Right now, parents and preschool teachers are both counting down the days until Thanksgiving, but for totally different reasons. You're planning family weekend activities and worrying whether you bought a big enough turkey; teachers are looking forward to four days without children sneezing in their faces or moaning, "She touched my haaaaiiirr!" But since the holiday provides lots of teachable moments, there are things preschool teachers want parents to know about Thanksgiving preparations at school.
The preschool year is all about taking a closer look at the people, places, things, and concepts that a 4-year-old encounters in their everyday life, be it water, light, winter, clothing, community helpers, or cultural celebrations. Teachers plan lessons and activities around these themes to deepen students' understanding, while at the same time strengthening kindergarten-readiness skills. A pre-K class might spend a morning cutting out pictures of Thanksgiving foods to improve their scissors grip, or play a turkey-feather counting game in which they have to pick a card with a number, read the numeral, and count out that number of paper feathers to put on a turkey template.
If you're the parent of a preschooler who always says, "Nothing" when you ask, "What did you do at school today?", you may be relieved to know that lots of things do go on. And in late November, here's what you're likely to see in a pre-K classroom as it prepares for Thanksgiving.