It is that time of year my friends where we will be going on a Bear Hunt in our classroom! We will be reading "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" by Michael Rose and Helen Oxenbury! I know I say that I love so many books (and I do), but this one.... If only I could count the number of times I would read and act this out to my own kids! The rythem, hand motions, illustrations, surprises and cadence all blend together to be one of my all time favorite reads. I can't wait to share this exciting and interactive read with the kiddies in class.
We will also be chatting about all different types of animals that hibernate during the cold, winter months
Of course, it is not a complete day in my classroom unless we get a little mess on. I though this texture fork painting bear would be perfect for our crew. I can't wait to see how this one will turn out!
We are also getting ready for our exciting 'Donuts with Dad' Day that is coming up on Wed, Feb 15th. As always, we have a few, creative tricks up our sleeves to surprise our favorite fellows!!! Looking forward to meeting all the great Dads. Mrs. Racz and I get to hear all about them in class!
Here is a peek at our day...
9:00-9:30: Free Play/Animal Hibernation/Donut with Dad Prep
9:35-9:50: Circle Time/Hello/Hibernation Chat/Letter H Intro
10:50:00-11:00 Independent Read
11:00-11:25: Bear Craft
11:50-12:00: Clean Up/Goodbye Circel
When it is M week, we have munckins!!!! I will be sure to pick up some fun treats for the kiddos on my way into school. Mrs. Racz & I won't have any......
We will be continuing to work on all things M and measuring! Since gym was moved to tomorrow, we have a super busy day with gym, library & show n' tell!!! Can't wait!
Here is a Look at our Day!
9:00 - 9:20: Free Play / Block Measure / Bigger vs. Smaller Play
9:20-9:30: Circle Time / Hello
9:30 - 10:00: Library
11:00 - 11:10: Individual Read
11:10 - 11:30: Playground or Indoor Recess
11:30 - 12:00: Circle Time & Show n' tell!
Several of our nuggets were out on Monday for this reason or that. So, we are going to have lots of Measuring fun to catch up on today! We are also going to pull in the letter M for Measuring.
Gym class has been scooted over to Friday so we have a little extra time in our room. To me, that means..... BAKING!!!! I love having the kids bake. They love it, Mrs. Racz & I love it, we ALL love it!!!! We will be making some Magical Muffins for our M Day ( a hidden treat will be in each muffin to make them magical)!
On tap for Wednesday:
9:00 -9:30: Free Play / Puzzles / Play Dough Measuring
9:30 - 10:00: Circle Time
10:00 - 10:30: Baking Prep / M Worksheets / Big to Little Pages / Measuring Fun
10:30 - 10:45: Bathroom
10:45 - 11:00: Snack
11:00 - 11:10: Independent Read
11:15-11:35: Playground (the sun should be shinning so we will be out there)!
11:40 - 12:00 Chapel
I am currently taking an amazing course for pulling Science into the classroom. It has given me some great tips and strategies! My goal is to incorporate some more science, technology, engineering and math into our curriculum. There is so much wonder and amazement that can be generated within these subjects and I know our kiddos will love some of the interesting and hands on topics.
First up, we will begin warming up our brains by talking about sizes... big, medium and large. We will be comparing different objects to determine which one is bigger, longer, heavier and more. We will explore how we are able to tell? These concepts will address number recognition elements, counting concepts, spacial awareness, measuring practice, patterns and much more!
Next, the kiddos will be measuring their own hands with blocks. This is a very tangible way for the kiddos to learn the concept of measurement. It will also strengthening their counting and number skills! They will LOVE the opportunity to measure their very own hand and maybe we will have to get a foot in there, as well! I can not wait to see how this plays out in the classroom. I think we are going to have a lot of fun with this one!
Once we get some of the fundamental concepts down, we are going to take advantage of the winter season and make our own Snow Measuring Stick!!! First up, we will be talking about measuring.
To get the kiddos engaged, each student will be making their very own Snow Measuring Stick. The kiddos will love being able to take home their very on Snow Measuring Stick so they are all ready for that next snow storm. What a great way to get our kiddos excited about science and math?
Here is a peek at our day today!
9 - 9:30 Free Play & measuring with play dough
9:35-9:50 Circle Time
10:15 -10:30 Bathroom
10:50 - 11:00 Individual Book Time
11:00 - 11:10 Brief Circle Time to review measuring concepts
11:10 -11:30 Walk around the school for measuring
11:30-12:00 Station Play with measuring activities
Looking forward to seeing all my little ones again!!!! Hope everybody had a great weekend and is ready to play, learn & grow!
On Friday, we read one of my ALL time favorite books in Library called 'How Full Is Your Bucket for Kids? by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer. We read this book at the beginning of the year and have been working on filling our Class Bucket with great choices. We will often use the term 'filling our bucket' with great choices or perhaps 'emptying our bucket' with a not so great choice. We even take it a bit farther by talking about how we can fill up God's Bucket, as well. I love how this provides such a tangible depiction of the consequences from both good and bad choices among our friends.
Since our class has done such an amazing job making great choices and filling up those buckets over the past several weeks, we decided to celebrate with a little class party! We had a super fun time 'filling our bucket' snacks! Each kiddo had their own bucket (ice cream cone) that they were able to fill will all different items(cheerios, mini m&ms, crackers, sprinkles, pretzel sticks, candy corns and much more (I did try to keep the sugar to a minimum)! Not only did the kiddos love to fill up their buckets and then enjoy their treat, they also had some great fun sorting our treats by color, size, shape, numbers and more!!!!
We are so blessed with the most precious class and all of the kiddos play, help and interact with each other in such a truly amazing way!!! There is noting but God's love and grace in our room each and every day!
I really enjoy the book, 'Good News Bad News' by Jeff Mack. The illustrations are so vivid that our youngest readers will be able to follow along just by talking a picture walk. This is great for individual book time. I am going to bring this in today because.. I have Good News and Bad News on this chilly, Monday Morning. Our flight to Miami kept getting pushed and the weather was looking a touch in the 60s so I decided to skip the trip. Bad News... no sun for me! Good News... I get to greet my favorite little nuggets this morning!!!
I did promise them a surprise (seashell from the beach), which I will not be able to make good on. So I will try to explain the goods and bads of my trip cancellation. I'm also thinking that little cooking backing in class on Wednesday might help ease the pain, as well!
Although our kiddos had a short 1st week back, it is always hard getting into the swing of things again and they did great! Our kiddos were so excited to be back in our classroom, playing with their friends, sharing their great stories from home (my fav), and just getting into our comfy routine again. I was so excited to have them back, as well!!!
We have lots of great bits and peices woven into our day. The kids will have a chance working at the Pincher Pom Pom Station. I love this activity as it is so good for their fine motor skils that help us as we sit down to the table with our crayons, glue and scissors.
We also have a Snowman Number Toss Activity that is a super, cute, active way to reinforce those numbers. Once the ball lands on the number, we will jump/clap/stomp/tap that many times!! A great movement break that works on those numbers! It also helps the kiddos to learn waiting and taking their turn (priceless skill in of itself)!
If we have some extra time, I want to start this cute, little fun snowman craft because our kids LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the glue. I try to bring as much mess into our classroom as I can because I know as a mom, it is sometimes easier to let those crafts unfold outside of the home!!! We will be talking about Snowmen for the next several days, and this is a fun way to kick it off. We will chat about the temperatures needed for a successful Snowman. I alos love how this pulls a bit of creative thinking into play. Can't wait to see how these turn out!!!
Here's what we have on tap for this Friday!
9:00 - 9:20: Free Play (Stations will include Pincher Pom Pom Snowman Fill, Snowman Number Toss, Coloring & Free Choice
9:20 - 9:30: Circle Time (Hello, Weather & Calendar)
9:30 - 9:50: Library (Mrs. Concdelious transforms a classroom into a magical, journey each week)
10:00- 10:20 Circle time (Begin Show n' Tell)
10:20 - 10:40 Station Play & Finish up Resolution Man Craft
10:40 - 11:00 Bathroom
11:00-11:20 Snack Time
11:20 - 11:40 Playground
11:40 - 12:00 Show n' Tell
Baby It's Cold Ouside and it is going to be that way for awhile!!! There is so much fun learning with Snowman so we are going to continue on with this theme for a bit! We have music today and I am sure that Ms. Lind will be able to pull in some fun, cold, wintery music!!!
We are going to have some fun Snowman Center Time activies. The kiddos will be able to create their own snowmen out of playdough. I love having them work with playdough as it is such a great sensory activity and often times a somewhat messy activity that does not come out often at home. Our class LOVES spending time with the playdough and they do very well when working with guided activities. Let's see how high we can make those snowmen!!!!
We are also going to work on spelling our names. Each child will have their own snowman with name and cooresponding letters. We will work with each kiddo one-on-one during Center Time throughout the next several weeks. We will be sure to send these home so they can get some extra practice in!!!
To go along with our Snowman Theme, we will be creating this adorable Textile Snowman Craft. The multi-step directions are great for our little ones. The placement of items and glue work helps with those spacial and fine motor skills. I also love using the different shapes and textures that we are sure to discuss while we are crafting! I can't wait to see what creations our little ones will make!
Here is a look at our day.
9:00 - 9:40: Free Play & Center Time (Playdough Snowman Build, Circle Name Practice, Color, Free Choice, Finsih New Years & Snowman Melt Projects)
9:40-9:55: Circle Time (Hello/Calendar/Weather)
9:55 - 10:15: Music
10:15 - 10:30: Bathroom
10:30 - 10:50: Snack
10:50 - 11:00: Independent Read/Look at Books
11:00 - 11:15: Circle Time (Read Aloud)
11:15 - 11:30: Playground or Inside Recess
11:30 - 11:50: Snowman Textile Craft
11:50-12:00: Wrap Up & Goodbyes
If there are a few moments where we need to get some movement into our day, we will be singing along and using hand motions to the very popular 'Frosty the Snowman'! Check out our cute song HERE that we will be jamming to!!!! I love seeing some great dance moves in my classroom!!!!
Wednesdays are always such a busy day for us as we have Gym and Chapel! It keeps the kiddos moving and learning all about God's Love!!!
We will start out the day with Center time where the kiddos will get to work on spelling their names and some fine motor skill with Fruit Loop Snowman Towers. We may even throw in some pattern work with our Snowman build!
We will be reading the super, cute book 'The Magical Snowman' by Catherine Walters and Alison Edgson today. I adore this book. The pictures are magical and it is a darling story of a little rabbit that made a snowman that he doesn't want to leave! In the end, the snowman was able to help keep the rabbit safe. Super Cute. I know the kids will love this one!
To go along with our fun read and Snowman theme, we have just enough time to make our snowman chains. The kiddos have already prepped the snowman hats so they are ready to begin building their snowmen chains!!!. It is fun for the kiddos to follow the multi-step direcitons and see how long or short they want to make their very own snowman.
On Tap for Today...
9:00 - 9:30 Free Play (Snowman Fruitloop Cereal Build/Puzzles/Snowman Name Practice/Free Choice)
9:30 - 9:55 Circle Time (Hello/Weather/Calendar/Read Aloud "The Magical Snowman')
9:55 - 10:20 Craft (Snowman Chains)
10:30 - 10:50 Gym
10:50 - 11:00 Bathroom
11:00 - 11:15 Snack
11:15 - 11:20 Individual Read/Look at Book Time
11:20 - 11:40 Playground or Inside Recess
11:40 - 12:00 Chapel
It is the start of 2017 and I am excited to share in the joy of a New Year with my little nuggets!!!! We are going to start off our 1st Wednesday back with a busy day, as usual!!! On our first day back, we are going to chat about New Years and of course have a little celebration of our own! We will read the adorable book 'The Night Before New Year's by Natasha Wing. We will talk about what New Year's Resolutions are and how God might want us to create some great goals for this year! In addition, we will work on our shape and color recognition with our 'New Year's Resolution Man' Craft. Finally, we will do a little number work with a focus up to 10 and even work on that counting backwards skill!
On Tap for Wednesday...
9:00-9:30 Free Play: Building Block Towers of 10 for our New Years Count Down/Creating Cereal Loop Towers of 10/Linning up 10 Cars/Doll House Play/Just take some time to reconnect
9:30-10:00 Circle Time: Hello/Weather/ Day of the Week/Pass the Ball for our 10 Count Down and Read Aloud
10:00-10:20 Craft: Shape New Years Resolution Man
11:00 - 11:20 Snack
I'm excited to get back into the classroom with my friends!!!!!
As a mom, I love to know what my children are discovering during their days and I am sure you do too! Stop by here anytime to see what fun & learning we are up to!