This past week we had Grandparents day at our school. Since we have over 400 kinder kiddos we split up these kind of special activities between our 4 school color "teams" so we can accommodate such large groups of people. It's the same for fieldtrips, etc. Anyway, our class didn't have Grandparent's Day until FRIDAY! Whew! The kids were so excited when they saw the first group of grandparents on Tuesday, I had to break their little hearts and tell them that they were here for some other kids, but they could bring theirs on Friday. They were sad, but still excited that their day would eventually come, even though the wait felt like an eternity. All day on Friday the kids were talking about who was going to come and we all talked about the things they could do once they got here. When 1:45 FINALLY came they were beyond excited to introduce their family members or special friends that came to visit. Of course, I was caught in the moment myself and I only managed to get 1 picture! That's better than none I guess.
This week we spent so much time talking and learning about the letter M! I thought a great theme to go along with this would be monsters. Not only does the word monster begin with the letter M, but a lot of monster literature deals with everyday problems children may be facing. There are a ton of super fun monster activities and books that deal with different feelings people...or monsters... may have. Some of the books we read this week included "Leonardo The Terrible Monster" by Mo Willems, "There's a Nightmare in my Closet" by Mercer Mayer, and of course "Where The Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak.
Take a look at this week's activities. We made monster feet on the first day as a good intro to monsters, we reviewed shapes and graphing by making shape monsters and analyzing our data, we made closet nightmares and discussed some of the things we are scared of and brainstormed ideas to help us be brave, and of course we continued our regular center routines focusing on sight words, learning letters and their sounds, reading color words, patterns, and this week we also started learning about the numbers 0-5 during math time.
One new thing we have started is a weekly poem to go in our poetry journals. We started poetry journals the very first week of school to help us learn how to spell all of our colors, but now the poems will relate to whatever letter we may be studying at the time. This week for M, we made a muffin to go in our journal along with poem. We circled all of the M's. Can you believe there were 8 M's in our whole poem! The kiddos were so surprised at this. This idea came from the famous Kim Jordano! You should check out her website. Kinder by Kim
Our classroom looked like Santas's workshop after using all that tissue paper!
Okay, so when I pull my kids for small group time, they tend to get distracted by the computers that are beside the table. My mom and I brainstormed one afternoon about something we could do to keep their focus at the table and off the computers without having to completely rearrange the room, but also allows me to see that the children at the computers are doing what they should be doing. So we adjusted the position of my table a bit and then we took my old shower curtain, cut it in half, and hung it from the ceiling. During small groups I'll close it so they are less distracted....hopefully, and then tie it back when the computers aren't being used. It's really the only thing we could think of, but I'm not 100% sure that I love it. It really just looks like a curtain hanging in the middle of the room. Oh well! If it doesn't work I can always take it down.
Hey y'all! So, this week's theme was Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. It's very near the beginning of the year so a lot of focus goes towards learning all of our letters in preparation for making those DIBELS benchmarks. The first several weeks of school, including this one, we do a really quick overview of all the letters focusing on several each week. It's a little overwhelming for the kiddos, but next week we are going to hit it hard with letter M and we'll have some fun monster activities to help us along the way.
Anyway, for CCBB we kicked off our theme activities by making a Chicka Chicka "palm" tree. We used our forearms, hands, and thumbs to paint a super cute tree! Later we moved on to toilet paper chicka trees with our names. Everyone got to draw a giant letter out of a bag and cover it with something that started with that letter. That's a bad explanation, but you'll know what I mean when you see the pictures. We used our five senses to explore what a real coconut was, and then we graphed whether or not we liked the taste. Last, but not least, we did a shape review and made Chicka Chicka shape trees. The absolute favorite of all this weeks activities was watching Chicka Chicka Boom Boom on Friday morning, then getting to meet Mrs. Chicka! So fun! Anyway, here's lots of pics from the week.
These are some of our centers for the week. They were reading the room looking for all of our hidden ABC's
Do you like coconut graph before...
some kids loved the coconut
some kids didn't
"Coconut Tree Tumble" (From Julie Lee's Teachers Pay Teachers Unit). We did this as an enrichment activity on Friday.
This is our classroom coconut tree. Every Friday when we assess for DIBELS we will see who in our classroom knows ALL of their letters, capital and lowercase. When they do, they get to hang their monkey on the tree.