Even though many of the children in my class usually know each other before the year begins, since we live in a small town, I still spend a good part of the first week on getting to know you activities and ice breaker games. The goal is to bond as a class and allow each child to express his individuality. We also learn the rules, routines, and jobs of the classroom through games, projects, and you guessed it, bulletin boards.
I told you last time I would share the rest of my blank book uses with you. The truth is, every time I look inside a Hygloss blank book I’m struck with another way to fill its pages. Besides the usual summer craft scrapbooking, sticker collections, and cute quips I catch the kids saying quite often, I’ve been using them for writing “can I have” lists and each child has his own Book About Me blank book that will accompany him from the summer, back to school and through the year.
Blank Books are one of my all time Hygloss favorites. Both in my classroom and at home, I personally prefer open ended crafts and activities where I can peek inside a child’s heart and mind and really get to know them (and allow them to get to know themselves). It’s an opportunity to ask questions, listen, reflect, and acknowledge a child’s individuality and personal greatness. Give me a blank book and a pen (or crayons and markers for the kids) and I’m in heaven.
Still on the game theme this week, we made our own version of an oldie but goodie that is high on our list of the most requested games to play on a hot summer day. Just as you could have predicted, I turned it into an educational summer craft that was both easy and fun to make. And then it became one of our favorite games.
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When I think of summer crafts I think of the outdoors, nature, scavenging for unusual collectibles and displaying them in a special way. In my classroom we have a nature table that changes with the seasons. The children love the long walks we take together to hunt out our treasures. They’re such a hit that we usually have to take several before everyone will concede that our corner seasonal display is overflowing. The only season we don’t really get to develop is summer. School is over before summer really begins.
As a preschool teacher and mother of 3, I’m always with children. And when I’m not, I’m usually thinking about them while planning the next day’s games and activities. I love to have fun with them in open, creative ways. But it’s important that it’s always with an educational angle and my goals clearly defined. Successful school projects are great treats to bring home to my eager bunch. Their feedback is valuable and the hours we spend together in constructive, creative play is enriching and satisfying for all of us.