Monday, July 15, 2013

Machines and Tools that Dig

The final week of the summer reading program has arrived. We've had a wonderful time with the Dig Into Reading theme this year. For those of you that did not get a chance to make it to the reading program, we covered animals that dig, pirates and buried treasure, root vegetables, and machines and tools that dig. Each week the children learned something new about digging and had a wonderful time too.

Why do we dig?
  • Farmers dig fields to plant crops.
  • To plant trees for fruits and nuts or to use for building homes.
  • To plant vegetable gardens.
Why do companies dig?
  • Utility companies dig trenches and lay pipes so that we can have water in our homes.
  • Lakes and dams for power plants so that we can have electricity.
  • We drill for oil so that we can make gasoline for our cars and trucks.
  • We dig mines for gold and silver to make jewelry.

This week, Sally and Margaret showed the children many different types of shovels, rakes, and various other items that they could use to dig in different ways. After a quick lesson on how the items can be used, the kids picked a tool and tried to dig a small hole with them. We also provided a few toys and a sand pile for them to dig with. Once the digging came to an end, we enjoyed ice cream in the shade.

At the end of the program, each child picked out a couple of books as a prize for coming to the reading program. There's no better way to get a kid excited about reading than putting a book in their hands.