Greeting Rituals: Establish a morning ritual with your class to show affection. Ask the children how they would like to be greeted. Examples might include a high-five, hug, foot tap, smile, or hip wiggle. Display visuals or pictures for each greeting. Children can then point to which greeting they would like as they arrive each day. These greetings can also be used as a way to say good-bye to their family or friends at drop off and pick up each day. SED4.4c
How We Get Help: Create a short story to teach children how to ask for help in the classroom. Keep the text simple and add pictures to match. Say, “When we play outside, we like to do lots of fun things. We can go down the slide on our bottoms. We can throw balls to our friends. Sometimes we get hurt on the playground. If you fall and can’t get up, ask a friend to get help for you. Friends can tell a teacher, ‘Chloe is hurt, please help.’ The teacher always makes us feel better when we are hurt.” SED4.2d
Rhythmic Painting Project: After reading Read One Love by Cedella Marley, play the song on the device of your choice and ask children to paint or draw what the music makes them think and feel. Ask them to explain their work and write their explanation for them before you put them on display. SED2.3b
Professional Development Activities
Program Luncheon: Host a luncheon or small celebration to honor program staff, families, and service providers (therapists) committed to inclusive education in your program.
Preschool Inclusion Self Checklist Complete the program self-assessment and track changes over time to identify strengths and weaknesses and plan next steps.
Family Engagement Activity
Family Quilt: Send home one piece of construction paper with each family. Encourage families to make a quilt square all about their family and return it to the program or classroom once they finish. Encourage families to use materials from around their home that illustrate their family (ex: pictures, food labels, stickers, game pieces, etc.). The more creative the better. As each family returns their quilt square, assemble them into a quilt by punching two holes on corresponding sides and tying together using yarn or string. Display your family quilt in your classroom or program for everyone to see. SED1.4a