Here you'll find 45-minute long outlines for the perfectly fun, simple and educational playgroups.
- Activity Title
Topic or Theme
Identifying letters in a child's name and listen to ABC (The Alphabet Song)
Brief description of activity or summary of tasks and/or materials used.
Activity Skills Focus
1 Social / Emotional Skills
Skills that develop children’s ability to understand the emotions of others and help children recognize and use appropriate social behaviors (for example, making friends). In the Department of Education report “Guiding Principles A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate of January 2014 it states “strategies such as social emotional learning programs that address non-cognitive skills, including problem- solving, responsibility and resiliency, can also help students develop the skills needed to fully engage and thrive in the learning environment.”
2 Language Skills
Skills that help children understand and communicate during early childhood. The alphabetic principle (knowing letter names and sound-letter matches) aids in language development and is enriched by verbal interactions with other children and adults (reading aloud and engaging in conversation).
3 Math / Science Skills
Skills that help children with problem-solving and reasoning. Exploring numbers, patterns and measurements by using math manipulatives (beads, counters, pennies) are all ways children develop their math skills. Asking questions about their surroundings, learning a science vocabulary (predict, observe), and having hands-on experiences with their environment can help develop their science skills.
4 Motor Skills
Motor skills are actions that involve the movement of muscles in the body. They are divided into three groups: gross motor skills, which are the larger movements of arms, legs, feet, or the entire body (crawling, running, and jumping); fine motor skills , which are smaller actions, such as grasping an object between the thumb and a finger (pencils or scissors) and sensorimotor skills which use the five senses to guide physical motions as in eye-hand coordination.
5 Problem Solving Skills
Skills that will help with the construction of thought processes, including memory, problem solving, and decision-making.