Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Fall is here! ...the smell of a pumpkin spice Scentsy in the classroom...one of my favorite times of the school year! Here's a couple of photos of this year's set up. Here is the link to last year's set up and room arrangement.
|Discovery center - blank canvas awaiting our fall collage|
|Blocks area - variety of blocks, pumpkins from Goodwill, felt puppet tree from a garage sale, a silo toy, and loose parts (sunflowers & fake leaves).|
|Our Owl art with fake leaves for wings and cupcake papers for eyes.|
|Our marbled leaves in another area of the Discovery center.|
|Discovery center table - life cycle charts, fake pumpkins, fake leaves.|
|Sensory tub - farm animals, apples, and green peas|
|Math center - I picked up a really cute color/counting squirrel and nut game from Target this weekend!|
|Reading area - fall/farm books and a scarecrow felt board|
|ABC area - abc games, fall books, corn letter seek bottle, and fall decor from Goodwill|
|Pretend center - fall market with pumpkins galore, pumpkin pie, corn, and apples, oh and a cash register and fall books!|
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
|I am loving my new planner from Paper Plum Designs! I opted for the regular planner rather than the teacher version. The teacher version had too many pages that I just wouldn't use. I love how I can see the whole month at a time and it has notes pages after each month. Simple yet pretty! There are so many fun covers to choose from and it was hard to settle on just one! I chose this cover because it goes with the natural look of my room and it has a hint of mint color..my favorite! I did the monogram wrong on purpose..The "M" is supposed to go in the middle but I thought the "L" would look prettier. I also love that it is a spiral and can be folded back.|
|I bought these bright colored pens just for my new planner! (..and also for a bit of motivation to get myself planning for the new year!) I'm going to use the chevron and polka dot washi tape to mark off special events and vacation weeks.|
|I had to redo my calendar set for 2014-2015 and updated the design this year. They are available for sale in my TPT shop and they are editable in power point! These portrait calendars have a ribbon banner, doodle border, and a light chevron design behind the month titles.|
|Here is the set of binder covers I used to organize myself for this year! I have this set and yellow/gray version up for sale in my TPT shop as well.|
Monday, March 24, 2014
|We started this project during our construction study in the Spring. We received a tub of all these wooden shapes at the beginning of the year with our teaching manipulatives and I really didn't know what these shapes were for. We kept baskets of them in our blocks area and some in discovery center during our construction study. Pretty soon students were rolling them, stacking, and seeing how high they could build. I found the idea for this project from PlayfullyLearning.blogspot.com ....And thus began our wooden sculptures project! |
Here is a bit of an outline of our project:
Day 1: We set out baskets around the classroom floor filled with these wood shapes and invited students to continue exploring and experimenting. They started making their own individual creations and then invited them to draw what they had made. We had talked in earlier discussions about what a scientific drawing is..."drawing what you see." (Later this led us into a discussion about perspective drawing...I love that I get to talk about art and introduce these new concepts with PRE-K!) Through observing and asking questions to groups exploring their shapes, we were able to have conversations about size seriation, balance, and weight! I saved their drawings and their wood shapes went back into baskets.
Day 2: Students were given back their drawings and now the drawing was used as a "plan." We talked A LOT about using a plan for ideas all throughout this year. Students used their drawing/plan to re-find their pieces and follow steps to put their sculptures back together....the fun part! Most students stuck to their original plans and a few replaced certain pieces with other pieces...and that was totally fine! ..it was THEIR design! During this segment, students were asked questions about the sequence of their design. What must happen first? Then, when students felt like their sculptures were finished they glued the pieces together with Elmer's glue. (Playfully Learning suggested using a paintbrush and glue..which worked well.) I also had bought flat (different sized shaped) wooded bases at Hobby Lobby for their projects. Which was interesting to see which base they chose that would fit their sculpture.
Day 3: Students used watercolors to paint their sculptures.
Day 4: Students created another scientific drawing..this time adding in color!
Day 5: Students (who volunteered, and all wanted to) shared to the class about their sculptures. Their end products were AMAZING.. all unique and different. They expressed to the class how they came up with their ideas, what inspired them, and what it represented to them. Although the end products were great, the overall learning experiences were fantastic! I love open ended projects, full of choices, that allow creativity! By asking students open ended questions when they are creating..you will be blown away by their thought processes!
|This student connected two bases to fit her design. She said, "First you press the button, then the little man hops on all the trampolines to get to end!"|
|I just love how the sculptures are all unique..not one the same! Students were interested, engaged, EXCITED to share, and PROUD of not only their project but their learning!! They really surprised me by how well they observed and drew what they saw!|
Saturday, March 15, 2014
|Welcome to my pre-k classroom tour! Classroom spaces and and arrangements are so very important and especially in the early childhood years! Defined areas for learning centers allow for students to be gravitated to new provocations and it also helps them know where to return materials properly. I love to create inviting center areas that are already set up for play! It gives students kind of an invitation to play and a few ideas about how to get started. The center learning areas I have are: blocks, pretend, discovery, reading, abc's, art, ipads, math, sensory, puzzles, & light table. Sometimes I don't have the centers open all at one time. For example, at the very beginning of the school year blocks and pretend centers are open. Students learn to be responsible in that center and then a new center is open/added every couple of days. I also like to incorporate the topic we are studying into all the centers. Currently, we are learning all about the season of spring! There are so many seasonal concepts students are interested in. We are exploring insects, spiders, butterflies, and gardens! We are also learning new art techniques with our Andy Warhol bee prints and learning about garden artist, Claude Monet!|
First stop, our morning board area! Here we have our word wall which has our alphabet circle letters (purchase here!), sorted student names, environmental print from our community, and post-it note student drawings of vegetables we have been learning about! We also have our Smartboard, Wish You Well Board, and other carpet/circle time supplies.
|Our spring pretend center filled with farmer's market items such as flowers, pots, seed packets, and vegetables!|
Monday, March 10, 2014
|Dr. Seuss week was so much fun for our students AND teachers! Here are a few more activities we were able to incorporate. |
Read about "Dr. Seuss Week part 1" here!
|Students decorated silly Cat in the Hat hats to their heart's content while wearing their silly hats of course!|
|For journaling, students thought of funny food combinations and had to draw/share their ideas!|
|Silly socks were designed with dot markers for "Silly Sock Day!" Here is the template.|
|Another math game! This is a go fish magnet game. Students use two jumbo foam dice to roll a number, add numbers together, and search for the matching fish! The poles are made from paintbrush sticks, yarn, and a heavy duty magnet. Click HERE or below to download some silly fish so you can create your own Go Fish game! |
|..and here are her lovely Dr. Seuss nails to theme with our week!|
|Look how creative this mom was! The fins are made of craft foam and attached to a t-shirt with safety pins!|
|I love, love, love this game! I had been looking for a rhyming game easy enough for pre-k to put in ABC center. This is a truffula tree picture rhyming game. You can purchase it here for FREE!|
|..and last but not least...favorite Dr. Seuss book graph I downloaded off the SMARTBOARD exchange...love that site!|