Friday, September 27, 2013

Big books

Each week in class we work on a letter. I know there is a lot of different thoughts concerning this but I have found it to be very successful in my classroom. We start with the vowels and at the end of five weeks we review the vowels. Each week we do a craftivity to go with the particular vowel we are working on. I glue the projects on long paper and put together a big book for each student. On review week each student will read their book to the class. A is for:... 
Here are a couple of the pages. I love how they turn out!

I would love to hear how done of you feel about a vowel a week. 
Have a great weekend!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Circus of Colors and Shapes

This week was our Circus of Colors and Shapes!  The students rotate through a series of centers and reinforce their knowledge of colors and shapes...We had one of our teachers dress up like a clown and take pictures.
Bean Bag Toss Center!  The students throw a bean bag and then tell what shape it landed on.
Tightrope Center!  The students pull a shape card and then walk on the tight rope!

I Spy Center!  The Students match the circus pictures to the correct plate
This is their sticker chart for each center.  Once they complete an area they put a sticker on their chart.  I bring in parents to help run my centers but if you don't want to do that you could do a couple of centers each day and make the unit a week long.
Face Painting Center!  I paint shapes on their face with washable paint and then take their picture.

Having fun on the tight rope!  Don't fall off....

We end our circus with popcorn and ice cream that make into clowns with m&ms!  Sedley says the circus of shapes and colors was super fun and she loved the snack the best!

If you would like the entire Circus of Colors and Shapes from TPT you can click HERE!  If you like Teachers Notebook you can get it HERE!
You can pick up our circus bingo unit Here!  I added bingo to the rotation this year and it was great for circus vocabulary.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Look Who's in our room!
I always love the beginning of a new year!  Seeing the new little ones and their faces as they begin to learn what school is all about!  They can be tiring days but in about 2 weeks they have the routine and we are rockin'. The first activity I do with them is a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Glyph!
Teaches students to make choices, listen carefully, make tally marks and graph and count!  Great math activity!