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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…

 

 

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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: 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.