Wednesday, June 3, 2020


Thanks for taking this journey with me down memory lane.  Let's see what treasures you can find today?

Kindness Sprinkles (Christin Cannan)
You “sprinkle” kindness (hands up and wiggle fingers) on the Star of the Week, Birthday Child, or for other occasions.


Put some rice in a Pringle's can and cover it with fancy paper. Write "kindness sprinkles" on the label.  Have the children repeat this chant from "The Help" each day and then shake "kindness sprinkles" on them.
          I AM KIND.  (Touch heart.)
          I AM SMART.  (Touch brain.)
          I AM IMPORTANT.  (Hug self.)

How Do You Feel?  (Bonnie Lewis)
Teacher:        How do you feel?
Children:       We feel good.  Huh!  (Children bend over slightly and flex their muscles.)

Don't forget to do lots of cheers!  You know, for some of the children you might be the most "positive" thing that happens to them every day!

Shape Crackers (Pamela Pounds)
Send a note to parents the first week of school asking them to send crackers to help the children learn their shapes. (Ritz - circles, Club crackers - rectangles, Doritos - triangles, Wheat Thins - squares, and Town House crackers - ovals.)
*Give children two crackers and ask them to describe how they are different.
*Have children eat one half of a cracker.
*Give children a square cracker and challenge them to nibble it into a circle.
*Give children two like crackers. Ask, “Are they the same amount?” Next, have them break one of the crackers into little pieces. Ask, “Are they the same amount now?” You’ll be surprised at their response. (This is called conservation of quantity and is an experiment Piaget used to demonstrate developmental stages.
*Give children a sheet of paper. Pass out a square cracker to each child and tell the children to draw what it looks like on their paper. Next, give them a circle shaped cracker and ask them to draw it. Continue with other shapes. It’s a fun way to practice pre-writing skills.

Ask parents to provide their child with a small bag of crackers for snack.  Children can take turns sharing what their cracker looks like.  Discuss the attributes of the different crackers.  Play a "show me" game where children hold up their cracker when you name the shape.  Can they draw what their cracker looks like?  Can they eat half of one cracker?

Occupation in a Bag (Megan Pope)
When studying community helpers, send home a paper bag with each student. Ask them to put in items that explain what their parents do. This is great for parents who are too busy to come in and speak about their jobs.


Wouldn't this be a great show and tell?