It is New Years’s Day 2011 and I am blogging. This is all new to me. I am 75 years old and I have never even seen a blog, but I do know how to type so I think maybe I can do this. You must think this very strange, but my daughter put me up to this. She knows that I have been teaching preschoolers, one way or another for almost 60 years. In fact I am still teaching a preschool class one day a week and I love it! I love preschoolers. I started teaching when I was 16 years old. The fact that I am still teaching them is truly amazing. I also love to use common things you have in the home as teaching tools so it saves lots of money and we all like that. I have about 101 activities floating around in my head so we will get started and see how many I can pass on to you. Remember two things. Always try to make learning fun and play is the work of little children. If you are around them all day you know it really is work because you are exhausted!
Now that Christmas is over what can you do with your Christmas cards? Don’t dare throw them away!
Sorting Christmas cards: On a large rug or table place a card for each category. Give the child a stack of cards to sort by categories. Here are possible categories: religious and traditional: star, wise men, shepherd, manger, angels, donkey, Christmas tree, wreath, candles, bells, church, snow, Santa, etc. This can be done with one or more children.
Adapt for those that can sound out or recognize letters by putting names on paper and place on the rug or table and let them place cards matching that sound in the proper place. Shepherd and Santa would go with S. You get the idea.
You can also use cards as a cutting activity and let them make a collage of all the things they love about Christmas. Everyone loves cut and paste. I know what you’re thinking. Cutting and scissors equals a mess. Tomorrow I will let you know what to do about that!
I did it. First blog done. Now it’s time to get the collard greens and black eyed peas on the stove for lunch!