One of our first themes is "All About Me," or "Wonderful Me," whichever way you would like to go.
We started that theme this week with the three-year-old class. Our first order of events was to paint a mural. This is one of those cooperative projects you may have read about before.
Then after the mural has time to dry (2 days and it still wasn't dry, they love their paint), or time to relatively dry. I gave each child a person shape. The shapes are from Discount School Supply. We talk about adding features to the person. What would be included to make a face? What else would they need? I try to show them some easy ways of making faces and adding clothes by using the blackboard, but it's always a bit different when they are doing it themselves.
After their person is decorated, we glue them to the painting. I then hang the whole mural in the room. They love to see their work.
The children also had fun at the cutting area. I filled the water table with paper scraps and scissors. Then I just let them cut away.
Another thing they really loved, if you haven't seen it in an earlier post is their special poster they create with their family. On orientation day I send a piece of large construction paper home with each family. They make an easy poster about themselves and bring it back to share with us. The children have done a GREAT job of sharing and they love seeing these posters hanging around the room.
Next week we continue the "Me" unit by beginning the children's Me Books.