Foxes have always been a special animal on my family’s totem. You can most often find them in children’s literature based on fairy tales and magic. To go along with our Parts of the Fox adventure, we thoroughly enjoyed watching The Little Prince, researching how the spirit of the fox can help emotionally in times of need or of service, and reading The Crystal Journey Adventures featuring a fox named Wizard.
When I came across The Montessori Company’s nomenclature cards I was smitten by the hand-drawn, watercolor sketches… I vowed to make them a part of my collection of nomenclature cards and the first illustrated cards to make it into my animal classification drawers.
This post features TMC’s Parts of a Fox cards. I always add a small figurine or specimen with the animal nomenclature cards so that they child has something to compare the pictures to.
For some animals, I also include the animal message card (found here) that provides a child-friendly message on what emotional guidance and inspiration the animal can give.
You can read my article about these cards, HERE.
The next post will show how you can use what you learned from these cards to create a miniature clay fox. You can see this post, HERE.
But first, let’s learn about the parts of a fox!
Materials: (click on the highlighted links to see the material – some are affiliate links at no extra cost to you)
- Parts of a Fox nomenclature cards
- fox miniature (optional)
- Children’s Spirit Animals cards (optional)
- parts of a fox booklet pages – comes with cards (print and cut)
- colored pencils (orange, red, black, white, gray)
Place all of your materials to the left side of the rug or table.
Have the child begin to lay the large cards out from left to right, top to bottom (note: this sequence helps to reinforce reading and writing from left to right, top to bottom).
The little fox wants to watch.
Once all of the cards are neatly displayed you can go through each card and read the part’s name. You could even converse about the illustrated body part (“Look how fluffy the fox’s tail is!” “The fox must have very strong eyes to be able to see his prey.“) Make it short, sweet, and conversational.
The next step is to match the picture card with it’s corresponding large card. I will normally do the first one if it’s their first go at nomenclature cards. Hold the picture card next to each set of large cards until you find the one that matches. This can be pretty exaggerated, but the less verbal the better.
Once you find the matching picture you can place the picture card on top of the large card, or you can lay it below the large card. We place ours on top.
Continue matching the picture cards to their corresponding large card. The fox miniature comes in handy here. The child can use it to investigate the body part a little further.
The concept of keen observation is also at play here. The chest of the fox shown here will not show as much color as the back.
Once all of the picture cards are laid out in their proper places, we can begin to match the words. I like to lay the name cards out along the bottom so that the child can see and match more easily. This might be too overwhelming for some children, so just gauge each individual child.
For beginner and pre-readers, they are simply matching the letters (I often describe them as symbols that we call letters).
Once the child has found the match, place the name card on top of the large card. Read the word out loud.
Choose another name card. Match the card, then read the name out loud.
Continue to do this until all of the cards are matched. The control of error here is if the remaining name card doesn’t match the remaining large card. If this is the case, then go through the parts of a fox cards comparing the left over name card until you find the correct match.
Now you are ready to make your parts of a fox booklet! These pages should already be cut and ready to use. I will store them either in the basket with the nomenclature cards, or in the taxonomy drawers I have in the science area.
You can either keep all of the nomenclature cards set on the rug/table as you left them, or you can stack the large cards back together. It’s up to you. Either way, take one booklet page and one nomenclature card.
Have the child take care in coloring her work. Sometimes you can point out, “Look how much more orange this area is than this area.” Or just back off and let them do it themselves!
Then have the child write the name of the card on the booklet page. The miniature fox (aptly named “Foxy”) is approving his friend’s artwork.
Do the same for the other parts. You may need to use other types of media such as crayons. I would love to use watercolors on these if the booklet pages were larger.
She can then make a cover for the booklet. This child used the miniature fox as a guide to help her draw hers. Beautiful and very impressive.
Staple together and ooh and ahh at the beautiful work!!