This past few weeks we have learned about the Alpine Tundra and Tundra Animals, mountain hiking, spruce tree’s, skiing, polar bears, penguins, yak’s, snow leopards and the arctic fox. As you can imagine, the amount of fun we have had this past few weeks has been amazing. Not only have we learned how diverse the ecosystem and weather can be, we have also learned the animals that live in the alpine tundra usually have multiple coats of fur. Hibernations is is also common among these animals — they sleep through the winter months to avoid the frigid temperatures.
We invited the kids to decorate the mask as desired, we also learned that polar bears are well adapted to survive in one of the harshest environments on our earth. As well as their thick fur, they have a layer of fat, called blubber, that insulates (protects) their bodies from the frosty air and near-freezing water.
Baylyx is learning about pattern’s and what a tree line is. I love the fact the Experience Early Learning curriculum allows me the opportunity to adapt their curriculum and use it as I please. Sometimes an activity that is used for math can also be used to pattern and much more.
Our creative art activity gave us the opportunity not only to use our fine motor skills we worked on visual arts and learned more about nature and earth science. We notice that the pinecones in the photo were much larger than the ones we painted with. We also discovered in the large pine cones we found there were bugs! EEEK!
They were very focused on this activity. We enjoy the tactile activities that Experience Early Learning Curriculum provides.
Penguin puppets, a penguin story and a penguin shelter. There is something so great about the Penguin! We learned that penguins are sea birds that they have wings not to fly but to help propel and guide them through the water. They are a flightless birds. We also learned that the female and male take turns caring for the egg and the young penguin after birth.
Arctic foxes live on the land and sea ice within the Arctic Circle. Winter in the Arctic is unlike winter in most parts of the world. Can you imagine being in the coldest parts of the earth and being little like the arctic fox? We asked questions like. Why do you think the fox is white?, What color do you think he might be in the spring? Their answers always surprise me and often make me giggle.