I have been perusing curriculums. I have compiled many ideas in my years as a school-age program coordinator. The time has come to spread my ideas with others. My goal is a society of children who may learn and grow together despite varied abilities, cognitive, developmental, or otherwise. Activities that enhance working as a group, provide children to recognize talents within their peers. This will provide a mutual respect of all that every child in the class can offer. There is nothing more wonderful than seeing the look of accomplishment on a childs face whan the “did it themself”. I hope you enjoy my ideas.:-0)
More on the way:-0)
1) Chalk paint: Place chalk in a ziplock bag. Pound the bag gently with a mallet until it is crushed into small pieces. If you are particularly daring, allow the children to stomp on the chalk filled bag. Either way should be resultant in crushed chalk particles. pour the chalk into a small bowl. Add water several spoonfuls at a time. Allow the children to add water and stir so they feel involved in the process. If a child lacks the motor skills to stir, I gently offer to hold their wrist and assist in the stirring process. The goal is for ALL children to be involved in the process so they feel included. Several minutes of stirring should result in a colorful chalky paste. Now comes the fun part. Offer children paint brushes, sponges, or any other painting prop you can think of. Add paper, smocks, lots of smiles, and you have chalk paints.
2) If you wish for the chalk painting fun to go on – create a rainbow of friendship. Place a child’s hand in the chalk paint. The child may place their hand on a large piece of newsprint paper. When all their hand imprints are placed in the shape of a rainbow, a circle of friendship has been created. This works best when the chalk hand prints are created in a wide array of colors to simulate a rainbow. I like to place info such as a positive characteristic, favorite food, activity, etc. that a child tells me about themselves in the middle of each hand print. Place the child’s name under their handprints as well. This gives the children a sense of ownership and pride when the rainbow is placed on the wall.
3) Science: Place a large bowl of water, grass (hay), and dirt on a table. Provide toy animals and children can attempt to place them in the correct habitat. This was popular in my classroom after a trip to the zoo.
4) Numbers hunt: This game reinforces math concepts in a fun way.Call out numbers and the children may attempt to find corresponding items. Example – chairs = four legs, forks = four tines. I like to adapt this game so everyone in the class may be involved at their level. If a child’s math knowledge is minimal, they are allowed to pick a buddy to assist them on the numbers hunt. Always make this the childs choice.
5) Ball Sweep : Played with a broom, cardboard box, and a ball. Children sweep balls into cardboard boxes from a distance away. Using a broom is a great substitute to hockey sticks as children with motor skill issues, etc. have an easier time being involved due to the wide base of the broom.
6) Exploration: Create the ultimate race track by taping paper towel tubes together at various angles. What angle creates the most speed, and how BIG will the track get? Race friends with your toy car for a competitive edge.
7) Wooden block town: Create a track and town from wooden blocks as a team. Encourage the children to identify with landmarks from their own individual towns.
Have fun!!!!!!!!!! :-0)