Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bunnies, Chicks, & Jelly Beans!

Yikes!  I did it again.  It's Sunday evening and the weekend has flown by with nary a post from me about what we did in class this past week.  So, without further ado, here is my Five for Friday (on Sunday) offered by Doodle Bugs Teaching.
 We began the week making these adorable bunnies by gluing on Marshmallows after tracing around a template with a black marker.
 We then added a pom pom nose and circles for eyes.
 I love how they turned out.
We also made chicks by gluing on a cracked egg shell over an oval.  We then added wiggle eyes, feathers, grass, and decorations for the egg shells.
{I forgot to get an unclose picture, so I tried to zoom from my door photo, so please forgive that they are blurry!}
We sorted and graphed jelly beans {a favorite activity of the littles}
It's always nice to sneak in a little learning when the learners just think they are having fun!
Speaking of jelly beans, we did a few more things with them this week….
I was so pleasantly surprised when my afternoon sweetie pies actually were able to read color words with no cues or prompting while sorting by color.  It was amazing!  They are going to be so ready for kindergarten in the fall!
Another great activity was finding the same/different jelly beans from a freebie by Kate and Fun in ECSE.  
And last, but not least, we decorated bags and went on an egg hunt at the end of the week.
Up next…..spring break!!!
Thanks for reading!  Have a great day.  :)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Community Helpers!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for the weekly Five for Friday to showcase our week in school.
 We continued learning about Community Helpers.
A local police officer visited our class and explained the duties of his job.  
He was wonderful with the little ones, taking the time to explain how he uses all the equipment and answering all the questions everyone had.
The little ones were totally enthralled.
We made these police cars by painting paper plates blue,
then cutting the bottom off and cutting two triangle shapes at the top.
We added a siren, windows, star, and wheels.
The littles loved them.
Since it's assessment time, I had the sweeties cut out shapes and match the vehicle to the community helper.
I kept the finished product to add into their portfolios.  It's amazing to see how much growth has taken place with cutting skills since the beginning of the school year.
Another job we discussed and role played was that of a veterinarian.  Everyone was so excited.
They picked an animal and filled out a well check or illness sheet.  They took the animal's temperature, heartbeat, pulse, looked in the ears, and gave a shot, if needed.
Ans, last but not least, we took a brief break from our community helper theme to listen to 'The Cat in the Hat' read to us this week.  
It was fantastic!  The cat captured everyones attention for a full 30 minutes.  Gotta love kids getting into books.  :)
I hope you had a fabulous week.
Thanks for reading!  Have a great day.  :)