Sunday, March 19, 2017

Valentine Theme

 Choice Time.  Here are some random pics of choice time today.  The kids love to be creative and during that time I read with the kids one-on-one (well, they read to me!).

Swap Valentine Cards.  The kids loved handing out all their Valentine treats to the other kids.  We did it one at a time so everyone could celebrate each person and could say thank you.

Art.  We put contact paper backwards (sticky side going in toward us) and taped it to the window so the sun could shine in while the students worked on their pieces.  I drew a big heart for the kids and I taught them a technique to put the colored tissue paper on them.  When some kids were done, they because "minions" to their friends and did what ever their friends asked (like putting the color they wanted in a certain place).



Game.  We worked in stations for games so we could have one of the helpers and I to work with each group.  We played Operation, Jenga, and Connect Four.  I hope all my parents are playing games with their kids.  It is so good for brain connections, math practice, and problem solving skills.

Activity.  We will be doing an an art and science project dealing with bubbles so we went outside and blew bubbles.  We talked about the light and colors and them and how it shows up and reflects.

Science Experiment.  I brought some very big flasks for the kids to see (because we will be drawing them soon).  I had one big and one smaller flasks.  We made a hypothesis to see if the 100 mL from the one flask would be the same as the other flask.  They didn't think so...but they were!  The kids loved playing with the flasks and water.

Reading.  We read Valentine books.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Choose Your Adventure

Circle Time.  The memorizations the  kids have done are Dear Laddy and Jellyfish, Hey Diddle Diddle, Jack and Jill, 10 Little Indians in Spanish, and Jack Sprat.  We are going to keep adding more nursery rhymes.  I had a lawyer friend that always worked on nursery rhymes with her children and I read in a brain book that memorization is so great and it is being taken away in schools.  I think the kids feel proud of themselves for being able to do it without me.

Choice Time.  Here are some pics of choice time.  Some kids chose play dough, others the  plastic food and dishware, and I meet with one child to work on reading skills at a time.


Literature.  Valentine Books.  I got some cute ones from the library.

Math.  Q-Bits (great for following patterns), Chutes and Ladders, and Sorry.  We did this in stations with my helpers so each child got to play each game for awhile. 

Choose your own adventure.  I did this once last year and did it again this year.  The kids loooooved it.  I didn't get through hardly any names, so we'll keep them in a box and draw a name out now and then, so they can choose an adventure too.  I got the slingshot led planes (that I had planned on using for The Glorious Flight but didn't get to it).  I set out a page with cards taped to it that had fun ideas underneath that I set out.

Parachute.  We put balls on the parachute, made a little tent, switched colors, and played with the big parachute.

Planes.  The kids practiced with the led planes and some of us made some on our own.

Money.  Faith brought in some fake money and the kids really like playing with it.  All the kids got all the dollar bills from 100 down to 1 and all the coins.  We talked about how we could group them (I know this was a big subject they worked on in kindergarten).  We grouped them according to material, worth, etc.

Charades.  The kids get a little crazy with excitement on this game!