Surprisingly, despite me allowing Little Guy to pick what we learn about most days this month, it took us until nearly the end of March to get to Crawfish day (crawfish will be referred to crawdads for the rest of this post). My son loves The Andy Griffith Show, and as I shared in my What's In The Box posts for At the Pond, Andy and Opie sing a song in a couple episodes called The Crawdad Song. If you were a fly on the wall at our house, you would hear Little Guy and I singing The Crawdad Song many, many times a day. Since you are not a fly on the wall, I recorded Little Guy singing it. Not me though, because that is to embarrassing.
We also sang a song provided by Mother Goose Time called "Be a Crawfish" set to the tune of If You're Happy and You Know It.
Our first activity of the day was called Crawdads and Ducks. I realized soon after starting that I would need some rocks (who reads the Teacher Guide before starting for the day. Oh, every one but me... oops), so I ran outside and got some out of our driveway. Never been happy to have a gravel driveway until yesterday!
We talked about what animals like to eat crawdads (focusing on ducks), then we got out our Math Story Cards and Duck Counters, and added them to the rocks. I read the story problems to him, and he set out the counters and rocks as appropriate, pretending the rocks were crawdads and saying ducks instead of herons. Because Little Guy can't really read yet, so why not?
Next he made some Crawdad Clappers, using cardboard, markers, glue and bingo chips. We talked about what crawdads do with their claws, then he was supposed to clap along with some music, but it took a long time for both the glue, and the crazy amount of marker he used to dry and we didn't actually do that part.
Our last project of the day was a Pond Postcard. He used our Diamond Shape Stamp to stamp shapes on a postcard, then I showed him how to make them into creatures. He changed them into fish, frogs, crawdads and lilypads. Then I took down some dictation while he wrote to my mom. Unlike most months we actually sent this one!
This month has been so fun! I am so happy that we get Mother Goose Time for free in exchange for sharing our fun experiences and pictures!