What to do
1. Play this memory language game during large or small group time.
2. Have the children sit in a circle. Start the game by saying, "When I go on a picnic, I will bring...." Name an object. Limit the items, if desired, by explaining that the objects need to be from a certain category (such as food or the name of a friend in the class).
3. Continuing around the circle, each child repeats the sentence and items already said and add a new item.
4. Bring literacy into this activity by writing a list of the items at the end of the game.
5. This activity can be simplified by asking the children to find an item in the classroom to bring to a picnic and bring it to group time. This helps the children build their vocabulary with less focus on memory and recall.
-Ann Kelly, Johnstown, PA
1. Read the book Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.
2. In the Writing center, encourage the children to use the markers and dryerase
boards to draw a coconut tree.
3. Ask the children to write any letters on the tree just like in the book. Provide
an alphabet chart for them to use, if needed.