Anna’s topic in preschool this week was rainforest, so yet again I changed my plans on the fly and found some rainforest activities to do at home. Unfortunately, our library books only arrived on Thursday, and until then we were finishing up reading about polar bears and penguins. I don’t know about Anna, but I really learned a lot of things about polar bears that I never knew before. Anna outright refused Making Learning Fun Rainforest printables, and wasn’t interested in making a butterfly either. She was more enthusiastic about building (a very spare) rainforest out of Lego and playing with her plastic animals. Technically, she has a set of African animals, but some of them can be found in rainforest too, so we discussed which animals can live in rainforest, and which animals like savannas or deserts best.
We have a lot of books about rainforest to read but as I said, they arrived rather late, so we are still in the middle of reading them.
Both Anna and I liked every book from Cat In The Hat Learning Library series that we tried. If I Ran the Rainforest was well received here. Again, it talks about many concepts in a very simple-to-understand way. Anna loved the labeling of different rainforest animals and plants in the pictures and already spent significant time reading the labels. Again, I learned some things about rainforests from this book that I never knew before (well, not in English language anyway).
And here is a short unprompted story from Anna about Rainforest. Anna (taking deep breaths): Do you know what I am breathing? Oxygen! Oxygen comes from rainforests, and rainforests are wet. They have canopy and understory. Me: Understory? Anna: Yes! Ms Kelly told us! I want to visit rainforest – let me go pack my backpack.
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