We had such a great time kicking off our unit about bodies and blood today! Before I get to the ooey gooey details I'll share that we're doing fantastic with our reading lessons. We learned about the sight word "the" by practicing touching our top teeth and sticking out our tongues to say the /th/ sound and then opening up the sound in our mouth to say "the". We're using the Amazing Action Alphabet mini reader books to practice blending letter sounds to read words. We're also learning about vowels and consonants. Being able to sort vowels and consonants helps us to identify them as we learn advanced phonics such as vowel teams to make the long vowel sound. (Note: each child only participated in one lesson, the letters and sight word lesson or the vowels and consonants lesson, whichever was appropriate for them.)"The Bloodmobile" by They Might Be Giants. By dissecting the song we learned about the parts of blood (red blood cells and white blood cells is all this week). As each item came up I dumped our pretend version of the "blood" into our "vein" containers. We also explored the different jobs that the blood does through the song and added the foam representations to our "vein" as we learned about them. Following the introduction we got to dive in and explore the "blood"! We talked about being brave enough to touch it because it was a little ooey gooey for some of the kids. It was fascinating watching the kids play with the pieces and act out delivering the "messages" and "taking out the trash". They even had the white blood cells fighting off the germs.
Here is my own little buddy enjoying his day at Options today.