After hopping around, my little boy settled on his favorite color button, the red one, and sat down on it. Mrs. See pulled out the book for the day, a copy of the classic, Corduroy. As she read and turned the pages, she asked questions, "What do you think will happen next? Do you like to wear overalls like Corduroy? Do you have any buttons on your clothes?" The way she included the children into the story kept their attention rapt until the very happy end.
Closing the book, she said in an excited whisper that they were going to play a sorting game. One by one she pulled out different sized stuffed bears from behind a box: from no taller than a crayon, to big floppy fat bears. The kids were amazed to see how many bears she could fit back there! They cooed over the tiny bears, and tackled the large bears. Working together, we eventually lined them up against the wall, sorted from smallest to largest.
Knowing the short attention span of preschoolers, Ms. See then swept the group over to a table off to the side, to enjoy a snack and work on a craft. This time we threaded colored buttons onto a string, to make a necklace the children could wear home. We counted buttons, and talked about colors. Even the snack was part of the fun, as she gave out little cookies in the shape of letters. We made the sounds of the letters together, and thought up words that start with those letters.
We ended our time with supervised play out in the fresh air and sunshine in the school playground. As I watched my boy climb around outside, I thought of how this activity time would work well for kids anywhere in the 2-4 year age range: there seemed to be both simple and more complex things to do.
If you have a preschool age child, and are wondering about where to go for kindergarten, try out Story Time. It may give you a good feel for the way we do things here at Pleasant Hill Christian School, and how we may be a possible fit for your family in the sweet elementary years!