Saturday, April 25, 2015

Nursery Rhymes and a Freebie!

It's time for Doodle Bugs Teaching weekly linky 'Five for Friday'.  Here is what my little loves did this week…
We began one of my all-time favorite units of study….Nursery Rhymes!
This week we focused on the following rhymes.  At the end, we will put each page into a take-home book.
 After practicing 'The Itsy Bitsy Spider' and placing the spider in, out, above, below, and beside the spout, the little learners made their own version for our book.
This idea came from 'The Vintage Umbrella' and was tweaked to fit into our take-home book.
The next rhyme was 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'.  The sweeties painted with texture rings for the fleece.
Then, the next day added pieces to the paint.
'One, Two, Buckle My Shoe' was our third rhyme.
I'm not sure why{except maybe because there are lots of small pieces and following directions to make this?}, but I didn't snap any shots of the littles making the craft.  Here is a photo of the final product though.
You can also pick up a free copy of the rhyme HERE or click on the picture below.
 I use it with the song.  My favorite version is Jack Hartmann's on his Rhyming to Read CD.
 Our last rhyme this week was 'Jack Be Nimble'.  The little learners will put together the page next week, but first they took turns putting the candlesticks in order from shortest to largest.
Then each sweetie tried to jump over each candlestick.
Some of my shots are blurry, but you can tell they had so much fun!
 The last thing we did this week was a walk-a-thon to raise money for our school.  Fortunately it was a beautiful day to get outside.  :)
They did great, with no complaining!  Afterwards, each walker was rewarded with a popsicle!
Also, I wanted to share our pm class picture (minus one sweetie).  A huge milestone was achieved as everyone was looking at the camera and smiling!!!  
I love this group!
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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Five Senses: Part 2!

Yippee!  I actually think I will be on time for my Five for Friday offered by Doodle Bugs Teaching this week.
We continued our 'Five Senses' theme.  Take a look at some of our activities.
For our sense of smell, we made these flowers…
We glued stems and then added flowers by scrunching up tissue paper squares.
Then, we sprayed the flowers to make them smell good.
The final product……
Another activity that required us to rely on our sense of smell was smelling different scents and then trying to guess what it was…
I used a combination of real foods, extracts, and flavorings on cotton balls inside small containers.
Then, the sweet ones used a bingo dot marker to show what it was.
If you would like a copy of the 'What's That Smell?' page click HERE or on the page above.  It is also available as a freebie in the preview of my 'Learning About My Five Senses' pack available at my TpT store.
For our sense of taste, we conducted a taste test.  Different foods we tried included lemons, pickles, pretzels, Hot Tamales, Sour Patch Kids, Hershey Kisses, and bittersweet chocolate.
Each sweetie had a happy/sad face to show if they liked the food item or not.  We tallied and decided if more or less people liked each item.
As you can see not everyone liked all the food we tried, but I was so proud that they at least tried all!
One of our culminating activities was playing a five senses game using 'What's In Ned's Head?' and a lotto game from Lakeshore.
We also made a five sense bear that focuses on each of the senses.

Love these!
To assess the learning of my little loves, they cut and glued pictures according to the sense it requires us to use most.
They did fabulous!  This page is in my 'Learning About My Five Senses' pack available at TpT.
Our school was lucky enough to have Matt Glover join us for an in-service to show how to introduce our preschoolers to book making.  
I have heard Matt speak several times, but this was the first time I saw him actually do a lesson with little ones.  It was pretty amazing! 
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

5 Senses Fun!

Yikes!  It's already Sunday and it seems this has become a bad habit…..I'm just now getting to my Five for Friday post offered by Doodle Bugs Teaching.
This week, we began a 'Five Senses' unit.  This is one of my favorite themes to teach.  There are SO many fun things to incorporate into the little loves learning.

We began with the sense of sight.  One activity that brought lots of giggles was having a peer hide under a blanket while another little friend had to look around to see who was missing.  It was a great way to incorporate language and social skills, too.
As you can see the little learners LOVED this!
We also did some flashlight painting with the lights off, which was super fun for my loves.
Next, we explored the sense of touch.  Of course, shaving cream is a must.
We made texture boards for another activity to learn about touch.
 For the sense of sound, we painted with musical instruments attached to foam brushes.
This was a perfect example of how the process often is more important than the product.
They really, really enjoyed listening to the different sounds they could make by painting faster and slower.
We also matched sounds of objects hidden in plastic eggs.
We also played a 'Sounds of Home' lotto game to emphasize the importance of hearing.
For an art project that incorporates all the senses, we made this Potato Head creativity.
The little learners were amazing at being able to tell what senses they were using while making our Potato Heads.

You can find patterns, an emergent reader, and senses sort HERE.
We were on spring break during Easter, so on Monday the Easter Bunny came to visit.
It was a nice way to come back to school after a week off!

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