Friday, August 15, 2008

Children Activities

Well, I just now found this calendar that was sent home from preschool. It's a calendar of activities. I thought it was interesting and we're going to be doing some of these even now.

~Create a reading area for your child
*Store your child's books in a special place such as a basket or drawer or on a low shelf.
*Place a small rug or pillow in the area to create a cozy and comfortable place for reading.
*Join your child and enjoy ;)
*Talk with your child about how to care for books, including returning them.

~Gather and organize materials for drawing, writing and cutting
*Helping your child select storage containers for drawing and writing materials. An empty boot box is a good size. Help your child decorate or label the container, For example "Michael's drawing and writing box"
* Add: crayons, washable markers, pencils, chalk, colored pencils, blunt-tip scissors, paper punch.
*Add paper to the box. Look for note pads, loose leaf paper, stationary, envelopes, paper bags, typing paper and index cards.
*Decide on some simple rules for using the drawing and writing materials.

~Encourage your child to explore with drawing materials
*Suggest that your child draw pictures
-in kitchen while you prepare dinner
-in the park while you enjoy the bright fall days
-after reading a favoritestory of singing favorite song
-in doctors office while waiting for your appointment.

~Support your child as he or she practices using scissors
*Designate appropriate places for your child to use scissors and discuss safety rules.
Be sure that your child knows how to hold the scissors, how to open and close the blades, and how to hold the paper.
*Encourage your child to snip playdough snakes and soda straws into little pieces.
*Provide strips of construction paper and cards from junk mail for your child to snip.
*As your child's skill improves, offer old magazines for cutting.

~Let your child see the written words are part of daily life
*Make a grocery shopping list together or write a note to a relative or friend.
*Clearly label your child's belongs with his or her name.
*Spell your child's name with magnetic letters on the refrigerator.
*Encourage your child to use the materials in teh drawing and writng box if he or she is interesting in writing.

***Make the world's longest picture***
Use a roll of freezer paper or shelf paper (or tape together many sheets of paper)
Suggest that your child begin drawing at one end, adding new drawings each day.
Measure the picture with a ruler of yardstick.
Encourage your child to continue to add to the "world's largest picture" for several days or weeks, as long as he or she is interested.

~Suggested Books to read with your child~
A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats, Puffin (1988)
The Art Box by Gail Gibbons, Holiday House (1998)
Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, Siman and Schuster Children's Publishing (2000)
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson, Harpercollins Juvenile Books (1981)
My Hands by Aliki, HaperCollins (1962, 1990)
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Puffin (1981)


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