Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Learning with Little Red Hen

Little Red Hen is one of the first stories I like to read with the children in my class.  I feel that this story helps children understand how import it is to help one another and how to be a good friend.  It also helps with showing children how to create a learning and caring community in their classroom. 

Use this song for make the rules in your classroom.  It is a fun way to get children’s attention
and to get them involved in what you need them to do.

This is the way to Help (tune: Mulberry Bush)
Written by Kids World Exploration
This is the way we pick-up our toys
Pick-up our toys
Pick-up our toys
This is the way we pick-up our toys
So that we can help and learn

Repeat with these lines and any others that the children came up with

This is the way we wipe up our spills
This is the way we share with our friends
This is the way we take turns
This is the way we stand in line
This is the way we wash hand
This is the way we push in our chair
Take pictures of the children do the things in the song.  Place the pictures in a pocket chart with the written description to give the children a visual about what they can do to help.

Set up a dish washing table so that children have to help one another wash and dry the dishes from the dramatic play area.  Every one can have their own job to insure that all the dish get cleaned.  Children will see and learn how much fun it is to work together.

Another way to get children work together is to set up an art table and have two children work together on one project.  They will have to take turns and also collaborate on how they want the project to turn out. 

You can find all of these ideas and more in the Little Red Hen Lesson Plan Theme packet on Teachers Pay Teachers for $5.75.

You will also get in the packet

Pocket Chart Story
Word Wall Cards
Bakery Word Wall Cards
Letter Sound Cards  (C and H)
2 Flannel Board Stories
Bakery Menu for Dramatic Play
Bakery Bingo Game
Hen Counting Mats
Rhyming Word Game
Hen House Letter Match Mats
Writing Cards
Who Will Help?  Early Reader 9 pages

Sample Printable

Sunday, August 28, 2011

More Pocket Chart Stories Using Children’s Names Booklet 2

More Pocket Chart Stories Using Children's Names Booklet 2
The children in my class just love to hear their names used when reading stories or using pocket chart stories.  I find that it helps to keep them activity engaged and intuitively listening.  I also find that my English language learners are able to catch onto the story faster with the pocket chart stories because of the words with pictures and they are also able to recognize their friend’s names.  This helps them feel like they are part of the learning group.

You can find these pocket chart stories on Teachers Pay Teachers for $2.75 the booklet includes 6 pocket chart stories that can be used during large group or for small group readings.

Packet Includes
·         I Caught a Fish
·         Picked a Bouquet
·         At the Zoo
·         I Went Walking
·         Sports Fun
·         In The Tall Grass

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Adventure in Space

We have kicked off the school year by BLASTING off to Outer Space.
The children have been enjoying the rhyme 5 Little Astronauts by Spell Outloud, but I made my own flannel board story because I wanted them to be bigger for the larger group of children.
I used Clipart from  Scrappin Doodles

Paper Plate Planets

Roaring Rockets  
Space Draw 

Painting the Milky Way 
Black Butcher Paper with water down glue and glitter.
Night Sky with light brights 
I found some old light brights that worked out well with this unit.  I can’t even tell you how old they are.  Do they even make them any more?

Friday, August 26, 2011

An Adventure Awaits

This week we have packed up our oldest son and sent him on an adventure to find his way through life and to fulfill his dreams.  He is college bound to the University of Nevada Reno. 

After getting to see the campus I wish I could do it all over again.  I mean the things that colleges have now days who wouldn’t want to go.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

First Impressions

When our parents and children walk into our classrooms and centers they need to be inviting for the children but also the parents.
Create an area that as parents come in they can gather information about parenting or community events.  This area should also include an adult chair, books and toys that the parents can use with their children while waiting to see someone in the office or for having that one on one time with their child before entering the classroom.
Parent and children need their area too.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Very Merry Un-Birthday

We have been celebrating the very merry un-birthdays in our classroom.  Here is a peek at one of our projects.
Foam Birthday Cakes
First the children work together in small groups frosting the foam cakes with puff paint.

Once the foam cakes had on their base frosting they then piped on different colored foam frosting.

We placed the foam paint into sandwich bags and snipped the corner off so that they could squeeze the paint out.

We let them dry over night after these first two stages.
The following day we had the children finish decorating their un-birthday cakes with different craft items.  (pipe cleaners, birthday candles, glitter, pompoms and colors packing peanuts)

Some of the finished Un-Birthday Cakes

Monday, August 8, 2011

Building Math Skills With Say It, Count It, Write It Math Games

Build number knowledge with this fun for children math games.  Say It, Count It, Write It math games are a great activity for children to build an understanding that numbers represent a quantity. 

Includes 15 math mats
Gingerbread Boy
Soup Pot
Fall Tree
Spider Web
Fish Bowl
First Aid Bag
Cup Cake
Christmas Tree
Sample Pages
     Use with plastic animals          Use with birthday candles
All math mats need to be used with game dice

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Keep The Pieces

When it comes to children and puzzles pieces always end up missing.  So in our classroom we have included dollar store baskets in our puzzle area.
Each puzzle has a basket with it, so as the children choose a puzzle they also get a basket.

The children place the pieces in the basket and then pull pieces from the basket to put the puzzle together.

If a child is having a hard time putting the puzzle together or just does not want to finish it because something else has caught their attention then the child places the puzzle and the basket of pieces on the shelf together so that if another child wants that puzzle all the piece are together.
This has helped with the missing piece problem.


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