is so excited to share Teacher Buzz with the Patch community. Teacher Buzz is a blog written each month by one of our fabulous teachers. Our teachers use this opportunity to share with you their favorite things to do with preschoolers. It could be a much loved recipe, a craft idea or even a cool science experiment.
Our first issue of Teacher Buzz is brought to you by Linda Peters, who teaches both the Early 3's and 3-Day-3's classes.
Three Little Kittens Activities
One of my favorite things to do in the classroom is to extend literature through prop boxes and activities related to the story. A favorite with the three year old classes is the story of the Three Little Kittens.
As you may remember, the three little kittens lost their mittens, found their mittens, soiled their mittens, washed their mittens and then hung them up to dry. We have a collection of children's mittens just for this story. We read the story in class the first day. The next day we may bake an apple pie to have for snack the following day and we also act out the story at rug time. On the third day the children are very familiar with the story so we can extend it further. When they come into the classroom they each have to "find" a pair of mittens hidden in the room and put them at their place on the snack table. At snack time they can choose to put on their mittens and eat their pie! Even the teachers will put on mittens to eat their pie to show the children it really is OK to do it! After all, the kittens in the story get in trouble for "soiling" their mittens! But we tell them it's OK because they get to wash their mittens in the water table after snack and hang them up to dry!
There are so many curricular areas covered in these activities: language development (vocabulary words), science (baking pie), one to one correspondence (finding pair of mittens), fine motor development (using clothes pins to hang mittens on line), to name just a few. It is really fun and rewarding to see the children get excited about the activities!
Northbrook Community Nursery School has been a part of Northbrook for 60 years. We are a non-profit, non-denominational nursery school which is licensed by DCFS and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our core philosophy is that children learn best through play, and the Creative Curriculum utilized in our programs reflects this core belief. We offer programs for children ages 18 months through 6 years. For more information, please visit http://www.ncnskids.org