beans will start to grow. After about three days, check the eggshell marked 1. Lift out the bean carefully - it may appear wrinkled. About two days later, check eggshell marked 2. Carefully move the soil away and see if you notice anything. Wait a few days and check eggshell marked 3. Maybe you will see some root hairs starting to grow. Continue checking each eggshell, every few days and see how the bean is growing. Eventually you will see a shoot growing up towards the light. When you see the shoots grow, carefully move the soil away and see if you notice roots. Once you have observed the roots, the next numbered eggshell will not need to be removed to see growth, leave it in the eggshell and watch the leaves grow, day by day. Eventually you will be able to plant your bean plant(s) in the ground.