Thursday, November 20, 2014

Number Toss

Grayson is loving all the fun learning games we have been playing lately.  Now, that I have all my resources handy it is easier to think up a game, grab some materials and play together. 
G is a kinesthetic learner and enjoys all things related to sports.  So, I grabbed these discs that I bought at Target over the summer, taped on number cards for my Preschool: Getting Started Pack and, of course, a suction was an instant hit!
The great thing about this game is that it can be used to teach or reinforce SO many concepts...letters, sight words, numbers, shapes, colors...the list goes on!

We tossed the ball until it landed on a disc.  Then, we either counted or said the number it landed on.   
The more we played the better G was able to identify the numbers without needing to count the pictures.  
This is definitely a game we will be pulling out often!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Thanksgiving Turkey Interactive Poem

I adore pocket charts!   

I used them all over my classroom and now that we have more space in our new better believe I pulled them out!

Grayson and I had a great time with our Thanksgiving Turkey poem.  It's simple, rhymes, fun and best of all INTERACTIVE!  We literally read the poem together for over 30 minutes!    

You can get this poem for your classroom or home as a Facebook Fan FREEBIE by using the link below. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

6 Thanksgiving Books & Activities for Little Readers

It has officially books are NOT in boxes!  I am super excited to see all of the books that I have had stored up for years now sitting on our playroom shelves.  So, that means more posts about books and activities with your kiddos and students in the future.  First up, are some great Thanksgiving books for little readers.  If you have preschool, pre-k or kindergarten kiddos you are planning to read to during the Thanksgiving holiday, these books will be perfect for you!  I also included an idea for each book that you can complete together to enhance your learners' reading experience (be sure to read all the way to the end to get the freebie included).  So, buckle we go!

The Great Turkey Race by Steve Metzger

Get moving with this cute turkey book.  After reading this book work together to create an obstacle course for learners to go through...throw in a little planning and engineering as you construct the course and get those little bodies moving!

My First Thanksgiving by Tomie dePaola

This book is a simple story that explains how the first Thanksgiving relates to the holiday we celebrate today.  To enhance this story have your learner draw and label their Thanksgiving meal just like Tomie did in the story.

Thanksgiving is Here! by Diane Goode

Thanksgiving traditions...this book definitely has them!  This is a silly and descriptive story about Thanksgiving at Grandma's house.  This story is perfect to read for learners to describe Thanksgiving with the five senses charts in my Thanksgiving Pack or by doing an adjective hunt for primary grades.

Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland

There are tons of adorable "I am thankful..." activities you can find online today, and this book is great to get little ones to think about all the things they have to be thankful for.  Enhance this book with a shared writing activity that can be turned into a class book for kiddos to read or this adorable I am Thankful Pumpkin for the Moffatt Girls.

The Story of Thanksgiving by Nancy J. Skarmeas

This is the perfect book to use when teaching children the story of Thanksgiving.  It provides a simple storyline for readers to follow.  This story is perfect for little learners to retell to a partner using puppets provided in my Thanksgiving Packet.

 I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson

If you have heard of these books before, then you probably already know how great these books are for sequencing activities.  Sequence picture cards with your kiddos to retell the story using this freebie.

I hope that you were able to get some ideas for your classroom or kiddos at home with these great Thanksgiving books.  Feel free to share any activities you do with your favorite Thanksgiving book in the comments below!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Now, I Know My ABC's {Letter Hh}

Grayson has been working on letter identification this year at school.  His class studied the letter Hh last week, so we reviewed it at home.  We began by sorting the capital H's and lowercase h's on his pocket chart.  
Then, we looked at the letter Hh picture cards and placed them on the pocket chart as we sang our Hh song to the tune of "London Bridge"...

"House starts with letter Hh,
Letter Hh, letter Hh,
House starts with letter Hh,
Hh says /h/, /h/, /h/"

Next, was game time and G had a blast.  We played 2 different games with the alphabet cards Aa-Hh. 

Letter Hunt:

First, we played Letter Hunt together.  I hid the letter cards upside down around our playroom.  As G found them we said the name of each letter and the picture and placed the cards on the table (we did not say the letter sound because my primary goal is for him to identify the letters easily).  Once all of the letters were found we matched each letter in the capital and lowercase form.

Letter Sort:

After another game of Letter Hunt, rather than matching the letters, we sorted the letters by capital and lowercase letters.  You can also sort by letters in their name, shapes in the letters (curves, lines or both)...and so much more!  Easy, simple and fun!
We ended our day on some independent work that G did great at.  G was able to easily glue the letters in the correct section of the workpage.  He LOVES using his glue and makes the perfect size dots of glue...I'm one proud, if we can just keep it the way!
While Grayson and I were working Kynlee enjoyed playing with her "orange" tub.  I didn't capture many pictures of K since I've been using my phone while my camera is getting fixed and little miss moves way faster than my phone can that sweet girl!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank a Veteran Today!

Today is Veteran's Day, so Grayson and I did a few activities to give him a better understanding of how soldiers and veterans serve our country.  To do that, I completed the activities from this post with Grayson.   We began by reading I Want to Be a Soldier together.  This book is great for teaching little ones about being a soldier.  It has great pictures and simple paragraphs describing each page...perfect for little learners!

After reading, we sorted the different ways soldiers travel.  Grayson did a great job and loved looking at the different pictures.  

Once we were done sorting we each picked a picture and created it using Mega Bloks.  We had a blast playing with our soldiers from this coloring page in their jeep and boat.  

Tomorrow we are going to prepare a box of donations for Operation Gratitude!  It's not too late to grab my American Soldiers Mini-Pack!  Be sure to thank a Veteran for their service to our country today!