Children will see themselves as a member of a classroom community.
Children will expand their socialization skills by interacting with children they do not usually play with.
Children will understand that though everyone is different, they all have things they like to do in common.
CDA Competency Standard:
Candidate promotes children’s sense of belonging in the classroom community.
a) Encourages children’s social interactions
Digital Camera, printer, paper, glue stick. You can make black and white or color prints.
Photo book or Scrapbook with blank pages, or bind the book yourself using a stapler or string
Clear contact paper or laminate
Take a picture of each child in your class (and the teachers) participating in daily activities.
Print off a picture of each child doing a different activity and affix to a blank page. Below the picture write who is in the picture and what they are doing.
Laminate or use contact paper on each page so that the picture and text will be safe from little fingers.
Bind the book using staples or by using a hole punch and string.
Read the book to the children at group time and then place it in the library for children to enjoy.
NOTE: Each new student should be added to the book and introduced within the first week of attendance.
Read the book to the children and have them name or gesture toward the children they see. Identifying their friends gives them a sense of community because they begin to understand that these are all the people in THEIR class. Note down which of the children do not know their friends. Set up opportunities for those children to engage in an activity with the children they did not name or seem to know.
While reading the book ask the children what activity is being shown and if they have done that activity too. When you connect what the children in the book are doing, to what the other children have done it supports diversity and inclusiveness. Meaning, we are all different, but we like to do the same things.
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