Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
Rain Rhymes Thank you Kyra K. for this suggestion
Materials needed: A large piece of paper and a marker
Say the word rain with them several times. Ask them if they can think of any words that SOUND like the word "Rain". List all the ideas on the chart with the children's names.
Preschool additional note: List words even if they do not rhyme. For example, the child may not understand the activity. They may say thunder. Write that on the side of the chart paper and comment, something like:
"Well, that is something that happens sometimes when it rains! The word "thunder" does not sound like "rain". Let's say them: Thunder. Rain. So we'll put that word over here, because we DO hear thunder when it rains sometimes.
This results of this type of activity can help you in many ways:
1. Are you using words or descriptions of activities that are understood by the children?
2. Is the child understanding what is being asked?
3. Are there processing delays happening?
Look for a rain stick to bring to circle. Talk about the rain. Encourage children to discuss what the rain sounds like when it is sprinkling, misty, pouring!
Demonstrate the rain stick. Let each child have a turn using it.
Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Preschool Rain Theme!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Thank you Kaitlin for submitting these Rain Themed cooking ideas!
Rain Shaped sugar cookies the children can decorate with blue (rain) frosting.
Writing Activity Ideas for Your Preschool Rain Theme!
Once Upon A Time...
Most children (and adults...like ME!) are afraid of thunder. Let them take control by writing a story about a storm!
Have them draw a picture of a big storm. Discuss a recent storm if there was one or ask the child to tell them about a thunder storm.
Start it with, "Once upon a time, there was a storm." Now, let the child add the details about what is in the storm, just go with their flow. Write down all of their words as they describe their picture.
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