I stumbled upon this last night and just have to work it into today's lesson. If I can't fit it in, I will send it home. It is just too cute to pass up!
Happy, happy halloweeen!!!
Love this for developing phonemic awareness & tapping into letter recognition. By using tweezers, the kiddos get to stengthen fine motor skills which helps with so much including writing!!!! We use clothes line clips everyday to clip ourselves as 'HERE'! That also helps to strengthen those tiny hands for big learning!!!!
Last week was filled with lots of Fall Fun and ended with a great Fall Fest! It was a little chilly, but how cute were all the kiddies in their costumes and smiling faces!!! The animals were happy to get some love from the kiddies! I hope you and the kiddies enjoyed the stations!
We finished up our Fall Painting Tree Craft and are ready for Halloween! Up next, we will having our own little Fall Party on Monday with Pumpkin Painting, Games, Books, a Festive Halloween Snack and a Special Surprise!
Then, we will be moving on to T is for Thankful and Turkey as we get ready for the Thanksgiving Season. Stay tuned for more details!
We are getting our routines down, mastering our lining up skills, and have become fully comfortable with one another! We are just starting to find a bit more time for our crafting fun! We finished up our Pumpkin Lanterns this week, which look amazing in the hallways!!! Look up next time your drop off your kiddo! We also sponge painted the 1st Letter in our name. The kids LOVED this activity and they turned out beautifully. We have just 1 more P is for Pumpkin Craft that is prepped and ready to go. If we do not get it this week, I will send it home as it is super simple & so cute!
If you are looking for some fun fall crafts at home, check out these 35 Pumpkin Crafts for Kids link!!! My kiddos and I have been working our way through these and I have brought some of these into our classroom. They are all just so cute. We need more time!
Show 'n Tell (Fall Themed) was a lot of fun. The kids just love to share their treasures from home! Thanks so much for sending their items along! We got a lot of great Fall books, Jack-O-Lanterns, disguised stuffed animals and Leaves!!!!
We are going to move onto Farms for next week as Quiver Farm Animals will be at our Fall Fest on Friday. Can't wait as the kids always enjoy the various types of animals that visit us. We have a busy week ahead of us that is full of lots of Fall costumes, fun, laughter, treats & of course God's Love! Can't Wait!
We continue to talk about Fall and the season of Autumn this week! We have had tons of fun activities and crafts with lots more to go!!! The kids just love spending time outside in this amazing weather and the amount of fall creations that they can make from play dough is astonishing! Following are some fun activities from our week.
Friday was another end to a great week. We wrapped up our 'P' projects, sent home our Pumpkin seeds, donned our P headbands, read our Pumpkin books, Played with a special show 'n tell Parachute sent in by one of our kiddies! We had a couple of P worksheets that we were not able to get to so I put a few in the buckets before the kids were walking out the door. If you did not get one and would like one, please let me know. I am always happy to send home extra activities as I tend to over plan! We need more time!
We also had our 1st week of Library, which is so awesome for the kids. Among many things, Mrs. Condeelis is a Reading Specialist and she has so many great tricks for introducing reading concepts to our youngest of readers. As a teacher, I pick up so many strategies from our weekly library session that I can pull into our own classroom. The kids just love the books that she reads. This week she selected a fiction and nonfiction book about pumpkins. The kids loved them both! -And then they get to choose their own book to take home! What a treat this is!!! This is so exciting for them and I love to watch how each child's personality shines through in the type of books they choose. By the end of the year, I could place a bet on which one he/she will choose!
Up for next...More Fall Fun!!!!!
This week is all about P is for Pumpkins!
We already made our Pumpkin Muffins, which was a success!!!! I like to substitute a banana for the egg when baking in class with the students so we don't have to worry about any raw egg issues. We passed around the mussy banana in a plastic bag so the kids could feel and guess what it was! Everybody got turns adding the water, oil, banana and lots of lots of stirring. We of course added chocolate chips and topped them off with some sprinkles!!! They were a hit! I think they may have been a bigger hit than the Apple Turn Overs. Here's my secret... I used Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bread Mix and it is the BEST!!!! I stock up every season!
We also read 'The Little Old Lady Who Is Not Afraid of Everything' by Linda D. Williams. We were sure to add lots of hand motions and noises to the shoes, pants, shirt, gloves, top hat & more. This is always a fun read!
We also introduced the 'Happy Helper'! A student will get a turn each day to be the 'Happy Helper.' He/She will help me with the weather, calendar, lots of different tasks and will also be the Line Leader. The students are always very eager to see if they are the 'Helper' that day. I promise them that everybody will get several turns throughout the year!
We also had a fun Music Class with Ms. Linda where we all took turns dancing in the center of the circle among many other fun songs and playful learning experiences.
Next up for the week, we will be...
This week was a great week as I watched our class really come together as a team. They are all so kind, considerate and helpful to each other. They naturally know that they need to 'wait' for another friend if he/she takes a bit longer at a particular something and sometimes that friend may be Mrs. Racz or Mrs. Myers getting their final bit ready to begin the next lesson! They truly are an amazing bunch! It is really awesome to watch and I feel so blessed to have them in my day.
We took advantage of the great weather and had lots of outside time. At one point, each and every child was running around the playground to see if they were 'fast!' Obviously, they were ALL very fast!!!! With each activity and lesson that we do, I always try to pause and not rush to the next if we do not need to. I know for myself and my kids that we tend to always be running to the next thing. I really try to be in the moment with these kiddos and if they are bonding or loving a particular something, we may just spend an extra couple minutes in that moment. We may not get to finish everything that we had planned for the day, but I think it's worth it!
Upon popular request, the shaving cream came out 2 times this week!!! We had to take it to the next level by adding some color to the mix. Several of the students LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this. You could probably tell by the look of your child's shirt if he/she was one of those!
I had planned to spend just a few moments working on puzzles as I like to incorporate those into our day. They are so good for problem-solving skills, cognitive skills, hand-eye coordination and find motor development. Well, those few moments turned into a bit more as I saw how much these guys loved puzzles. Puzzles was an 'option' among 3 others during our center time. At one point, the overwhelming majority of the class was gathered around the puzzle table. They were working in pairs (that they put together on their own) or individually. They were also (on their own) helping their friends if they needed a clue. It was just so amazing that we had to take some extra time and pull out a few more puzzles and let the station overflow to the carpet. The farm one was one of their favorites. They also spent a lot of time on the numbers (ask them to take a 9 or a 6 and move it so they can be interchanged) and letters puzzles. The focus that these kiddos had with the puzzles was amazing! I will be sure to pull some more creative puzzles into the lesson planning going forward!
Let's not forget about Show 'n Tell!!! The kiddos were sooooooo excited to share their items. Show 'n Tell is awesome for so many reasons. First, the kids just love it! Second, it helps them connect a piece of their home life to their school life. These kids are so proud to share their item!!! Finally, it is a great forum for public speaking and confidence. This skill is something that comes more natural to others (like in adults), but is something that should be practiced and it will grow. So, we are doing exactly that. Each student gets to sit on the special Show 'n Tell chair in front of his/her peers and that alone is confidence building! I can not wait to see what next week brings.
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!