Beginners: Oh what fun to pretend to be a grownup! All of our centers will be filled with activities relating to Valentine’s Day and occupations. In the Music Center, we will sing “Johnny Works with One Hammer” while pounding rhythm instruments, in the Language Center we will sort valentines by color and match pictures of community helpers, in Dramatic Play Center we will wear worker hats and use pretend tools and practice wrapping and rocking the baby and folding the laundry. In the Gross Motor Center, we will jump over the rungs of a ladder lying on the floor and we will be bricklayers constructing a wall we can hide behind in the Block Area.
- February 1 – 5 – We will celebrate Groundhog Day by practice being in and out of the ground hog’s hole. To commemorate the fact that our little ones will be the future working hands of America, they will create a large collage of their handprints in red, white, and blue. Weather permitting, they will take the wagon for a walk and pick up trash on the playground and in the neighborhood
- February 8 – 12 – Valentine’s Day provides the inspiration for this week’s activities. Children will make valentine holders to exchange valentines and make a collage heart by cutting and pasting snips of red and pink paper. They will work on the math concept of one or many by picking just one heart from the basket. Children will play cupid as they attempt to hit a heart target with a ball
- February 15 – 19 – Children will develop fine motor skills as they match lids to jars and screw on the tops. Using real items and pictures, children will identify community helpers and their tools and pick ones that are alike and different. Children will have a wonderfully messy time making a beautiful design by hitting blobs or thick paint with a hammer and splashing blobs of thick paint all over the paper.
- February 22 – 26 – A major task for young children is learning to share! They will work together to ice cookies, one to share with a friend at school, and one to take home to share with a parent or sibling. Community helper tools will be put to new uses as we paint with toothbrush, keys, pliers, and potato mashers.