Friday, October 25, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
|#1 - Morning Meeting! A time to dance, sing, annnnd shake our sillies out! Our morning time also includes our pledges, school creed, calendar, and weather graphing.|
|# 3 - Conscious Discipline! This is our "safe spot." Students can regulate their own emotions by doing breathing techniques and choosing calming activities.|
|#4 - Art! - A couple of teachers in my building started doing these group color canvases. We had to join in on the fun! Each student contributed one item to each canvas. They are so fun to look at and brighten my day!|
|#5 - This happy little hoot owl given to me by my AMAZING pre-k aide! I love owls and he just cheers me up!..and so does my aide..she makes me laugh all day long and the kids adore her! Thanks Mrs. B!|
|Our math center!|
|There are a couple versions of "Five Little Pumpkins." I wrote this version to incorporate the pumpkin life cycle/production sequence.|
|These mini pumpkins and leaves were in the Target dollar aisle! I made the cards on photoshop.|
|This is an idea I found on pinterest. They are fall tactile number cards! Students had to carefully punch the dots/count 10 and punch out the dots on the numeral with a thumbtack. I know what you are thinking..20 four year olds with thumbtacks..SCARY! ..but amazingly they were so careful and focused (and quiet!) while they were punching dots with the tacks! Then they glued seed pods (beans) to their cards. This activity idea is from: http://thepreschooltoolboxblog.com/?p=1216|
|Here is a photo of our fall harvest pretend center..|
|I love having books, vocabulary, and writing in most of the centers! Fellow teachers that I worked with last year showed me how to incorporate literacy into practically any center!|
|Our discovery center!|
|In this center we have: color sensory bottles, rainbow observing with cd's/flashlights, rainbow light up wands, rain stick,magnets, ABC/number wood chips, tree slice, fall leaves, and colored feather sorting.|
|We also have white boards for writing vocabulary, life cycle sequencing cards (from: http://www.montessoriforeveryone.com/assets/PDF/Life_Cycle_of_a_Pumpkin.pdf), binoculars, seasonal books, and our ongoing experiments!|
|We've had a pumpkin seed taste test and also some pumpkin investigations/observations! Did I mention I love fall?!!|
| We had tested a pumpkin in class to see if it would sink or float. Then we made boats out of tin foil, floated them, and then sank them with marbles. Students counted how many marbles sank their boat ..love it when science and math combine! Each student took home a mini pumpkin over the weekend with instructions to report back on how they sank their pumpkin (without using their hands!) I love how their ideas were their own. Some students wrote word for word how they did their experiment, some drew a picture, some parents even took pictures! A few ideas were to scoop it out and let it soak overnight, tape a hammer to it, tape legos to it, and tape a toy plane to it... (see if it flies instead of sinks! HA!)|
Check out another fall setup HERE!
|Above our sensory table is our pumpkin patch! For a math activity, students had to draw a large circle, cut it out, and practice measuring |
height/width with unifix cubes! They did AWESOME!
I love all the variations of their pumpkin sizes!
|Our ABC center!|
|This collage art is not in our room..but just outside our door. We call them our "Fall Trees." Students chose what items and how many items to glue on..and where! |
See Fall Room Tour part 2 HERE!
Also..check out another fall setup