This week for our very first week of Preschool, we started with the theme: “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (from Psalm 139). The goal for this unit is for our little one to: know the body parts (as many of them as possible) and know who “I” am.
For Week 1 the focus was the face. We tried to teach G where her eyes, ears, mouth, and nose are on her face.
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes. This was pretty interesting the first night because I enlisted Dad’s help to sing this song with the motions to our little one before bed and she pretty much ignored us completely. But as the week wore on and she got used to hearing the tune. She really started paying attention and watched as we did the motions.
For those of you who don’t know the words to this song, here they are:
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes. Knees and toes. (Repeat)
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose.
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes. Knees and toes.
This is, of course sung while pointing to the body part mentioned. We sang this song and pointed to Mama’s body parts, to little one’s body parts, and to her new baby doll’s body parts.
We also LOVE the Peek-a-Boo song (to the tune of Fere Jacques):
Peek-a Boo, Peek-a-Boo,
I see you, I see you!
I see your button nose
And your little toes
I see you!
Our books for the week came from our collection of books, but you can probably find them at the library or at your local big bookstore. They were:
Where is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz
Baby’s Very First Black and White Book: Faces an Usborne Book
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes… by Annie Kubler
Shake a Leg a Sesame Street book – this goes through all the body parts and instructs the reader to “do something” with each part – it is a good interactive book
All of Baby, Nose to Toes by Victoria Adler
Richard Scarry’s This is Me – a really simple book with a fun diagram picture of a body.
Bubbles, Bubbles from Sesame Street books – this just mentions the nose and toes, but it is great for bath time discussions of the body parts.
Eyes & Nose, Fingers & Toes another Sesame Street book – sold in a set with Bubbles, Bubbles.
Bath time talking about the body parts. It is fun to have a bubble bath and put bubbles (we love Mustela for babies!) on each of the parts of the face.
Dad took our chalkboard and drew a face for G on it. Then we helped her to identify the parts of the face. This was a fun activity because she had never seen anyone draw before.
On an un-face-related, but still body related note: we also did a hand print art project for Father’s day. She really liked this and when we presented it to Dad, she was overjoyed to see her hand print again!
I know these are really simple ideas, but I have already started to see progress in her understanding of the face.
We are looking forward to week two’s focus: the feet.