Sunday, February 1, 2015

MFW Unit 16: Penguin

The theme of Unit 16 of Mercedes' My Father's World Kindergarten was Penguins. We read lots of books about penguins and watched some documentaries on youtube. We learned that the daddy penguins are the ones that take care of the eggs until the babies hatch. We also learned that penguins live together in large groups, like a big family. 

The Bible lesson was, "I show love to everyone, especially my family." We learned that in addition to our parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins, we are also part of God's family, which is a BIG family all around the world, and everyone who loves God and believes in Jesus is a part of that family. We also recently found a new church family (after 5 years of searching)! which we are thrilled about. Mercedes especially is absolutely loving her Sunday School class and has joined Awana as well. Every time I pick her up from class she has a huge smile on her face and tells me it's been the best day of her life. 

We learned that daddy penguins balance their babies' eggs on their feet. Mercedes practiced with a hard boiled egg.

Mercedes used pictures from a book to help her paint a penguin family.

We made "shape penguins".

We talked about what great daddies penguins are, and about how great the girls' daddy is and wrote him a thank you note.

We learned that penguins live in Antarctica where it's very cold, and found where that is on our globe. The water they swim in is ice cold and sometimes they sit on icebergs which float in the water. We made our own icebergs (by freezing water in sandwich size Ziploc bags) in the pretend Atlantic Ocean and let some penguins float around on them.

We used number cards, counting bears and dice to start introducing the concept of addition. Mercedes would roll the dice, we'd count out the bears, place the correct number cards underneath and I'd have Mercedes write out the equation (ex. 2 + 4 = 6). She loved this game and really seemed to grasp the concept of addition.

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