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Preschool Interactive Daily Activity Calendar ~
I've listed all the activities we are hoping to do during
our Friendship Celebration Week. There are purposely more activities
for each day than we probably have time for. Mix and match them to your
child's/children's interests, offering a balanced mix
throughout each day. For instance, choose some active
and some quiet activities each day and be sure to read every
day! Tailor each activity to your child's specific
interests and abilities.
Main Idea: Cherishing
others, respecting differences, creating friendship bonds
Books (book links available in
left sidebar under menu):
Winnie the Pooh,
Charlie the Caterpillar,
Do You Want to be My Friend?,
the Big, Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
Optional: Will I Have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen, Maisy books by Lucy Cousins,
The Giving Tree, Barney's Beach Party DVD
Show & Tell Thursdays:
Bring in a picture of a friend or a stuffed friend to
show your school friends.
Morning Meeting/Circle Time (daily
skill work including: weather, calendar, counting, ABCs, patterning,
colors, shapes, songs, music, finger plays, rhymes, creative
Movement) (outside links):
The More We Get Together,
All God's Critters,
Love You (Barney Song),
It's a Small World,
Oh Playmate, Come Out and Play With Me,
Return to Pooh Corner,
The World is a Rainbow
Creative Activities/Art/Music/Drama/Aesthetic Learning
(including Fine / Large Motor Activities):
Make a Bear,
Language Arts/Literacy Activities/Social Studies:
Friendly Counting Sentences
Friendship Memory Matching Game,
Friends Attribute Graph,
Internet Links - supplementary
Pooh Friendship Day: Fun & Games,
The Lion and the Mouse Online Story,
Maisy's Fun Club,
Clifford the Big Red Dog via PBS Kids,
Clifford the Big Red Dog via Scholastic,
friendship, same, different, compromise, respect,
Spanish color words (white/blanco, pink/rosa, red/rojo,
orange/naranja, yellow/amarillo, green/verde, blue/azul,
purple/morado, brown/marron, black/negro),
Motivation/Introduction ~ First Day of Theme:
Share a Friendship
Compile a book with every child's picture and name, along
with something special about that child. Laminate, as
this is sure to be a favorite to stay in the class library!
Read together, pointing out how friends have similarities
and differences. Consider letting children take
this book home after this week to check out for a couple of
days at a time.
1.15 Understands and respects differences
5.7 Engages in two-way conversation with children and adults
Lessons (one main lesson a day
which can be broken into parts as needed throughout the day):
1. Winnie the Pooh - Friends Attribute Graph, Friendship Bracelets
3.10 Classifies objects by physical features such as
shape or color
3.15 Demonstrates an understanding of number (how many) and
numeral (3 is a numeral) relationship (numeration)
3.12 Recognizes patterns and can repeat them
4.7 Uses small muscles for self-help skills
Friends Attribute Graph: Decide on one or
more attributes to graph (hair, eye or skin color, girl/boy,
tall/short, long hair/short hair, etc.). Using only
one attribute per graph (for instance, eye color), provide
unifix cubes, snap cubes or legos in the appropriate colors
for the children to choose from. Call on one child at
a time, have the children tell you the color of the friend's
hair. That child then chooses the corresponding cube
color and stacks it on the bar graph. Each color has
its own bar. When finished, count each one. Talk
about which one has more/less, put them in order from fewest
to most, etc. Label each with a number noting how many
are on the stack. Be sure to mention that no matter which
color each friend chose, he/she is special and a good
friend. (A graph
can stir a lot of discussion. Lead it wherever you
Provide the children with appropriate lengths of stretchy,
clear cording (available in craft sections for making
jewelry), and a variety of beads. Tie a bead on one
end of the cording to keep the beads from falling off as the
children string them. Encourage the children to lay
out a pattern before stringing the beads, but most of all it
should be beautiful to them! Allow the children to
make two of each bracelet - one for a friend and one to
Charlie the Caterpillar - Left, Right; Friendship Cards
4.9 Freely participates in gross motor activities
3.3 Demonstrates knowledge of how to use a book
4.8 Uses writing and drawing tools with control and
Left, Right: Sing
A Book has Two Covers, which introduces the concepts of
print as well as the concepts of left and right.
Have the children form a circle by holding hands and having
them tell you whose hand they are holding with their right
and left hand. Now, play Hokey Pokey while
helping the children distinguish between their left and
right sides. Throughout the week, reinforce this
concept by saying things like, "Pick up your juice with your
left hand", "Kick the ball with your right foot", etc.
Friendship Cards: After reading Charlie the
Caterpillar, get the children talking about their good
friends and what they like about their friend. Help
them write a sentence about the friend, "I like you because
_______." Provide the children with folded
construction or cardstock paper, and some combination of:
markers, colored pencils or crayons, stickers, small
"treasures" to glue, glue.
Do You Want to be My Friend? - Color Books, Friendship
Memory Matching Card Game
3.25 Applies information or experience to a new context
(scientific process: applying)
3.5 Understands that print conveys a message
3.11 Classifies objects conceptually (things that go
Color Books: Make mini-color books for your students
using construction paper. Fold the construction paper
into fourths, cut along lines to make four pages of one
color. Label the page with the English and Spanish
versions of the color words:
Staple them together
in the order of the rainbow (ROY G BIV: red,
orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo/violet) and allow
the children to paste items from magazines to correspond
to the colors.
Friendship Memory Matching Card Game: Make student flashcards with a picture
of the student and his name printed underneath along with a
matching card with just the child's name to play Friendship
Memory Matching Card Game - just like Memory.
Corduroy - Make a Bear,
Friendly Counting Sentences
Show & Tell Thursday:
Bring in a picture of a friend or a stuffed friend to show
your school friends.
5.2 Uses effective oral communication skills:
speaking in complete sentences, speaking with appropriate
4.6 Coordinates eye and hand movements to complete tasks
3.6 Demonstrates an interest in using writing for a purpose
3.16 Demonstrates an understanding of addition and
subtraction, using manipulatives
Make a Bear
Use this pattern to cut out two shapes from felt.
Children can use plastic needles to sew the two sides
together, leaving one side open to stuff. For older
preschoolers, give each child two large buttons with 2-4
holes and allow them to sew Corduroy's buttons on as well.
Alternatively, use the template to print out one bear for
each child on cardstock. Color, decorate the bears.
Provide scrap fabric for the children to glue clothes on
their "Corduroy". Hand out two cardstock buttons, each
with two holes, for them to line up and sew on.
Using 5 sentence strips, label them, "I
see one friend." "I see two
"I see three friend." "I see four
"I see five friend." Put the sentences in order.
Have children help you count out friends using the
Friendship Memory Matching Cards to place beside each
each sentence as well as a corresponding numeral card (1-5).
For snack, pour some Teddy Grahams (or
other bear cookie) into each child's bowl and have them
estimate how many are inside. Provide a bowl with 5 as
a reference. Figure out how many more they need to
5. Closure ~ Last Day of Theme:
Clifford the Big, Red Dog
Friendship Party - Ice Cream Social!
1.19 Works cooperatively with others on completing a
1.4 Shows curiosity and desire to learn
3.30 Functions as a member of the classroom community
2.5 Enjoys singing games, dramatizing songs and moving to
Ice Cream Bags:
- 1 tablespoon Sugar
- 1/2 cup Milk or half & half
- 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
- 6 tablespoons Rock salt
- 1 pint-size Ziploc plastic bag
- 1 gallon-size Ziploc plastic bag
- Ice cubes
- Fill the large bag half full of ice,
and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.
- Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into
the small bag, and seal it.
- Place the small bag inside the large
one and seal again carefully. Consider
putting entire bag into one more bag to
ensure no spills.
- Shake until mixture is ice cream,
about 5 minutes. Continue below.
Pair up the children. Give each
child a different ingredient. Each friend has an ingredient for
making ice cream. We have to work together to combine
all ingredients and work towards our common goal - eating
our ice cream!
After we've made the ice cream, we'll
play the Name Ball Game while we wait for the ice cream to
freeze. How to play: Players sit in a circle.
One child from each pair has an ice cream bag. Before he/she
gently tosses it to a
friend, he/she names the friend and tells something he/she
likes about him/her. Each child gets a bag tossed
to him/her once before anyone gets it a second time.
Children can continue tossing bags back and forth between
partners until ice cream is ready.
Sing Icy Creamy Ice Cream while
tossing, serving or eating!
Show Time Friday:
Barney's Beach Party
Children are awarded I'm a Good
Preschool Activities, Lessons, and Themes!
Checking for Student Understanding:
Referring to our
Main Idea and Benchmarks,
we hope to see a stronger bond and appreciation between the
children with them sharing in each other's achievements and
expressing empathy when appropriate.
Let's grow together!
If you have additional ideas, comments or suggestions, let
me know! (Gina@MommyNature.com)
There are many benchmarks that
will be taught nearly every day, like "Demonstrates willingness to
try new things" or "Shows enjoyment of books and stories and
discussion of them". Throughout the range of activities
offered here, there will be a focus on one or two, although there
are usually many covered in one simple activity. Repetition is
the key with learning - especially in early childhood.
However, even though you may do the same basic activity, it can be
adapted to your child's level, interests, and theme.