DRAMATIC PLAY: News Station

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For the months of May and June our dramatic play center is a: NEWS STATION

This is another new theme for us, so excited to see how it turns out. Great article to read on “How Dramatic Play Can Enhance Learning”: http://www.earlychildhoodnews.com/earlychildhood/article_view.aspx?ArticleID=751

Things to Gather for a NEWS STATION theme:
-Maps
-Microphones
-Cameras
-Tripod
-Desk
-Dress Up Clothes
-Phones
-Weather Books
-Books about your state
-Photos of news stations
-Clipboards
-Camcorder
-Headsets
-Paper & Pens
-Clocks

More resources to set up a news station center:
https://www.pinterest.com/schoolready13/dramatic-play-weather-station/

https://www.pinterest.com/katie1487/news-station-dramatic-play/

What our News Station looks like…

 

 

DRAMATIC PLAY: Dinosaur Cave

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For the months of March and April our dramatic play center is a: DINOSAUR CAVE

This is a brand new theme for us and based off the current interest of my group. They are obsessed with dinosaurs right now!

Great article to read on “How Dramatic Play Can Enhance Learning”: http://www.earlychildhoodnews.com/earlychildhood/article_view.aspx?ArticleID=751

Things to Gather for a DINOSAUR CAVE theme:
-Dinosaur posters
-Dinosaur books
-Dinosaur toys
-Dinosaur bones
-Big box for a cave
-Dress Up Clothes
-Clipboards
-Excavation Tools
-Plants

More resources to set up a dinosaur cave center:

http://playtolearnpreschool.us/dinosaur-dramatic-play/ http://www.prekfun.com/themes/prekthemes/a-f/dinosaurs/Dinosaurs__DramaticPlay.htm

http://www.preschoolrainbow.org/dinosaur.htm

https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=dinosaur%20dramatic%20play&rs=typed&0=dinosaur%7Ctyped&1=dramatic%7Ctyped&2=play%7Ctyped

What our Dinosaur Cave looks like…

CHILDREN’S COMMUNITY PROJECTS: Color-A-Smile

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May 2016 Community Project:

This was a new project for us. I think I found it through Pinterest. We colored coloring sheets that were printed from the Color-A-Smile website and sent them in for them to distribute.

Website: http://colorasmile.org/

Skills Learned/Worked On During This Project:
-Talked about helping others
-Talked about feelings
-Worked on color recognition
-Fine Motor Skills
-Talked about bugs (our coloring sheets has a caterpillar)
-Talked about the weather (our coloring sheets has a sun on them)

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LEARNING KIT: Math Play Box

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This year for Birthdays, the kids will be getting a Math Play Learning Kit. The kit is full of items that promote early math concepts. Below you can see what I put in the kit, where you can get it and where to download the set of free Math Play Idea Cards…
(Each kit ran less than $9.00)

Kit Includes:

  • Number Spinner
    (Found at Dollar Tree for $1.00 per package, think was a set of 6)
  • Foam Blocks (in different colors &/or shapes)
    (Found at Dollar Tree for $1.00 a set)
  • Number Flash Cards
    (Found at Dollar Tree for $1.00 a set)
  • Fraction Pieces
    (Found in the Target Dollar section for $1.00 a set)
  • Number Puzzles
    (Found in the Target Dollar section for $1.00 a package, think was a set of 6)
  • Number Matching Wheel
    (Found in the Target Dollar section for $1.00 a set)
  • Dice
    (Found at Dollar Tree for $1.00 a set)
  • Rulers
    (Found at Dollar Tree for $1.00 a package, came with 3 I think)
  • Pen & Paper
    (Already had in bulk in storage)
  • Math Play Idea Cards
    (Can download FREE at: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Play-Idea-Cards-2489159 )

    I try to find items that will fill a shoe box and the above items were about all I could fit, but you could also add:
    -Deck of Cards
    -Thermometers
    -Levels
    -Scales

INVOLVING CHILDREN IN THE COMMUNITY: Crayola Color Cycle

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March 2016 Community Project:

 

This was a new project for us. We helped a local elementary school earn new packages of markers for their art program. We collected our dried out markers and donated them to the school for them to recycle towards new ones.

Website: http://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx

Skills Learned/Worked On During This Project:
-Talked about helping others
-Worked on color recognition
-Fine motor skills (the kids had to cap and uncap the markers while testing them to see which ones were dried out)
-Talked about what recycling is and why it’s good

INVOLVING CHILDREN IN THE COMMUNITY: New Year Care Package for Children’s Hospital

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January 2016 Community Project:

Sending things to the Children’s Hospital is not a totally new project for us, we used to yearly send them Valentine Cards and Valentine items, and have sent them personal care item care packages, but this year thought we’d send them a New Year Care Package.

We went through the child care and found all our old craft kits (such as bunnies we made last year for an Easter craft and the package came with 12, but we only had 9 children, so we sent them the extra 3 kits), some new books and made them some New Year Cards.

Craft items are in big demand at the hospital, as these are items that can help keep the children occupied during their stays.

Website: https://www.uichildrens.org/

Skills Learned/Worked On During This Project:
-Talked about helping others.
-Talked about feelings (like missing someone, feeling lonely, feeling ill).
-Learned new vocabulary from the stories we read.
-Worked on fine motor skills when decorating cards.

DRAMATIC PLAY-Fairy-Tale Forest

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For the month of January and February our dramatic play center is a: FAIRY-TALE FOREST

This is a new theme for us and I’m very excited to see how the group responds. I’ve noticed that many of the children I have in my group are not familiar with a lot of the old school fairy tales in general so I am planning on introducing them all month long.

Great article to read on  “How Dramatic Play Can Enhance Learning”:
http://www.earlychildhoodnews.com/earlychildhood/article_view.aspx?ArticleID=751

Things to Gather for a FAIRY-TALE FOREST theme:
-Fairy-Tale Books
-Dress Up Clothes
-Blocks
-Snow
-Pens/Pencils
-Paper
-Forest Items
-Playhouse
-Visuals
-Fairy Tale Character Masks

More resources to set up a fairy-tale forest center:

http://www.prekinders.com/fairy-tales-theme/

http://www.preschool-plan-it.com/fairy-tales.html

http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/topic/roleplay/masks/fairytale-masks.html

What our Fairy-Tale Forest looks like…