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Work Together Wednesday 2017

I am happy to report that Work Together Wednesday (NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child™) was a success in my classroom. For me, as a teacher, watching children achieve the different levels of play, is one of the most rewarding. One of these boys spent his first year (I have all children for 2 years) at the solitary/independent level. Watching him, today, at the cooperative play stage, was so gratifying.

Evoking their problem solving skills, this little group worked together, trading ideas and pieces of Legos, to achieve their common goal of building “A cool castle with an X-wing fighter, and a super fast car that can fly.”

The castle is now sitting safely on a shelf, labeled with a “Save Me!” sign. Can’t wait to watch them play with it tomorrow.


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Yummy Rice Cake Pig Snack

Yummy Rice Cake Pig Snack

It’s Tasty Tuesday of NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child™, and to honor this fun day and to go along with our farm theme, we are going to be making rice cake pigs.

Snack time for preschoolers is much more than enjoying a tasty treat. It is a time for children to build independence and develop self-help skills. They pour their own milk or water (“pour with your strong hand and hold the cup with your helper hand”), pass items to their classmates, clear their place settings, clean up spills, and, in some instances, even prepare their own food!

For our pig snack, this morning, each child will served a plate containing all of the ingredients. They will use their fine motor skills to spread the cream cheese, with a plastic knife, and to assemble their pigs. So much fun! This snack would also be fitting for a fairy tales/nursery rhymes theme (Three Little Pigs).

INGREDIENTS USED:

– Rice cakes
– Strawberry cream cheese or cream cheese with food coloring
– Marshmallows
– Raisins



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Paper Plate Sheep Craft

Looking for another art idea for your farm unit? How about this adorable paper plate sheep craft? This is a straightforward activity that is sure to engage young learners. Encourage children to cut their own plates in half.


MATERIALS USED:

– Paper plate (cut in half)
– Cotton balls
– Googly eyes
– Our sheep head template
– Glue
– Scissors



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