With Christmas so close, we decided last week to focus on activities related to Christmas so everyone would be engaged and excited. As you can see, the younger children really enjoy decorating the kids Christmas Tree, taking decorations off, and redecorating again. I love that they will work side by side to decorate it. Such sweet Super Friends.
The VPK age and three year olds enjoyed playing the Build a Gingerbread Man game. They had to wait a turn for this game, roll the dice, and then find the number of dots to know which item to add to their gingerbread man. Waiting for a turn is a very hard task for three and four year olds.
Below are some of the learning games we put together this weekend. You can see that they use fine motor skills to open and close the mittens glued onto clothes pins, and to attach the links on the cards for the gingerbread math activity. Also you can see that they are using math skills to read the number, subitize (or count if necessary) the gingerbreads on the ten frame, count the gumdrops, and lastly count the cute gingerbread sticks grouped into fives. We also have word "lights" with some of our recent sight words, and the children chose a word then choose the letters to hang up that make the word. Each game has a visual description of how to play it so the children remember steps.
The Candy Cane ten frame game we just read the number, subitized or counted the candy canes, and added the appropriate number of tiny erasers to make 10. We didn't worry about adding the number on the line to make the full equation. We will add that part tomorrow.
Everyone has still been enjoying working in the usual centers as well. You can see the block center "under construction" as the two and three year olds are working on building.
We had been seeing many bad choices. Then we brought the "Super Friend chain" or "Helping Hand" chain back into play. So many nice choices are encouraged by this chain! Every time it touches the floor, we take a piece of paper out of our idea jar with something written on it. Last week we had a trip to a fantastic Lakeland park which the children thoroughly enjoyed! I wonder what we will get next time we have reached the floor.
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