During group time,
bring out a toolbox full of tools - either real or from a toy set.
Talk about how each tool is used and point out how to handle each
Lead a short
discussion with the children to establish their ideas about
how a house is constructed. Encourage them to express their
about what comes first in the construction. Allow the children to
share different opinions.
newspaper ads for home-improvement stores,
scissors, bulletin board paper, glue sticks, markers
Using ads from the paper you can write a class story about
building a dream house.
Have each child cut out a picture of an item or a material she'd like to
add to the house.
Roll out a length of bulletin board paper and invite each child to glue
down his/her picture and
write or dictate about it. Before long, you'll have all the parts to make
a very interesting home!
safety rules that should be followed when using tools such as hammers,
Why can these be dangerous? Why do you suppose construction men wear
Build a firm foundation
of literacy skills with this interactive wallpaper. In advance,
your literacy center walls with home improvement ads. Also, fill the
pockets of a carpenter's
apron with magnetic letters. When a child visits this center have
him/her remove a letter from
one of the pockets. Next ask the child to search the wallpaper to find
words (or pictures of things)
beginning with that letter. Have the child use a highlighter to circle the
words or pictures.
For younger children, have them just identify and highlight the
corresponding letters found in the ads.