Monday, May 4, 2015

Co-op Preschool Hosting Week 2 of 8

We participate in a co-op preschool.  That means each parent theoretically takes a turn hosting.  We were last minute December hosts.

Week 2 was our first week of 'real' class hosting.

My pre-preschooler with our Circle Time Board.  (I'll post more about our Board soon).

Circle Time Board
Class room set up:
Preschool Tables
For our first week, I decided I wanted to do a preschooler friendly service project.  They are not all that easy to come by!!  I contacted the Ronald McDonald house about their pop top houses.  

Sadly, I was too busy to get pictures of the kids doing the activity, but it was a hit!  Most of the kids dumped the pop tops and did it several times!   We hope to keep this going at our house, although we don't really drink soda anymore.  The primarily goal of this activity was fine motor skills, we also talked about helping our friends who had to be in the hospital when they were sick .  Our first son spent time in the NICU and I will always be greatful to the people of Ronald McDonald House for making those first few days a little easier.    

Since we had the little houses, I went with house/home as a theme.  Our sancks were little houses! :)

After snack, we did our first activity.  We cut out family members and houses out of felt.  Each child picked out the members of their household and stuck them on the house.  It was really interesting to see how the kids view their families.  For example, most of the kids with a baby sibling put the baby with mommy.  (The exception being my son, who put the baby with daddy!)  We had so much fun with the felt that it inspired my DIY Felt Board!

Most of our kids are 2 and just starting imaginary play and this was a great activity to talk about our family and who lives in our house.  I thought about including pets, but I'd had enough felt cutting after 16 grown ups, 9 kids and 5 babies!!

We finished up our activities with homemade playdough:

We closed with Three Bill Goats Fluff (about a troll who doesn't feel very happy about his home) and our circle time songs.

It took a lot more energy than I had anticipated, but the kids did great and we had so much fun!

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