Friday, March 30, 2012

Time for a Hug

What time is it?
Young children don't have to worry about time like we adults do.
Don't you think that would be glorious? We check our watch or iPhone constantly because our lives are run on such a tight schedule. Image being able to ignore the constraint of time for a day.
Definitely glorious.

Young children do enjoy the consistency and routine of a daily schedule. Their bodies adjust to meal and nap times. They count on things happening in the same order.
What happens when that schedule can't be followed? When meal time is later than usual, when nap has to be skipped?
Not so glorious.

Time for a Hug by Phillis Gershator and Mim Green tells of a child's day from morning till night. Tick-tocking through the hours, following the routines that they know, and always including time for a hug. Shouldn't we all put that on our schedule?
It moves in a gentle rhythm with rhyming text, two good reasons to share it aloud.

Wash our faces,
comb our hair,
choose the clothes
we like to wear.
Eat from a bowl,
drink from a mug--
What time is it?
Time for a hug! 

Math Extension Idea:
Daily Schedule Poster
On a large piece of poster board, list the hours of school (or a typical day at home if that applies) down the left hand side of the board.
To the right of each time segment, write what happens at that time and show a photo example.
8:00 - Arrive at school (picture of a child hanging up their school bag and jacket in their cubbie)
8:00-9:00 - Free Play (photos of children at various centers around the room)
When children become concerned about what's happening next, or how long until it's time to go home, you can direct them to the Daily Schedule and walk through the rest of the day.
You can also prepare this on a magnetized board and give each child a magnet of their own to move down/across the schedule as the day progresses.

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