Oceans Resource Wrap-Up

I wanted to give a completed resource list for our play school unit on beaches and the ocean. We’re using Hubbard’s Cupboard free 2’s curriculum as a jumping off point, but as you’ll see, we added and adjusted a bit. Please go to the original curriculum for math, art, and theme activities because this unit at least I didn’t get creative. Maybe next time!

Bible:

  • Creation from the Jesus Storybook Bible
  • Genesis 1 from NASB
  • Counting and talking about the days of creation

Hymn and Verse songs:

  • My God is So Big (change “valleys” to “oceans” in the 2nd verse)
  • Genesis 1:1 (See Hubbard’s Cupboard, it’s from their list)

Fiction:

  • Beach Feet by Kiyomie Konagaya
  • Sea, Sand, and Me by Patricia Hubbell (the girls’ favorite!)
  • Sand in my Shoes by Wendy Kesselman

Non-Fiction:

  • Looking Closely Along the Shore by Frank Serafini
  • A Swim through the Sea by Kristin Joy Pratt
  • Habitat Survival: Oceans by Claire Llewellyn
  • On the Seashore by Anna Milbourn (reads like a picture book – good intro to nonfiction)

Movies

  • Eye Witness: Seashore
  • Reading Rainbow: Dive to the Coral Reefs
  • Bob the Builder at the Seashore

We’ve gotten a ton of use out of our sensory bin, which is made to look like a beach. It has a bed of cheap cornmeal, a sprinkle of gold glitter, 2 shovels (one for each toddler), a few shells, and a few beach toys. They LOVE running the cornmeal through their hands. And then, of course, throwing it in the air to be pixie dust… I love the way kids think!

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Another big hit was singing and playing “This is the way we go to the beach.” If you couldn’t guess, it’s to the tune of “Here we go round the mulberry bush.” The curriculum has a list of different verses you can add; I usually just made some up. We ran to the beach, jumped to the beach, spun in a circle to the beach, marched to the beach, swam at the beach… you get the idea. Fantastic energy burner!

Next week starts the Camping unit. The curriculum only has you making one sensory bin a month, so the kids will continue playing beach – unless I get bored and make something different! I just picked up a bagful of books from the library. Tonight I’m planning to pre-read everything to get it sorted and remake the basket. I love having the theme basket out first thing in the morning when the other kids arrive! It’s just so inviting to dive right in to our exploring.

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