A Place to Connect Teachers and Support Children

Posts tagged ‘family’

Together we Stand

Every year, building our classroom community is one of my ultimate favorite things to do! I love it because I feel we begin to build our “family.”  We learn how we can work together as a team, support each other, and be the best we can be!  Every year our classroom community looks different.  We have a basic foundation to our framework but each year the children lead us.

This year, I decided to use the book The Peaceful Classroom: 162 Easy Activities to Teach Preschoolers Compassion and Cooperation By Charles A. Smith, PhD as a supplement to my teaching.  This book offers activities to build and then support the classroom “family.”  One of our favorite songs from the book so far is below. We are currently using this song to  start our group.  In the book the rhyme goes as follows:

Hands together, make a group

Hands together, make a group

All together, here we stand

This is our group, so lend a hand

After trying to follow the lyrics, the children condensed it and made it their own by chanting:

Together we stand and we lend a hand!

A few days ago, I forgot to begin group this way.  I was quickly reminded it was time to link hands and chant.  When a friend had to get up to wipe his nose and wash his hands, we all waited to make sure he was a part of the song.

Teachers: What is something you do to build classroom community?

Families: What is a ritual from your family?

Advertisements

Winter Blues

Cold! Frigid! Freezing! No matter how you put it, if you live in the Midwest, you can probably add more words to this list.  If you live in the Midwest, you are probably thinking are we EVER going to make it out of this cold weather funk!  As I look at the forecast, I feel there is no end in sight and if I believe the groundhog six weeks of winter are here to stay.

So….What can you do with your child or families to beat this weather?!

 

  1. Family Game/Movie Night
  2. Create a bowling alley in your home.  Get the whole family involved encouraging children to create the pins.  Children can decorate paper towel tubes, milk jugs, or pop bottles.
  3. Create an obstacle course in your house.  Children can help set it up and the children can practice running, jumping, climbing over, under, tiptoeing or walking heel to toe.
  4. Visit the local store’s craft department.  Many local stores have picture frames, puzzles, wooden blocks, trinkets that can be painted and given as gifts.
  5. Cook/Bake! Bake a batch of cookies and take it to the local police and fire department.  Make pizza for dinner that evening.
  6. Take up a hobby!
  7. Bring the winter weather in! Put snow in your tub.  Put younger children in snow pants and put them in.  Older children can build just bending in the tub.
  8. Become crafty with materials in your home! Use a highlighter to find letters or words in old newspapers.  Cut up old magazines, papers, and find materials around the house to make collages.
  9. In your area or neighboring areas visit the library, museum, or discovery centers!
  10. Make play dough.

No-Cook Play Clay

¼ cup salt

1 cup flour
¼ cup water
Food coloring

Mix the salt and flour in a bowl. Add water and food coloring. Knead dough to make a clay consistency. Note: This dough doesn’t last as long as the cooked recipe.

Oatmeal Play Dough

1 cup flour
1 cup water
2 cups oatmeal
Mix everything together in a large bowl. Then knead for a few minutes. This play dough has a nice lumpy texture.

Homemade Silly Putty

2 cups white school glue
1 cup liquid starch
Mix together and set aside until dry. Store in an airtight container.

Long Lasting Play dough

Gathering Materials from kitchen: pitcher, spoon, measuring cups, tablespoon, teaspoon

2 cups flour

2 cups water

1 cup salt

4 teaspoons cream of tartar

4 tablespoon oil

Kool aid

Mix and cook

What are your favorite things to do during the Winter Season?

Tag Cloud