In the unit, My Imagination, we talked a lot about things that were pretend or make-believe. We used the term imagination, but most of the children had a hard time grasping that terminology. Once we changed it to pretend or make-believe, they picked up on it much quicker. During the unit, we read several different stories about things that wouldn’t really happen in today’s society. After each story, we talked about how and what things were imaginary.
At the end of the unit, I asked the children to paint a picture of something that is imaginary or pretend. The children had a blast being able to be creative and use their imagination in what they were painting. Once they finished with art work, I asked each child individually what it was that they had painted. Here are some responses:
During our literacy small group, each child had the opportunity to make Alphabet Soup! Winter is the perfect time for a hot bowl of soup, so we stirred some up in a sensory tub. We partially filled the tub with water and letters in the alphabet. The consonant were blue and the vowels were red. We pretended the vowels were our vegetables, and the consonants were the noodles. I provided spoons, ladles, and a large strainer spoon. Each child served themselves a spoonful of soup. In each serving, the child named each letter in their bowl. For a challenge, I asked the sounds of each letter too! We loved our Alphabet Soup!!
During our Community unit, we spent a day to discuss the jobs of a mail carrier and the resources we could find at the Post Office. We looked through junk mail and sorted it according to the type of mail it was. For instance, we had magazines, flyers, and letters in envelopes. We looked at stamps and discussed why we have to have a stamp on everything we send through the mail. Our mail addresses were also discussed . The children were very interested in knowing what their addresses are so they could mail their parents a letter. After sorting through the mail and talking about the different things we need in order to mail a letter, we gave them time to make a picture or write a letter to their families. They were fascinated with the fact we were going to send it through the mail for them and it would arrive at their house in a few days! Once they were finished with their letter, they helped Ms. Mandy address their envelope. After everyone was finished, we passed out money to each child and had them line up so we could go to the Post Office to buy stamps. We walked down to the Post Office (Ms. Shelley & Ms. Heidi’s office) and bought stamps from our mail woman, aka Ms. Shelley. After purchasing their stamps, Ms. Cristen helped get their stamp in the right location. Once everyone’s letters had stamps, we walked outside to The Grove School’s mailbox. We talked about when we put mail to be sent out in our mailbox, we have to raise the flag so the mail carrier will know they need to take them to the Post Office. After everyone mailed their letters, we noticed the mailman was next door so we waited until he came to The Grove School. He was a very nice man and let us take a picture with him after we watched him take our letters away. It was a great experience for the children.