NOBODY'S PERFECT (Episode
Charley can't seem to learn how to juggle, but he learns that a person
doesn't have to be the very best at something to enjoy doing it!
Big Idea: Believe in Yourself
Trying new things and learning to enjoy challenges is a healthy
step toward developing:
- science and discovery skills
- cognitive development
New from Something Old
Create a basket or box of used materials that the child can recycle
for crafts projects. Suggestions: toilet paper rolls, ice cream sticks,
pieces of used wrapping paper, old greeting cards, and old magazines.
Also include plenty of construction paper, glue, scissors, a hole punch,
tape, crayons, and a stapler. Encourage the child to create a machine,
invention, or work of art.
Understanding that everyone and everything has unique features is an
important part of recognizing and appreciating our own individuality.
Create a collection of household materials or natural objects that you
know the child is interested in, such as pine cones, rocks, scraps of
paper, or pieces of fruit. Supply a magnifying glass and paper, pencils,
and crayons. Encourage the child to use the magnifying glass to determine
the special features of each object and then record them in words or
Different: Archaeological Dig
With a Group:
Fill an empty water table or tray with sand and bury small items in
it. Then invite the children to join you on an archaeological dig. They
can use archaeologists' "tools," such as spoons, brushes, and sifters
to find the hidden objects.
If the group is large, divide the class into two groups to facilitate
the dig. Bury half of the items and send the first group to the site.
When they have unearthed those objects, bury the rest of the objects
and send the second group over.