Routines of the Progressive Preschool Class: Activity Time

Activity Time usually follows the first Circle Time. It is the climax of the temporal environment.

Activity Time is planned. When planning the class curriculum, the activities are planned as well. There should be varied types of activities. Activities should be mapped out to strengthen all the domains (and these are listed in no particular order of importance) :

  • Physical – There should be activities to target Fine Motor Skills like painting, coloring, drawing, etc.

  • Cognitive – The activities should strengthen the information that the teacher introduced so the children will understand and remember the concepts. Worksheets may fall in this domain.

  • Language – The communication skills of the children can be improved in exposure trips like going to the Grocery where the children are encouraged to talk to the sales ladies to ask for what they need to buy. Activity Time is not limited inside the classroom!

  • Socio-emotional – Activity Time can be small group time wherein the children accomplish the activity with a partner or group mates. This encourages friendship and cooperation. One of my favorite paired activity is where 2 students roll a can of milk lined with paper and contains golf balls dipped in paint. After rolling it towards each other several times, a nice painting comes out when you remove the paper lining.

  • Creative – I love it when children are given a blank piece of paper to draw on. Their creativity is heightened and not restricted in coloring within the lines or a printed picture. I usually tell preschool teachers to avoid drawing stick figures to represent people because the children just copy this when their imagination can show much more!

Activity Time is flexible. I once planned a painting activity for my toddler class. I noticed that they were so engrossed in the manipulatives area, playing with wooden blocks. I extended their play in that area without fear that the blocks time was encroaching on my planned activity.

Also, there should always be a back-up activity. If the planned activity is “rejected” by the students, another activity can be done.

Activity Time is FUN! Not only is creativity of the students heightened, the creativity of the teachers increases as well. They have to think of not only appropriateness but also FUN-ness!

3 thoughts on “Routines of the Progressive Preschool Class: Activity Time

  1. September 13, 2010

    Hi! I am a parent of a Gr.I-SSC (Special Sc.class) student or what they call the “star section”here in Marikina City. I have been reading blogs or comment posted here and would really like to write one. But the problem is I think that there’s a need for me to brush up or update myself on these types of school setup for it has been years since I studied a few units of Early Ed. in a private school in Q.C., though I was a product of public/traditional type of school.Actually, I learned a lot from my professors who are mostly from U.P., but as I said UPDATE is a must for me. Soon, I will send my toddler to school and based on my observation she has a different “streak”in terms of learning or absorbing things around her, so I must know when and where to send her.
    Reading all the articles/blogs or comments alone gives me an idea of what progressive school setup should be and number one,which is true to many,the school’s philosophy should be congruent to their curriculum, the learning environment, administrator,teachers, and staff who shoul also are learned of the progressive setup. But in the Phils., we are not all lucky enough to get the “best school” like the progressive type because of financial constraint and training of teachers that should also go together with the curriculum of the school where they studied the course. Like for example, I am an M.A. student from a state-run/owned college in Marikina where most teachers-to-be study Education courses. If these graduates will look for a job they will have to retrain and restudy or update themselves on the rigors of working in a progressive type of school because, whether we admit it or not, they came from a traditional school. This is a harsh reality for most of us. Like myself, the school is nearer to my home and much cheaper in terms of tuition, so how could I or we avail of the same schooling or training particularly the progressive type?

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Mommy Merle. You can inquire from UP Diliman, College of Home Economics, Family Life and Child Development Department.

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