Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Christmas Materials

We pretend to be little elves wrapping presents.

The raindeer hats light up.

Our Train Set.

We put little treasures from the classroom into the boxes. Then wrap them with wrapping paper and nylon ribbon. They love watching their friends open the present they made for them.

At story time we read the book and the kids play with the soft nativity set.

Little People christmas theme.

Little People with the three wise men and shepard.

Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus with the manger and animals

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Our Families & Our Homes

Garden of Blessings Child Care will be focusing on the study of "Our families and Our Homes." This unit covers the relationships of families; Who makes up a family, how families are similar and different, the roles of family members, and their various activities and routines. Children will learn the kinds of places families call home, and that there are families in the animal world as well as in the human world. The unit gives children many fun experiences with recognizing letter and numbers, hearing phonetic words, and doing simple graphs and charts.

We welcome any materials that you as family members feel would be helpful in the learning process. We particularly are looking for a family portrait of your child's family to display in the classroom. If you do not have one; we have a camera and can take a picture for you.

Preschool Skills Emphasized in the Unit:


  • New vocabulary: names of family members, such as mother, father, sister, brother, love, home, etc.

  • Reading pictures and symboles; communicating with simple sign language

  • Becoming familiar with printed words

  • Rhyming words


  • Connecting print with the spoken language

  • Fine motor development through drawing

  • Writing in Journals

  • New words added to copy

  • Using stencils to form shapes, forms and upper and lowercase letters


  • Names of numbers

  • Counting

  • Ordinal numbers and the relationship to counted numbers

  • Creating and reading simple graphs and charts

  • Sorting things into related groups and arranging things in sequential order

Social Skills

  • Taking responsibility for the classroom and ourselves

  • Responsibilites of being a helpful family member


  • Similaries and differences in hair and eye color, height, age, etc.

  • Families in the U.S. and around the world (races , cultures, abilities, one parent. etc.)

  • Animal families

  • Different homes (house, apartment, mobile home, etc.)


The kids are learning sign language of "love, mother, father, baby, friend"

Puzzles of various cultural families

We have Lincoln Logs to build buildings.

Multi cultural paints, makers, crayons, along with stencils and stamps

The little people of many colors

Doll House furniture

Doll House

Hispanic Puppet Family

Stuffed Animals Familes

Floor Puzzles of Animal Familes

"Is your Mama a Lama?" Felt Story

Bookset of Families & Homes

  • The Napping House by Audrey Wood

  • Houses and Homes by Ann Morris

  • Full Full Full of Love by Tish Cooke

  • A Chair for my Mother by Vera Williams

  • Papa Do you love me? by Barbara M. Joosse

  • Simple Signs by Cindy Wheeler

  • On Mothers Lap by Ann herbert Scott

  • Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti by Anna Grossnickle Hines

  • Is your Moma a Lama? by Deborah Guarino

  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown