Volume 5, Issue 14
August 28, 2007
A WORD ABOUT THIS ISSUE'S THEME
Help children understand that no matter where they live, a home's warm feelings of love and security make it a special
place to live. Then invite children to say this rhyme and perform each motion.
People say a house is made of bricks or wood or mud.
(Hold up arms into a roof's point)
But it is not a home until it is filled with love.
(Draw heart in air with both hands)
I am still very small, but one thing I can see
(Point to eyes and look around)
A home filled with my family's love is the best place for me!
(Point to themselves and smile)
Editor, Early Childhood Education Newsletter
WHERE DOES IT BELONG?
--- Gather objects from different rooms or places in the house -- kitchen, bathroom, garage, and so on. Place them
out on a table. Let children examine the objects and categorize them by the part of a home in which each object belongs.
--- Arrange students into small groups. Assign each group a room in a house. Let children go through old magazines
and cut out pictures of items that would be found in that room. Children can paste their cut-outs onto a piece of
colored paper. Arrange all of the children's papers to form an entire house of rooms.
--- Bring in old household items such as toothbrushes, hairbrushes, sponges, whisks, and so on. Invite children to
dip each item in tempera paint and create pictures.
Create a chart with columns. At the top of each column paste a cut-out picture of a home (one of brick, one of wood,
an apartment house, a mobile home, and so on). Let each child describe where he/she lives and place a tally mark in
the correct column. (Add columns for any kind of home you may have overlooked.) Add tally marks and create more or
fewer questions about the chart for children to answer. For example: Do more children live in brick homes or apartment
Read to children A House Is a House for Me, by Mary Ann Hoberman (Puffin Books). Ask children what surprises
they found after listening to the story. (For example, students might share that the author described a glove as a
house for a hand.) Invite small groups of children to look around the classroom to find all sorts of homes. (For example,
students might share that a box is a home for crayons.) Have each group work together to illustrate the "home" they
found. Display pictures on a bulletin board titled "A House Is a House for …"
CHEESE AND CRACKERS
Give each child a saltine or other square cracker on a paper plate. Provide triangles of sliced cheese to create a
roof. Let children add pieces of carrot, cucumber, broccoli, or other small food bits to make windows, doors, chimneys,
and trees or bushes for their houses. Finally have everyone enjoy their house snacks.
WHAT'S AN ADOBE?
Provide simple picture books that show various kinds of homes such as houseboats, adobe homes, igloos, straw huts,
and so on. Talk about why those houses are built of the various materials; you might share how available supply of
materials or climate can affect the kinds of houses in an area. Then read to children, This House Is Made of Mud, by Ken Buchanan (Rising Moon Books). Follow up your reading by giving each child a sheet of paper with an outline
of a house similar to the one in the story. Supply each child with brown paint, sand, and broken sticks of uncooked
spaghetti. Help children mix some sand and spaghetti pieces into their paint and invite them to paint their adobe
houses. Finally ask children how they might show the family's (from the book) love in their house pictures. Encourage
them to draw a heart on the door of their house or to use any ideas they might suggest.
ON THE WEB
Check out the following Web sites for additional background and activities.
Let your children join in for a fun tribute to the places they live.
Create a Home themed unit with the Three Little Pigs. Try these snacks and activities.
My Home/Family Life
Scroll down for some really nice activity ideas relating to children and their homes.
House Coloring Pages
Print them out -- a great variety of houses, including a lighthouse, a hut, and a windmill.
Art, dramatic play, science and more -- activities for preschool children here.