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Teachers Guide

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white construction paper; crayons; cardboard; glue; scissors; markers; plastic bags; alphabet cereal; small paper napkins; paste

Teachers Guide - September, Series 3

2&3yr-old Yummy, Yummy Snack

4&5yr-old My Friends at School

PRE-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

An activity or craft idea will be provided in PRE-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES for those who wish to have something planned each day as the children arrive. If you do not use the idea during PRE-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES, you may use it at anytime during the day. Once again, provide plenty of time for clean up before beginning other activities.

Provide each child a piece of white construction paper (8½" x 11") and crayons. Encourage them to use the crayons to "draw" on the construction paper. (You will see a variety of creations from scribbling to drawing a picture. Be complimentary and accepting of all efforts.) As the children finish their drawings help them to glue the picture onto a piece of cardboard or heavy paper. After the glue dries, make a puzzle out of each child's drawing. Use a large marker to divide each drawing into 2 to 5 pieces, making sure that each division is different. (The puzzle should fit together only one way.) With scissors, cut on the marker lines to make the puzzle pieces. Allow some time for the children to play with their puzzles. Then store each puzzle in a plastic bag that zips closed with the child's name on it, so he or she can take it home.


OPENING EXERCISES & REFRESHMENTS

With the children sitting in a circle, open your day. You may wish to include flag salute and song, calendar and/or weather. This is also a good time for share-and-tell. It gives the children an opportunity to share things that are important to them.

Before snack is served each day, be sure the children wash their hands. You may say grace together if you wish.

I fold my hands, I bow my head,
To thank Thee, God, for this good bread.

Today give each child a handful of alphabet cereal. Then have them find the letters of their name. They may use their name tags to help them find the letters. After they find the letters, let the children enjoy eating their name. Have extra cereal available for hungry workers.


LISTENING

Ask the children to recall sounds they heard on the way to school. Then have them close their eyes and listen. What do you hear? While the children are listening, teacher closes a door, coughs, laughs, writes on a chalkboard, walks across the room, etc.


TWO AND THREE YEAR OLDS

2&3yr-oldWe will have a snack in school each day. Look at your activity paper to see what snack is on it. What do you see that is round? (a cookie) What do you think is in the glass? (juice, milk, water, etc.) Use crayons or markers to color the cookie and juice/milk/water. What is the square shape? (a napkin) Provide a small paper napkin and paste it on the square. Then cut out the cookie and paste it on the napkin. Cut out the glass, fold the tab, and paste the tab to the space shown so that the glass stands up. Yummy, yummy snack!


FOUR AND FIVE YEAR OLDS

4&5yr-old

I have fun with my friends at school each day.
We work and learn and laugh and play.

Look at your activity paper. What do you see? (school) What is your favorite thing at school? Use scissors to cut out the triangle-shaped pieces at the end of the roof. Then fold on the solid line. Your school will stand up.

Open the paper and provide crayons for the children to draw pictures of their friends at school. Teacher should circulate while the children are drawing and label the friends' pictures with their names. Encourage the children to take their activity home to introduce their friends at school to their family.


DISCUSSION & LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

A child's name is a very special thing. It is important at this age for each child to be able to recognize his/her name. Although some children may be able to write their names at this age, it is not necessary. When you print a child's name on a name tag or activity paper, use an upper case letter for the beginning and lower case letters for the remaining letters in the name. Children can begin to understand that we use upper and lower case letters for writing.

Begin today's discussion by saying: "I am thinking of something that belongs to each of you." Continue giving clues until the children discover the answer. (a name) You have it with you all the time. You put it on things to let people know those things are yours. When someone wants to talk to you they use this. It is on the tag you are wearing today.

Teacher says, "My name is _____." Then allow the children to introduce themselves as you sing.

"WHO ARE YOU?" (tune - "Row, Row, Row Your Boat")
Who, who, who are you? It would be so fine.
If you tell me what your name is, I will tell you mine.

End the activity by asking, "Can you tell me my name?" Then ask each child to identify the child(ren) sitting next to him/her. Younger children may only remember first names. Older children may be able to remember first and last names.


MATH

Make a graph of the children's names. As each child tells you his/her name, write it on a graph drawn on the chalkboard orchart paper. Count the letter in each name or look at each name to find out -- How many letters in your name? Who has the longest name? Who has the shortest name? Do any of the children have the same name? Are they spelled the same?


PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES

Ask the children to stand in a circle. Teacher points to one of the children. That child says his/her name accompanied by an action (jump, hop, skip, wink, wave, etc.). The other children repeat the name and the action. Be sure each child has a turn to tell his/her name and do an action.


SONG

"GOOD-BYE" (tune - "Are You Sleeping?")

Teacher

Good-bye, children.
Good-bye, children.
I'll see you soon.
I'll see you soon.
See you next on
name of the next school day
See you next on name of the next school day
We'll work and play.
We'll work and play.

Children

Good-bye, teacher.
Good-bye, teacher.
We'll see you soon.
We'll see you soon.
See you next on
name of the next school day
See you next on name of the next school day
We'll work and play.
We'll work and play.