Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
I have never believed in saving things just for lessons and then putting them away. I let the children touch it, experience it and talk about it. You will be surprised at this. Flannel boards are not that expensive either.
The vocabulary is worth it.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
We have started our ocean theme and we transformed our little dramatic kitchen area in to an aquarium for our ocean unit. I placed the fish they made on the ceiling so they could be hanging.
I also put blue butcher paper to represent the water. I also put little ocean animals on the paper and even on the blinds.
I also placed ocean books in the basket of books assigned to the dramatic play area.
This helps build vocabulary in a fun way.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
They are easy to make with just some screws and some material and hot glue gun.
Also have a comfy chair or a bean bag chair. Try to put stuffed animals that the children can read to and have a little area carpet.
I love the posters I placed on my library center which are authors of children's books.
Make it fun!!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I also have pictures of all sorts of ocean animals. They love learning about all kids of ocean animals and what they look like and what they do in the ocean. You can always find pictures in the internet and print them and post them around the room or in the science center.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I place Library card pockets on the shelf where the centers are. Lets say that I have a puzzle center and I only want 4 children to go to that center at a time. Then I place 4 card pockets as shown in the picture. The children place their "ticket" in the pocket. When the pockets are full the centers are full. If a fifth child wants to go to that center there are no more pockets for him so he must choose another center.
This works so so well for center organization. Studies show that when a child gets to choose their own center it is better, this way they choose the center but there is also a limit. They learn to take turns and make choices. It really works.
BTW--on the picture you can see some shoes, yes they are my feet with crocs on.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
I love my felt board
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
I wanted to teach the students about constellations and what they look like and that they are made of stars.
So i took the empty pringle containers and used push pins to copy constellations I found in books and on the internet.
They also had a great time finding out that the pringle containers are attracted to magnets. This is a great activity cause it is very inexpensive and easy to make.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
They love it and it is a great way to introduce seeds and what can grow out of seeds.
You can then read them a book called: The Surprise Garden by Zoe Hall. This book is about children that sort out seeds, then they plant the seeds and it's a surprise garden because they don't know what will grow. At the end they have a salad with what grows and they love it.
Friday, April 02, 2010
I love reading the children some books about planting seeds, like The Seed Song, by Judy Saksie. We then get some beans or flower seeds and plant them in cups, usually clear.
I love the clear cups because the children can see the roots. In the picture they are styrofoam because that is all we had at the time. Use what you have, I always say. The children get very excited to see their plant grow.
I love putting the plants on the window sill. That really gets them the sun they need. The children love this activity. So many things they can learn with this simple activity.