Monday, September 29, 2008

sunflower season...

As October approaches, it's time to switch things up a bit around the classroom. One new lesson on the practical life shelves this week is a sunflower seed tweezers transfer lesson. Last week, we asked parents to donate sunflowers from their yards to the school. The sunflowers have to be fairly dried out for this to work.

Children use the tweezers to pull individual seeds from the sunflower and transfer them to a dish. Eventually, we will roast the seeds under the broiler and eat them as a snack. Using tweezers takes quite a lot of fine motor strength and precision, but it's very satisfying work for the children!

Here's a sunflower song that can also be played on the bells - not sure if I got the notes right :)

sunflower, sunflower
do-re-mi do-re-me

yellow and brown
do-re mi fa

you are the prettiest
do re mi do-re-mi

flower around
do-re mi-fa

tall, straight
ti la

full of grace
so fa mi

I love the smile
do re mi do

On your bright
re mi fa

yellow face
so-la ti

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness, I was wondering what I was going to do with the sunflowers in my yard and now I know! Thanks for sharing this, I can't wait!


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