|Posted on September 8, 2011 at 11:40 PM|
Children love theme days as do adults. When we have a theme day in an early childhood setting, it is important that the day still involves program planning which meets the needs of the whole child. Focusing on one topic can be both educational and fun. Following are some ideas on how to set up a preschool or daycare environment surrounding frogs.
Inform Families About the Frog Theme Day
Setting up the day in a newsletter or other form of communication is one of the first steps in creating the theme day. Title the day "Froggie Day!" and invite the children to bring in a frog from home (not real of course) on the allocated day. In addition, suggest that everyone wear green clothes for Froggie Day.
Decorate the Room With Frogs
When children enter the room that is decorated with frogs and green items, the days has already started out on a special note. Here are some suggestions on how to set up your room around frogs:
•fill up the water table with plastic frogs and lily pads
•fill up a sensory table with frogs, leaves and pieces of wood and sand
•find plastic frogs and/or shapes to put with the play dough
•a table with just green toys, such as blocks and lego
•make a pet store in your drama area
•fill your library area up with books all around frogs
•place frog photos and pictures up all around the room
•put green streamers up on the walls and entrance way
Start Talking About Frogs at Circle Time
Circle time is a great place to start talking about frogs. Ask the children what they know about frogs. Record the children's answer on a piece of paper to post later on for the parents to view. Then give some facts about frogs to children through discussion or by reading some books, particularly books that discuss the transformation from tadpole to frog. Following are some frog facts:
•frogs begin as eggs, then tadpoles and then frogs
•frogs are amphibians
•there are many different species of frogs
•frogs come in many different colors
•some frogs are poisonous
•frogs are different than toads – toads are bumpy
•frogs eat bug
There are many wonderful songs to sing about frogs. A favourite fingerplay song that can be sung with a felt story or hand puppet is "Five Green and Speckled Frogs" –
Five Green and Speckled Frogs, sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs, yum yum.
One jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool
Then there were four green speckled frogs (glub glub)
(Continue singing the song, until there are none.)
Raffi sings this song wonderfully. A teacher could put his music on for the children to enjoy while watching the visual aides.
2. To correlate to the Five Green and Speckled Frogs, draw a large pond shape onto a piece of paper for the children to color, then have a pre-cut log and frogs for them to glue onto the sheet. The children can create their own scene.
3. Frog Hopping Through Paint
This theme day around frogs could easily last longer than just one day. When a preschool or daycare plans around one theme, the children have fun and certainly learn about the topic!
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