Discussions Regarding the Preschool Observation Checklist and Evaluation Tool (POCET)

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Activity Idea: My Family and Me

Kindergarten QuickSource® reminds us that social studies help "children become confident, caring and competent individuals" by developing their understanding of personal relationships. Understanding his or her contribution to relationships with family and friends is an important concept for a child to learn.

Here's an activity called My Family and Me that will help kindergarten children identify important aspects of home and community. For this activity, you will need a family picture of each child's family, if possible. If not, our Multicultural Family Puzzles will work well as a substitute.

Materials Needed:
A family photo of each child's family
Multicultural Family Puzzles (MLTFAMPZ)
Pretend Play People (PPEXSET)

Let's Get Started:
1. Allow the child to show the picture of her family to the other members of the group.

2. Ask the child to identify each person in the picture.

3. Have the child explain what each person in the family does to help the other members of the family.

Note: The teacher should always be sensitive to the make-up of each family, including foster families. The teacher should always help the child celebrate each member of the family and never be judgmental of the child’s home environment.

Talk about how people can express emotions by using our Moods & Emotions Classroom Set.

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