- Participate in social development activities
- Develop language, creative-thinking, and problem-solving skills
- Learn math and science concepts
- Sentence strip pocket chart
- Whiteboard or chart paper and markers
- Index cards
- Large mural paper, tempera paint, and smocks
- On four individual index cards, write the following: block area, sand area, dramatic-play area, and art area. Place the area cards into rows of a sentence strip pocket chart.
- Cut other index cards into smaller sections and write each child's name on one of the smaller pieces.
Step 1: On a whiteboard or on the top of a sheet of chart paper write the question, "What can we do with our friends?" Underneath the question divide the page into four columns for the block area, sand area, dramatic-play area, and art area. Read the question to the children during morning meeting time and invite them to think of different things that they could do with their friends in each area. For example, they can build a bridge in the block area, a sandcastle at the sand table, prepare for a party in the dramatic-play area, or make play dough cookies and cakes in the art area. Record their ideas in the appropriate column.
Step 2: Explain to the class that they will work with small groups of friends in each interest area. Each day they will work in a different area during work time. Show them the four areas on the pocket charts, then divide them into four groups, placing their names in the respective areas on the chart. Rotate the area names each day to indicate where each group will be working.
Step 3: To encourage group participation in the art areas, have them work together to create a group mural. Invite them to think of a theme for their mural.
Remember: Some young children may have difficulty staying with the groups or connecting with the activity. Provide extra support for those children who may need assistance.
Curriculum Connection: Math
While children are working in their groups, take photographs of each group, in at least one of the areas, to document their process from beginning to end. Afterward, have each group organize their photographs in sequential order. Next, provide them with art materials to create a poster, and assist them in writing or dictating information about each photograph. When finished, find an area in the classroom to display each poster.
- Friends at School by Rochelle Bunnett
- Kindergarten Kids by Ellen B. Senisi
- My First Day at Nursery School by Becky Edwards
From Biggest to Smallest
Send home a sheet of brown butcher paper along with a note requesting family members to trace their feet on the paper. Ask families to have their child organize the "family feet" from biggest to smallest.