Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
We were able to finish the letter T for our alphabet book and the number 2 for our number book. We had one craft this week, a black cat for Halloween. We actually started another craft on Friday, but I must confess, I took a personal day and haven't seen it yet.
Mrs. Dorward brought the black cat craft to us. It is relatively easy, but the children thought it was great.
You will need:
a cat template
I had the children trace the cat on a piece of black paper. Then they cut it out. After they cut it out, I cut out two eyes and they picked a color of tissue paper they liked. I then gave them a rectangular piece of the tissue paper they wanted. Then they placed glue around the eye holes. The tissue paper was placed over the eye area to give the cat a spooky appearance. If you hang the cat on a window, it's even more spooky. The kids really liked it.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Way back during the summer, Roaring Springs Paper Products had sent me a box of composition books for me to review. At the time school was not in session, Roaring Springs has been very patient waiting for me to try these books out.
Roaring Springs sent me a box of marbled composition books for grade 1. These books are filled with lined pages sized appropriately for children of grade 1 age. When I got the books I was thinking of a thousand uses for them.
To do this we pick a topic, have the children draw a pictures, then "write a sentence" about their picture. Our focus right now is to have the children writing from left to right, and to try to get them to form "words" together and put a space between them. After the children "write their sentence" they dictate it to me and I write it also.
I have done the Kid Writing twice with my class. Our first topic was our families, then I did a page about a pumpkin during pumpkin week. During pumpkin I provided the children with the printed words to the beginning of our sentence. They they told me what they wanted to write and I printed it on a sentence strip for them. Some of them were able to copy the sentence, while some were still practicing getting down the writing motion.
I have had the children use crayons and pen on the pages. We have not used markers yet, so I'm not sure if the marker will bleed through the page, but we have had great success with what we have used so far. We are even able to write on the back of the page we just drew on as the pictures "stay on their own side."
I am enjoying my new journey into Kid Writing and glad that we have a wonderful book for the children to keep their memories in.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Our letter in our Pre-K class was doing letter P last week. Appropriately, we decided to center our weeks plans around the book, "Pumpkin, Pumpkin," by Jeanne Titherington.
Mrs. D is a great advocate of books with the children and the printed word. On Monday, we read the book "Pumpkin, Pumpkin" to the children. Then we created a class book based on the pumpkin book.
To make our class book we split the children into groups. With each group we created a picture, then the children dictated words to me that I wrote on the page. I titled my book "Pumpkins." We are then going to let the children share the book with their families. I think the books we are creating are so cute.
So that all the children would be doing something each day we also worked on a jack-o-lantern. On Monday, we painted a piece of paper orange. Then on Friday, I gave them a pumpkin pattern to trace. After they traced the pattern, they cut it out. Finally, I gave them a piece of black paper to cut out a face which they glued to their pumpkin.
On Wednesday, we made our porcupine for letter P. The weeks are flying by.