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Updating my Preschool Program: Pre-K Explorers

When I came into my current position I was put in charge of a preschool program entitled, Pre-K Explorers. It was a storytime with a few hands-on activities that followed the weekly storytime theme.

This Fall I slightly revamped my program to focus more on directed early literacy activities and if it fits the theme, occasional STEM activities.

Important Note: I encourage caregivers to stay in the room during the program and to participate with their child in the self-directed activities. It's important for caregivers to know that they can do these types of things with their child at home as well. 

Simple Outline of Program:

Welcome!

Each kid makes a name tag which I will laminate and keep at the library. Then they get to choose a sticker to either put on the name tag or their shirt, wherever they want. 

Opening Rhyme: I have 10 Fingers

I have ten fingers and they all belong to me
I can make them do things, would you like to see?

I can shut them up tight
I can open them wide
I can put them together
I can make them all hide

I can make them jump high
I can make them jump low
I can fold them up quietly
And hold them just so

Mystery Guest/Object: Each week I have a laminate cutout of an person, place or thing that represents our theme. I give some clues and have the kids guess what it might be. I also review each week in our programming block and the corresponding objects.

Book #1: When I am reading with this group I practice dialogic reading, asking them a lot of questions about different aspects of the story. I have been practicing modeling behavior from my Pastor when I have this group. When my Pastor does the children's sermon she lets each child who wants to, speak their thoughts and if they get off topic too much she gently directs the group back to the subject at hand.


Song #1: I'm a BIG fan of Jim Gill. His songs require motion and listening. I went to a workshop with him recently and learned that he has a child development background and that is why he considers most of his songs actual games.

Flannel/Fingerplay/Interactive Activity: I love flannel stories with this age, especially when they each get to participate by placing a flannel piece onto the board themselves.

Book #2 

Song #2

Book #3:

Closing Rhyme:

Can you clap your hands?
One, Two, Three
Clap your hands, just like me

Can you roll your hands?
Nod you head.
Wave goodbye to all our friends.

Early Literacy Stations:

These stations focus on early literacy skills, sometimes they relate to the theme of the week, sometimes not. Below are a few areas I try and cover during this part of the program.
Letters and Words 
EX: Matching beginning sounds with objects; b is for banana or ball.

Numbers, Shapes, Patterns
EX: Counting the correct order. Putting pictures in order. Copying a line, circle, square, etc. 

Exploring and Discovering
EX: Matches two pictures that are alike. Recognizing names of colors. Sorting groups of objects.

I also bring out toys to play with after everyone has had a chance to do the activities. This gives kids and caregivers a chance to interact and engage with each other. 





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