So fun to be teaching preschool summer camp programs (I haven't actually taught one yet but I just know it will be awesome!) because when I need to learn things, practice things or prepare I can do it all with Sam and Avery!
Tomorrow I am running a frog and toad camp for 2-3 year oldsso Sam, Avery and I have been listening to frog calls on our Identiflyer, learning about the difference between frogs and toads and pretending to be frogs!
I would love to show you pictures of all that we have been up to but my camera is BUSTED! I have no idea what is going on but my wonderful Nikon D90 is down. The light meter thing that is suppose to tell me how to focus is not showing up and it won't focus at all on automatic. Have no idea what is going on but I am hoping when I get to St. Louis on Friday my awesome photographer sister can help me fix it!!
Anyway, you can check out the identiflyer here. And yes, they have great frog/toad song cards as well. When we were listening to the calls I started out by testing her to see if she remembered from previous times we have played with this which ones were the frogs/toads instead of birds. I would switch the cards back and forth from frogs to birds playing calls and asking her, "Frog or bird?" She had a blast with this and Avery was enthralled with all the calls.
Then as I was looking up frog and toad facts on here and here. Sam got to see lots of pictures of frogs and toads. We compared those pictures to the little frog pet we have living in our kitchen (it was the school pet that is now living at our house). I don't think Sam will really remember the difference between a toad and frog (living on land v. living in water, dry skin v. wet/slimy skin, lays eggs in strands attached to plants v. lays eggs in jelly covered clusters, etc.) but it is good information for her to start hearing.
Lastly, I took some old green scraps of fabric and cut out some lily pads. I put them on the floor and showed Sam how frogs like to hop. We hopped from lily pad to lily pad, counting as we went. We also practiced walking like toads, since they don't hop.
All in all it was a fun, frog filled day! And I feel very prepared to teach a preschool summer camp all about frogs and toads tomorrow!
The Nitty Gritty!
Here is where I give credit where credit is due. The stuff that we did today were not my own ideas. The program developer for the Wonder Bugs Preschool programs at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center put together all these ideas for the program tomorrow. I was simply practicing them with my girls.
If you are in the area and have a preschooler you absolutely MUST check out these programs!