On one of the many preschool pages I follow on Facebook, I learned about Dr. Jean. The description on her YouTube channel states that it’s for “teachers and parents to enjoy with their children.” Well, that’s exactly what happened.
As a mom, I enjoyed The Banana Song very much and we heard it for the first time this week. We even had props to go along with it thanks to a collection of plush play food we keep in the toy kitchen (all except for mango.) In addition to music and movement, I followed up the song with a few facts about nutrition.
If you don’t have any pretend food available, check your recycle bin. Chances are there’s a decent image of food on a product box or magazine that you can cut out. I also like to write the name on the back of the item to reinforce letter recognition. We’ve sorted these into the five food groups and served them to each other when we play restaurant.
I love singing silly songs and learning chants all on my own, by the way. I could be doing something totally random and verses start forming in my head for early learning fun. For instance, this morning it was raining and I began humming a tune. Something about the day being wet, which means it’s raining. But that the day was still new, so no sense complaining.
Kids keep me busy with things like this but so does the kitchen and food happens here.