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EHS I am Special, I am Me

Updated: Sep 6, 2023

Changes to Environment

Homemade Class Book Acrylic Mirrors Pictures of the Children Books about being special and different Stamp Pad Multi-cultural Art Materials Birthday Invitations, Plates, and Party Hats Camera Cell phones Ruler Children Stamps Diapers Wash Cloth Empty Baby Shampoo and/or Body Wash Bottle Brush and comb Children cutouts Children puzzles Children puppets Multicultural dress up materials Feelings discovery bottles

Water Table: bubbles, plastic babies, wash cloth, empty plastic wash containers, soap, pots and pans, etc Sensory Table: multicultural shredded paper, acrylic mirror, brush, comb, ruler, large pom poms, Family picture cards, magnetic letters, small people, etc

Teaching Concepts for Indoor Experiences

1. Mirror Play *while child looks in mirror at self point to their nose and ask “do you see your nose, can you point to your nose”, etc. 2. Self Portrait 3. Wash baby dolls then put a diaper and clothing on doll. 4. Look at pictures of each other and talk about how we are all alike and different. 5. Look at pictures of feelings. Explain the different types of feelings and how it is ok to feel the way you feel. 6. Measure our bodies (feet, hands, arms, etc) 7. Play peek-a-boo with friends and teachers 8. Make an All About Me book

9. Family Collage

10. Thumbprint Art

Let children create a picture with thumbprints. Roll thumbs in washable poster paint. The caption: "Made by Thumbody Special!"

11. "I Can" Chart

Talk about what the children can do. Have each child say something that they know how to do. List what each child says on a chart. Example: I can ride a bike (Sally). I can set the table (Joey). I can do a somersault (Ashley)

12. Explore with Magnifying Glasses

Provide magnifying glasses and encourage the children to use the magnifiying glasses to look at their fingerprints, skin, hair, etc.

13. Fingerprints Explain that no two people have the same fingerprints. Help each child to use an ink pad to make fingerprints on a white sheet of construction paper. Line up everyone's finger prints on a table or hang on the wall. Have children use a magnifying class to observe the fingerprints and look for similarities and differences.

14. Eye Color Graphing Have a bar chart with each eye color (Brown, Blue, Green, Hazel) on top. Pass around a mirror and have each child say what eye color they have. They can then put their picture under the correct color. Talk about how each eye color is special, but discover what the most common eye color among them is.

15. How Tall Am I? Have each child stand up and measure a string from the top of their head to their feet. Cut the string and let child go around room to find things that are taller than them and shorter than them.

Teaching Concepts for Outdoor Experiences

1. I Can Game *I can run, can you? (teachers and children will run); I can jump, can you? (teachers and children will jump); etc. 2. Musical Fence (take out different items that you can run along the fence and explore the different sounds each item makes) 3. Baby Bounce (hold baby under arms and let them use their legs to help them bounce) older children can jump 4. The Shadow Game (Look at your shadow. Jump up and down, move your arms, touch your toes, etc. Jump on each others shadow. Talk about how the shadow got there. Sing to the tune  of "The Muffin Man" while watching your shadow. Oh, do you see my shadow, go? My shadow go, my shadow go? Oh, do you see my shadow go? It goes along with me. Oh, so you see my shadow bend, my shadow bend, my shadow bend? Oh, do you see my shadow bend? It belongs with me. Sing 2 more verses using these lines: Oh, do you see my shadow jump. Oh do you see my shadow run. ​5. Bubble chase

6. Body Match Game Play music and have the children work in pairs. Call out a body part that they need to match. If you say "Knees" the children need to make one or both of their knees touch the knees of their partner!

7. Tracong pairs Children can be in pairs. One child will lay on a large brown paper and have his partner trace around body. They take turns tracing each other one their own paper.

Teaching Concepts for Music Movement Wellness IMIL

1. Head Shoulders Knees and Toes 2. Hokey Pokey 3. If You’re Happy and You Know It 4. Open Shut Them 5. My Body 6. Do Your Ears Hang Low? 7. Hello Song Hola! is Hello in Spanish and it is pronounced “O-la” Ni hao is Hello in Chinese and it is pronounced “nee how” Hello is Hello in English and it is pronounced “Hel-lo” Konnichiwa is Hello in Japanese! and it is pronounced “ko-nee-chee-WAH”) (repeat) 8. John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt That’s my name too! Whenever we go out, The people always shout, There goes John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt! Da da da da da da da! (Repeat verse again and again, each time more quietly, but shout loudly on the “Da da da da da da da” line.) 9. I'm Glad I'm Me No one looks the way I do I have noticed that it's true. No one walks the way I walk No one talks the way I talk. No one plays the way I play No one says the things I say. I am special, I am ME There is no one I would  rather be than ME!

10. I am me song

I Am Special (Tune: Frere' Jacques) I am special, I am special (point to self) If you look, you will see Someone very special, someone very special, It is me, it is me!! (Point to self) Look who's special. Look who's special. Is it her, you, or me? No, it's all of us, you see! We're all so special as can be!

11. Special Special (Tune: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star) Special special special me How I wonder what I'll be In this big world I can be Anything I want to be Special special special me How I wonder what I'll be

Teaching Concepts for Fingerplays

1. I Am Special (tune of Frere Jacques) I am special (point to self) I am special (point to self) Don’t you see? (make binoculars with hands) Don’t you see? (make binoculars with hands) Someone very special (arms out to side, palms up) Someone very special (arms out to side, palms up) That is me! (point to self) That is me! (point to self) 2. I Have I have 10 little fingers and 10 little toes (wiggle fingers and toes) 2 little arms and 1 little nose 1 little mouth and 2 little ears 2 little eyes for smiles and tears 1 little head and 2 little feet 2 little legs That’s me complete! (point to body parts as you go over each one) 3. The Parts of The Body If a bird you want to hear, You have to listen with your_____. If you want to dig in the sand, Hold the shovel with your _____. To see an airplane as it flies, You must open up your ______. To smell a violet or a rose, You sniff the fragrance through your _____. When you walk across the street, You use two things you call your ______. East and west and north and south, To eat or talk you use your ______. 4. Ten Little Fingers I have ten little fingers, And they all belong to me. I can make them do things Would you like to see? I can shut them up tight, Or open them wide. I can put them together, Or make them all hide. I can make them jump high, I can make them jump low, I can fold them up quietly, And hold them just so. 5. Touch I’ll touch my hair, my lips, my eyes I’ll sit up straight and then I’ll rise I’ll touch my ears, my nose, my chin Then I’ll quietly sit down again.6. 6.  Where is Baby? (tune: Frere Jacques) Where is baby? Where is baby? There he/she is! There he/she is! I’m so glad to see you. I’m so glad to see you. Peek a boo! Peek a boo!


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