Each material had a special use:
Playdoh – Role Models use playdoh to help children explore shapes, colors, matching, building, and fine motor skill development. Playdoh has many uses, including manipulating the squishy substance into various shapes and imaginative creations. Children love to makes letters out of individual pieces, or even a snowman.
Pasta – Colored pasta can be used to match, string, sort, count, and make special arrangements. Role Models use colored pasta as an excellent way to expose their Learners to numeracy.
Button Snakes – Imagine a piece of thick ribbon with a button sowed to each end and pieces of various shaped felt with a small slit in the middle. Role Models use these simple materials to challenge the Learner to slip the felt pieces over the buttons and onto the ribbon. This activity is great for fine motor skill practice, counting forward and backwards, and just having fun putting on and taking off fuzzy felt pieces.
Days of Service events enable 10BH to provide its Role Models with plenty of options for making their lessons fun and engaging. For example, in December 2014, Kenny and Co. teamed up to make 100 felt storyboards with an accompanying story theme. Themes included such classic stories as 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, Red Hen, Pete the Cat, and Dog’s Colorful Day. Role Models are now easily able to share fascinating stories with their Learners and continue with those characters to create new stories as child and adult engage each other’s imaginations.
Lesson activities made during days of service are stored in 10BH’s Lesson Planning Room, where volunteers drop in to borrow activities to bring to their lessons. Borrowing lesson materials keeps the costs low for serving large numbers of children by sharing activities such as puzzles, felt boards, button snakes, and more. Children’s interests change as they build fundamental literacy and numeracy skills, so stocking a large variety of activities that Role Models can borrow makes keeping up with children’s skill development practical, fresh, and fun.
Our Activity Coordinator, Vicky Shoemaker, coordinates days of service and manages our Lesson Planning Room. She is able to match current activity needs with days of service in order to ensure Day of Service volunteers help Role Models succeed in their lessons.
“The days of service give the participants the opportunity to make something fun, learn about our program, and know that they have contributed to making a difference in their own community for Early Childhood Education,” said Vicky. “It’s a win-win-win.”
10BH is always looking for donations of items or money to help build the inventory of lessons and supplies in the Lesson Planning Room. Currently we are looking for:
- Musical rhythm instruments
- Dramatic play items that support pretend play such as, driving a car, working at the post office, buying things at a store, camping, being a dragon, or being a superhero
In the end, these activities are really benefitting Learners and their parents. With simple materials, we can bring excitement and fun to learning where it may not have existed before - in the home.
If you or someone you know is interested in hosting a corporate Day of Service to help support the Lesson Planning Room, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.