Friday, September 26, 2014

Popcorn Kernels

This year we decided to introduce our students to the wonderful world of  Sight Words. Since they will be jumping right in to this once they start kindergarten we thought it would be fun to go ahead and introduce them to this skill so they won't get too overwhelmed. I know that we are still working on identifying letters and their sounds, but it doesn't hurt that they will at least see these words before they are expected to know them. The kindergarten class uses popcorn words so we decided it would be cute to start with popcorn kernels. We will be working on 2-3 sight words every 2 weeks and I am happy to report that our popcorn kernel words have already been a great success and my friends are loving telling me the password each morning!

Friday, September 19, 2014

5 Senses

This week we learned all about our 5 Senses and the letter X. 

What better way to learn about our senses than to play some games that used each one. We used our sense of sight and played Eye Spy. We used our sense of hearing and played a game where we had to guess what was making each sound inside our mystery box. We used or sense of taste when we tasted sweet, salty, and sour foods. We used our sense of smell when we smelled 4 different cups and decided what was in each one. 

To finish off our week we created a silly little bear to help remind a how we use each sense.

For jobs this week we made a Xylophone X and we placed the colorful bars in order from biggest to smallest

We made x-ray x's and we also placed the bones in order from largest to smallest

We painted with different flavored paints to create pictures we could smell

We created flap books by cutting out pictures and placing them under the sense we could use for each one.

And we sorted different sized bones into small, medium, and large columns

Friday, September 12, 2014

F Is For Farm

This  week we learned all about the farm. We started off our week by singing Old McDonald had A Farm and we learned about the jobs different animals do (cows give us milk, chickens give us eggs, and horses plow fields.
We watched the story of The Big Red Barn and made some cows for our farm

We Read Inside A Barn in The Country and we had a visit from Mrs.  Schmitz our school counselor. 

We learned about chickens and read Tilly Lays An Egg and created these super cute finger painted chickens

We also read Barnyard Animals and we watched a video on all of the different animals that live on the farm. 

For jobs this week we made an F Fox

An f flower

We practiced our gluing skills by makin glue dots on an apple 

 And then we used our glue to plant a pattern of seeds 

We also used unifix cubes to measure farm animals then we cut out the correct number and glued it with the correct animal. 

Last but not least we continued working on counting and number recognition skills by counting sets of farm animals, cutting out the matching number and gluing it with the correct set. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Is For Apple

This week we learned all about the letter A and what better way to learn all about it than to learn about APPLES and the letter A! 

We started off the week by being scientist and discovering all about Red Green and Yellow apples. We looked at their color, how they felt, how many seeds each apple contained, and then we tasted each color apple and graphed which one was our favorite.

After learning all about apple trees each student created their very own apple tree. The only direction given was they had to use their fingers to create their trees. Each student worked on tearing pieces to build their own unique trees and then they used their fingers to create the red apples.

We learned about how apple trees grow from seed to growing apples. After we learned each stage the students worked on putting them in the correct order.

Each week we work in our Handwriting Without Tears workbooks to practice writing our letters and this week we worked on the letter A.

For jobs this week we made and Alligator A

An apple a

We worked on putting the numbers 1-10 in order on the trunks of our apple trees and then we counted the apples on each tree top and placed them on the correct trunk.

We sorted and matched colors

Finally on Friday we celebrated our big apple week with an Apple Extravaganza. Sadly we had too much fun to snap any picture, but trust me when I tell you everyone enjoyed our feast!