Monthly Archives: January 2016

INVOLVING CHILDREN IN THE COMMUNITY: Holiday Cards for Hero’s

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December 2015 Community Project:

Holiday Cards for Hero’s is also a new project for us. This project is now organized by local Red Cross facilities, so if you want to participate, you just contact your area Red Cross office.

The kids decorated and wrote messages in holiday cards and we sent them in to the Red Cross.

website: http://www.redcross.org/local/ia

Skills Learned/Worked On During This Project:
-Talked about helping others.
-Learned about feelings (like missing someone, feeling lonely).
-Talked about how things make us feel.
-Shared stories about what things we were grateful/thankful for.
-Learned new vocabulary from the stories we read.
-Talked about who we see during the holidays
-Talked about how not everyone gets to see family at holidays.
-Worked on fine motor skills when decorating cards.

 

 

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DRAMATIC PLAY: Post Office

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For the month of November and December our dramatic play center is a: POST OFFICE

The post office theme is not a first for my current group, but thought it’d be a perfect fit for the holidays. The kids are probably seeing their families send and mail holiday packages and they could pretend to do that as well.

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 APPLE ORCHARD theme:
-Cards
-Envelopes
-Junk Mail
-Ink Pads & Stamps
-Pens/Pencils
-Paper
-Cash Register
-Play Money
-Visuals
-Table
-Mailbox
-Dress Up Clothes

More resources to set up a post office center:
http://www.prekinders.com/post-office-dramatic-play/

 

http://www.pre-kpages.com/dramatic-play-post-office/

Post Office Dramatic Play

What our Post Office looks like…

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INVOLVING CHILDREN IN THE COMMUNITY: Candy for Troops

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October 2015 Community Project:

Operation Gratitude (Candy for Troops) is a new project for us. I had heard about it a couple years ago when I started hearing about the “Switch Witch” (a witch that you have your child give their Halloween candy too and the witch then exchanges the candy for a non-sweet treat). There were also local dentists giving children money in exchange for their candy. So I thought this would be a great project to teach some nutrition lessons along with giving to others.

With this project, I also introduced the concept of the Switch Witch (which you can now purchase at stores just like an Elf on the Shelf). The Switch Witch was who delivered the candy to the troops for us and then left us non-sweet treats like books in place of our candy.
Operation Gratitude also takes many other types of donations. To learn more, go to their website: http://www.operationgratitude.com/

 

Skills Learned/Worked On During This Project:
-Talked about helping others.
-Learned about feelings.
-Talked about how things make us feel.
-Shared stories about what things we were grateful/thankful for.
-Learned new vocabulary from the stories we read.
-Learned about sharing.
-Talked about nutrition.
-Talked about dental care and what foods are good and bad for your teeth.