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Saturday, September 24, 2011

M is for MONSTERS

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!





















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