Playdate: May 15, 2015
Theme was chosen in honor of Wildflower Week
— Welcome song in English (emphasizes printed name recognition as Sweet Peas find their card in a line-up and place it on our Name Ledge)
— Welcome song in Spanish (reinforces names as Sweet Peas sing to their peers)
— Discussion of theme
— Unsquiggle activity
— Poem/Song before we break for Centers
Most of the activities this week were inspired by print-outs or songs in The Mailbox Superbook.
In lieu of a book, we used a song and a discovery activity for the children to explore the growing cycle of a flower.
We talked about the vocabulary first, and then introduced the song. The third time through, each Sweet Pea got to play a part of the song. One was the sun, one was the gardener watering, and the remaining children got to be flowers growing in the garden. We took turns so that each child got to play each part.
This is another printout from The Mailbox Superbook – the main point was to develop some motor skills through tracing. I added a print element to the activity by printing out word strips for the children to cut and paste on their worksheet after tracing the flower shapes. Crayons, scissors, glue, plus some vocabulary…WIN
Sorting and counting…always a good math center! The children could sort by color, type of leaf, whether the edge was smooth or rippled…and probably more ways than we tried that morning!
An advanced version of this center could be done by making tally marks to track results, and/or plotting a line graph with the results.
This activity is the only one that came from The Toddler Calendar. Felt sticks to itself, so the only thing I had to do was go buy it. Aside from cutting their pattern out, I also added a print element by creating labels for all the parts of the flower.
ARTS & CRAFTS ~ Make & Take
This activity has been bookmarked in The Mailbox Superbook since I first started using it when Puma was 3 years old. I finally made the time to execute it! Better late than never
I used sponges from the dollar store, and cut each color into a different part of the flower. This was again, a reinforcement of the vocabulary words of the day that centered around the theme: flower, leaf, and stem…no “roots” this time!
We finish our Preschool Playdate with a sharing time: each child that wants to share gets to say what (s)he enjoyed the most about the morning. This morning, the discovery table activity and the arts & crafts activity were the big winners.
We close with a good-bye song where children are welcome to give hugs. It helps to set a formal end to the time together so that parents that have somewhere to be afterwards have a clear reason to insist that it’s time to go – school is over!! Otherwise, the kiddos and parents that don’t have to leave will stay and play until the music teacher for our older Sweet Peas arrives at noon.