Tuesday’s focus was the nursery rhyme, RIDE A COCK HORSE TO BANBURY CROSS. The children worked in the hallway with Mrs. Lozano, reading the nursery rhyme and examining a classic painting that describes the tale itself. Next, the children were given puzzles of the same painting which they had to put back together and then glue onto a paper. She also had the children work on fine motor skills by tracing the shape of a horse and coloring it in using crayons.
While Mrs Lozano worked in the hallway, Ms. Newman worked in the classroom on the original art pieces begun on Monday. She also guided children to create beaded rings which we would use later in the day as we acted out the nursery rhyme.
After singing and chanting about letter A as well as skipping to some of our favorite nursery rhymes, we again reviewed a picture of RIDE A COCK HORSE and then Ms Newman asked the children to tell her what a cock horse was. Although they were looking at an illustration of a child riding a cock horse, it was interesting to observe the children searching for words to describe what they saw (Peacock Horse was a popular answer…..it rhymes with cock horse and was a logical response to the children). She charted each child’s response and then took out a cock horse to ride….a STICK HORSE!!
The children worked in small groups to color, cut and put together their own stick horses. We then patterned with beads to create an anklet of sorts to allow us to have the “bells on our toes” of the nursery thyme before finishing our day with a stick horse race.