"Where else would
my limited wardrobe be complimented, or my earrings thought beautiful?"(From
the poem "Yes, I Teach Preschool")
PLAN ACTIVITY OPTIONS (DECEMBER)
Creative Drama: "Twinkling Stars": While
playing the music to and singing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," lie on the floor
with the children stretching your arms and legs out, representing the five points
of a star with your bodies (by the way, five is also the number for the month
in the above curriculum). Blink your eyes, wiggle your fingers, and sway
back and forth to imitate twinkling. In a gymnasium or gross motor room,
you'll have more space for stretching. A Christmas tree with twinkling lights
or treetop star can encourage creativity. If the children aren't too young
for the discussion, talk about what a star is and why it twinkles: It's a ball
of hot gas burning far, far away. When the light from a star passes through air,
the movement of the air makes it look like it's twinkling.
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Stacey or Stanley Star: Give each child one large construction paper
star. Also provide collage materials for creating facial features, arms,
legs, hats, etc for a take-home "Stacey or Stanley Star."
Size Discrimination Activity: Song: Here's a
simple little song I wrote for use with the shape of a star. Give each child
3 sizes of stars (small, medium, and large). Tell the class, "We are going
to sing about our little stars. Can you hold your little star
up above your head and move it so it twinkles down at you?" Then sing the
words below to the tune of "Jingle Bells." Repeat the process substituting
the words "middle" and "large" in the song. (By the way, you could also
sing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," changing the word "little" to "middle" and
"large or big" accordingly.)
Star Little Star, Little Star,
Twinkle Little Star
Oh what fun it is to see You
twinkle down at me! Art Extension:
Children can draw happy faces on their stars then add glitter to them before using
them at Group Time.
New Fun With Old Rhymes: STARSby
Rhoda W. BacmeisterBright
stars, light stars,Shining-in-the-night
stars,Little twinkly, winkly stars,Deep
in the sky!Yellow stars, red stars,Shine-when-I'm-in-bed
stars,Oh how many blinky stars,Far,
far away!During Grouptime, have the children close their eyes
and think about a nighttime sky full of stars. After repeating the rhyme
with them several times and allowing them to discuss the night sky they see in
their minds, let them know that you have provided black paper, many sizes and
colors of stars (cutouts and stickers), and other collage materials in the Art
Center for them to create their own "night of stars" during Free Choice Play --
if they wish. Later, when reviewing the poem, ask children to help you with
the words that rhyme.
and the Star, by
Laura Jean Allen: Ottie
lived in the sea. One night, while looking at the reflection of the night
sky on the water, he asked his mother if he could have one of the stars.
She told him they were too far away. But Ottie saw them in the water so
he decides to try and catch one.
Star in My Orange: Looking for Nature's Shapes, by Dana Meachen Rau, Illustrator:
Rau finds "shapes" in nature. For example, she finds a "star"
shape in an orange and a starfish.
Pinata: You could do the old paper mache on a balloon and add 5 styrofoam
cones to make the points, either adding paper mache to them also or just gluing
them on after it dries. Either way, cover it with yellow tissue paper. I
haven't actually tried this, but I have added other things successfully to balloon
paper mache, so this should work!
a Multi-Cultural Connection:
provide a frame of reference, show children where countries are located on your
classroom globe or map, and if possible, provide related pictures and books:
share your multicultural ideas by e-mailing me at email@example.com
(located on the continent of Asia):
Stars: Here's a "star shape" activity that's also multi-cultural
in nature, and is especially appropriate if you are introducing children to the
Jewish celebration of Hanukkah: Cut out several stars that are the shape of the
"Star of David" (6-pointed star, a Jewish symbol) and several stars that are the
5-pointed version. (Use the same color construction paper for both types
of stars and make them all the same size.) Let children sort them by counting
To decrease the difficulty, Place a small dot on one of
the points where the children are to begin counting so that they know where to
stop and won't continue counting on around the star again.
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