Good morning! It’s Monday again and we have three more invitations for Middlers.
Dramatic Play Invitation: Laundry day water play
This invitation offers opportunities to explore water and sensory schema and build fine motor skills. You will need a couple of containers for water (one for soapy water and one for rinsing) and something to use as a clothesline or drying rack. You can also add clothespins or clothes pegs to the laundry line. You can set out doll clothes or small clothing items, or a stack of wash cloths, or invite your child to find some things to wash. Invite them to put the items into the soapy water and swish them around, then rinse, wring them out, and hang them up to dry. This invitation is an opportunity for children to explore this process that happens in machines with their own two hands.
Language/Literacy Invitation: Laundry Day by Jessixa Bagley
Durham County Library has several children’s books about doing laundry, you can view a read aloud of Laundry Day by Jessixa Bagley using this link. Or try Monday is Wash Day by MaryAnn Sundby or Mrs. McNosh Hangs up her Wash by Sarah Weeks. Any of these stories will connect with your child’s experience of watching or helping with the laundry.
Art Invitation: Crayons and paper
At Lakewood, the middlers have access to art supplies for a significant portion of the day and there is often a group working with crayons or other mark-making tools and paper. Sometimes their ideas are too big for regular paper, so the teachers get out larger paper and cover a table or a section of the floor. If your child’s work needs more space, you can use the back of a large piece of wrapping paper, a large cardboard box, packing paper, or several sheets of paper taped together.