Skill: name recognition From Mailbox
To prepare for this activity, write each student's name on a separate die-cut shape; then attach a photo of the child to the back of the shape. Place the shapes in a container. To begin, pick a shape and hold it in the air. Say, "What name is on this shape I see?" After giving youngsters an opportunity to guess the name, turn the shape over to reveal the child's photo. Then lead youngsters in chanting, "It is [Samantha] looking at me!" Continue in the same way with each remaining shape.
Type: craftUse this craft idea to capture some fine-motor practice! To prepare, cut out a supply of white construction paper squares and black construction paper circles to resemble bus windows and wheels. Then mix a few drops of orange fingerpaint into yellow fingerpaint to achieve a school bus-yellow hue. Invite each youngster to fingerpaint a sheet of fingerpaint paper with the mixture. When the paint dries, use a marker to round the top corners of each paper so that the page resembles the body of a bus. Have each child cut away the corners and then glue on window and wheel cutouts. When the glue is dry, encourage each child to draw faces in the windows to represent himself and his friends. Be sure to follow up this activity with another round of "The Wheels on the Bus."