Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Language
- Current photograph of each child
- Baby photograph of each child
- Clear contact paper
Send a note home requesting a baby photograph of each child. Photocopy the baby photograph if families request to have it returned. Photograph each child in the class. Cover both pictures with clear contact paper to make them more durable.
During group time, invite children to share their baby photographs. Ask them to describe their picture or ask them questions to encourage language. Explain that they will play some games using their baby pictures.
Divide children into two or three small groups, depending on the number of teachers present. Begin by placing all of their current photos face up on the table. Place their baby photos in a pile face down. Ask one child at a time to choose a baby picture and match it with the current photo on the table.
Once children have become familiar with the pairs of photos, introduce them to a game of "concentration." Mix up all of the photos and place them face down on the table. Invite one child at a time to turn over two photos to find matching sets. If the photographs do not match, turn them over and invite the next child to try. Remove the photographs once a match is found.
Repeat the game for a few days, changing groups, so that children have an opportunity to engage with different children each day.
Remember: The activity will work best when introduced to children in a small-group setting. Some children may need "clues" in order to match the baby picture with their classmate.
Family Collage: Send home a sheet of oak tag paper and a note asking each family to create a collage or drawing of things they like to do as a family. It can be one special activity or a few favorite activities. Request that they write a short description of the activities on the reverse side of the paper. Plan time for the children to share their finished products.
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: LITERACY
Class Book: Make photocopies of the photographs you took for the activity to use to make a class book. Glue each child's picture on the upper left corner of lined story paper. Assist them in dictating information about themselves like their age, birthday, favorite color, and favorite food. Bind the pages together. Take a photograph of the whole class to use on the cover of the book. Invite each child to share his or her page during story time.
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