Preschool Family Theme!




Book List

The Family Book - Todd Parr
Climb the Family Tree, Jesse Bear - Nancy White Carlstrom
The Worm Family - Tony Johnston
Molly's Famly - Nancy Garden
All Families Are Special - Norma Simon




Songs & Fingerplays

Families

Some families are large. (spread arms out wide)
Some families are small (bring arms close together)
But I love my family (cross arms over chest) best of all!

With My Family - sung to "The Muffin Man"

Tell me what you like to do
Like to do, like to do.
Tell me what you like to do
With your family.
Edward likes to rake the leaves
Rake the leaves, rake the leaves.
Edward likes to rake the leaves
With his family.

Let the children talk about what they like to do.




Arts & Crafts

Family Collage

Have the children go through magazines and find pictures of all the things their mothers do. Cut them out and glue them onto construction paper. The same can be done for dad. Another variation is to have the children cut out pictures to represent the people in their family and the things they like to do as a family.




Theme Ideas

Rock Families

Take a walk and have the children collect four or five different sized rocks to make a family. Bring them back and paint them. Then let the children play with their families. Encourage them to make up stories about their rock families. For example have them name their rocks and tell what each one likes to do. Help them expand their stories by asking questions.

Take pictures of children with parents permission and do a photo album for daycare. Put special notes by pictures and leave this out so both kids and families can enjoy.Also have parents to bring pictures of child and them and grandparents.

~Submitted by Charlene in Ohio

At the begining of each year, we have each family in our center make a photo sheet of their family members, with names under each. And put them together like the photo pages that are popular now. We clear contact paper them and hang them at the eye level of the children on the walls in their room. If during the day they miss mom or dad they can go "see" them on the wall.

~Submitted by Robin from Arkansas




Links!

Family Theme - A to Z Teachers Stuff
Family Poems - CanTeach.com
Preschool Families Theme - Everything Preschool
Me, My Family, and Friends - Gayle's Preschool Rainbow
Family Theme - Preschool Education




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