This week our theme was "My Feelings". Each day of the week we are working on learning to identify and listen to our feelings. This is good for children, because often they have a hard time recognizing that some of their actions and words can cause their friends to feel a certain way.
The way I do Mother Goose Time, is by setting up the activities in centers. I have the children work in pairs so that they can learn to have conversation, share and how to work together for a common goal. I have found that centers with children 2-5 are very useful. Very draining for the teacher, but the benefits they exhibit are so rewarding, that it makes the tiredness of having my name called every 20 seconds worth it. I mean I can just mainline coffee and it will be all good!
I noticed that each day we have examined a feeling that the children spent time with their friends during free time asking if they were ok. For example, today we worked on Sad. During free time the children decided I was a baby and they had to take care of me.
I do believe though that the favorite activity of the week had to be the shadow puppets. It was a bit touch and go putting them together. By that I mean it was not very preschool friendly because I had to put it together for them in order for them to have shadow puppets, and they were not excited to color their puppets because they were all black and I have noticed preschoolers are not huge fans of black paper. But once they were able to see the shadows it was a game changer!