Friday, October 25, 2013

Wild Things!

We read "Where the Wild Things Are" (a personal favorite) this week and made these adorable Max heads.

And speaking of adorable......check out these sweeties!
We re-enacted the story while wearing our Max masks.
Click on the patterns below if you would like to make your own masks.

One of my favorite things about teaching preschoolers is all the fabulous gifts I receive!  This week I was bestowed with these beauties..........
a necklace and in the cup is a bug.  :)  I was told by my little sweetie that it was a nice bug.  I love them!
I was also given this heart shaped leaf.  When the young gentleman thought he had lost it he was almost in tears.  I told him to look in the pocket on the other side of his backpack and there it was!  He replied, "Oh, I was just kidding.  I didn't lose it.  Here it is!"  He was so excited to give it to me.  I have the sweetest kids.  :)
We also read "Go Away Big Green Monster".  We re-told the story with the help of a gigantic green monster and individual monsters made out of felt.  They did a fabulous job.

Another of our stories this week was "My Friend the Monster".  This is such a cute book.  We then made these fun monsters like the one in the book.
My daughter flew home for the weekend.  Yippee!  We will be going to the Mizzou game for Homecoming.  I can't wait.
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Friday, October 18, 2013

Five for Friday! Scarecrows

It's Friday!  Time for another Five for Friday offered by Doodlebugs Teaching.
 Our theme this week was 'Scarecrows'.  Here are a few of our activities: 
After reading "The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything", we retold the story by dressing up in the clothes that followed the old lady in the woods.
We put a scarecrow together by sequencing the story.
They all turned out a little different.  :)
We made a scarecrow glyph.
I have a 'Little Old Lady Not Afraid of Anything Scarecrow Activities' pack on TpT and TN
Enjoy this freebie from the pack.  Click HERE or on the picture to download.

I had the pleasure of going to the Chiefs game with these lovely ladies last Sunday.  Tomorrow I will watch some Tigers football while enjoying a relaxing weekend.  Love me some football!
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Fire {5} for Friday!

It's Five for Friday time again!
Last Thursday was Grandparents'/Special Persons' Day at school.  To prepare, we made these cards to give to our visitor after we sang them a couple of our favorite songs.
To make, we tore up pieces of construction paper and glued onto a large heart cut-out.
We then added this to the back.
{Click HERE or the picture if you would like a copy}

We then did a craft together.
To make, we cut the middle out of a paper plate then glued on cut-out leaves.  {Real leaves would have been great to use, but unfortunately the leaves in our area haven't really started turning yet.}
We then painted the leaves with a glitter/karo syrup mixture to give them a dewy look.  Love them!
This week, we had a visit from our local fire department.
Everyone loved getting to climb through the cab of the fire truck!

Of course, we also learned all about fire safety this week.  To help us practice staying low and crawling on the ground to avoid smoke, we colored with white and gray crayons on this black paper.
We then added flames we cut out.
The paper was then taped to two cube chairs.
Our little ones then had to crawl under the smoke.  
We also practiced calling 911 with our Learning Resources phone.  
They took their job very seriously.
We also practiced "stop, drop, and roll".  To help us remember, we made these fire fighters with pictures of "stop, drop, and roll".

Whew! We learned a lot about fire safety this week.
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Friday, October 4, 2013

Leaves, Grandparents, and Five, Oh My!

It's Friday, so that means another Five for Friday hosted by Doodle Bugs Teaching!
This week was CRAZY busy and to top it off I was sick right in the middle of it.  Anyhoo, let's get down to it.
We started the week with a 'leaves' theme.  There are so many things to do with this that it is hard to narrow it down.  We made these rakes and leaves art projects.  I think they turned out pretty darn cute.

The little ones had to tear the construction paper into leaf size pieces.  That is such a hard thing for many of my sweeties, but is great for fine motor development.
I am so lucky to have i-Pads in my room.  They were updated recently, so we spent some time learning about some of our new apps.
The class is never so quiet when the i-Pads are in use!
We had 'Grandparents'/Special Persons' Day on Thursday.  To get ready for this big event we read "How to Babysit a Grandpa" and then made these adorable portraits of what we think we will look like when we are grandparents. I got the idea from Deanna Jump's 100 Days of School Pack.  We added pearl necklaces and earrings for the ladies and buttons on the shirts for the guys.

I started back to school for the fall semester.  I am taking some online classes as well as face to face classes.  I think the class I am most eager to learn about is one on Common Core State Standards.
We read "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves" this week.  I love it when I read a story and then later hear one of my sweeties retelling the story as he/she looks through the book.  That's exactly what happened today.  It made me so happy! I captured the moment with my camera.

As part of our 'leaves' theme, I made an "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves" Essential Questions/Retelling Pack available on TpT and TN.  It includes retelling props and cut and paste activity, essential questions, an emergent reader, and vocabulary words.  To go along with the essential questions, I made a PowerPoint presentation to use on my interactive whiteboard.  If you would like a copy click on the picture below.
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