Ms. Anna, Educational Assistant from Children's Corner The Tattle Phone
Children in Ms. Anna's class are able to use a "Tattle Phone" to call to tattle on a friend. This activity shows preparedness and pre-planning on the teacher's part. This phone can be used in many ways to encourage purposeful conversations in order to develop vocabulary and language. It is also a great tool for a creative way for behavior management.
Ms. Sherry from Little Lamb's 2 Imagination Block Play
Play time is one of the most important times during the day. Research has shown how valuable child directed play can be. The children in Ms. Sherry's classroom are giving ample time to create, develop and explore during center play. The children in the block center are using good character traits by using manners and making good decisions. This activity is not only fun but it is also using vocabulary, language, and social skills during playtime.
May Honorable Mentions
Ms. Mackenzie from Kare Bear Edible Art
Ms. Mackenzie used rice cereal, water and food coloring to turn art time into yummy time. Mackenzie had one on one time with each child while they designed an edible masterpiece.
April Honorable Mentions
Ms. Morgan from Children's Corner
"How Do You Feel"
Ms. Tammy from Small World "Group Art"
Ms. Catherine from Pumpkin Patch
Ms. Nikki from Children's Corner "Planting Seeds"
March Winner Ms. Mackenzie from Kare Bear Water Play with Babies
March Honorable Mentions
February Winner Ms. Copeland from First Friends Scissor Skills
Kelly Copeland is encouraging children to develop their scissor skills one child at a time. She has scissors and scrap paper available in the art center. Children derive great satisfaction from cutting paper into small pieces. When a child wants to cut paper, a tray is provided to catch the snips of paper. In the video, when the Child finished, he realized his cutting did not make it onto the tray provided, so he proceeded to pick-up each snippet of paper and move it to the tray – another great fine-motor skill.
Feburary Honorable Mentions
January Winner Ms. Heather from Little Lambs 2 Baking Cookies
Ms. Heather’s class not only enjoyed cookies, but they developed an entire lesson around the theme. First, a professional baker visited the class. This was followed by the children helping with the mixing of a batch of cookies. As you can see, they poured, measured, mixed, and gave the cookies to the baker to cook. Then the teacher prepared a sequencing strip to mount on the wall with pictures showing the different steps used in preparing the cookies. Last, but most importantly, it was time to enjoy the fruit of their labor; they ate the cookies.
January Honorable Mentions
Ms. Kim at Children's Corner plans and presents a chapel lesson for the whole center (2-5 year olds) every day. She was well prepared using special voices and acting out parts of the story to help children understand. A memory verse was practiced and at the end, she used questions to check for comprehension and understanding. They finished up the brief lesson by singing a song that related to the message of the story.
One of the most important things we can do as teachers is encourage literacy and reading skills while developing a bond with a child. Ms. Lanzer a substitute teacher at First Friends is taking the time to sit with two children on her lap while they look at a picture book. As the child points to pictures in the book, the teacher is giving the child words for the animals pointed out, helping the children expand their vocabulary.