This month has been so much fun. This last week we learned about light and dark and had our Christmas party.
One of the first activities we did this week was a play dough activity. The students made a pretend birthday cake out of play dough. They rolled a die to see how many candles they would put on top of their cake. They continued this process until all the candles were used. This was a fun activity. The students always enjoy playing with play dough, but adding candles to the mix added a whole new level of fun! They were excited to create. A few of them sang “Happy Birthday” to themselves after they made their cake. The best part for me (as their teacher) was all the skills they were learning while they played. They were practicing identifying numbers, counting, and strengthening their hand muscles.
Another activity we did this week was play “Would You Rather…”. This is one of my favorite games sent from Mother Goose Time. I have found that at this age (3 and 4) students have a difficult time expressing a preference. Most often there is one strong leader in the group who makes a choice and the rest follow. This is a game we play once a month. I have noticed a difference since the beginning of the school year until now. The students have started realizing that it’s okay to be different. It’s okay to have your own opinion. It’s okay to choose something that nobody else chose. Sometimes it’s difficult to be the only one to choose a specific choice, but this game helps students build confidence in their ability to make their own decisions.
This week we also talked about shadows. The students practiced making shape shadows. This was a little bit of a difficult activity for the students. They had a hard time holding the shape and the flashlight as the same time. So, I put them in partners. One partner holds the shape and the other partner holds the flashlight. This didn’t work either…. for some reason. I ended up having to hold the flashlight for each student and calling them up one by one to hold the shape. They each got to cast a shape shadow. It ended up being a really fun activity. The students had so much fun with shapes and wanted to do more. I left the flashlights out during free play and let them make more shadows of various objects.
The last thing we did this week was have our Christmas party. Mother Goose Time has a Christmas Celebration kit that I downloaded and printed off myself. My color printer isn’t working so it’s black and white. But the kids didn’t seem to mind.
The first game we played was a math game. The students turned over a card, identified the number, and then put a cotton ball on that number on Santa’s beard. Our goal was to fill up all of Santa’s beard.
One last thing we did at our Christmas celebration was read “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Mother Goose Time provided story pieces that the students could use to help act out the story. It made the story more exciting and engaging.
We have a week off before the kids come back. I am excited for the New Year and more learning and fun!
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