Monday, March 20, 2017

Dramatic Play: Nursery Center

We closed our flower shop and opened a Nursery in our dramatic play center. The kids love taking care of the baby dolls at this center.

There are books to read to the babies. There are toys for the babies to play with.

We have a washer/dryer to clean the baby clothes. I got this using my bonus points from the Scholastic Reading Club.

There is a pack 'n play for the babies to sleep in. I got the dolls on sale for $6.59 at Toys R Us!

We have baby food, bottles, and baby care items.

We even have a baby bathtub and diaper changing station.

The boys love playing in this center just as much (if not more) as the girls. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Small Group Math

Kindergarten math is so fun! Here is what we did in math during small group time this week.

Geometry: We made shapes out of play-doh.

Addition. I told the kids a story problem and they drew symbols to solve the problem. For example, Jane brought five balloons to school. John brought three balloons to school. How many balloons do they have altogether?

Another example: Three kids were playing soccer. Eight more kids joined wanted to play soccer too. How many kids are playing soccer altogether?

This is our small group at work.

One last example: Jane has two cupcakes. John has four cupcakes. How many cupcakes do they have altogether?

Rainbow Addition: Each band of the rainbow has a number on it. The students took turns tossing cotton balls on to the rainbow. Then the kids write the numbers on their paper to make a number sentence. Finally, we used our fingers to help us solve the problem.

Greater Than /Less Than: We made two groups of rubber ducks in a pond (made out of paper). The kids are pointing to the one that has less. I also asked the students which group had more and they pointed to the group that had more.

Then, we practiced number sentences. In the pictures below, we are practicing subtraction. Nine ducks are floating in a pond. Four ducks flew North for the winter. How many ducks are left in the pond?
 Five ducks are left in the pond.

Normally, we do cooking on Friday, but tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day and we are having a class party. When we do cooking, the kids follow a four or six step recipe and make a tasty treat. Then, they get to eat it. The kids always ask when cooking day is. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Fairy Tale Literature Unit

We just finished our Fairy Tale Literature Unit. We concentrated on two fairy tales: The Fisherman and His Wife and The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

     Castle: We did a castle directed draw. Then the kids decorated their castles.

     Worn out shoes: The kids decorated a shoe pattern to show what the                princesses and princes shoes looked after dancing all night.

     Fish Patterns: The students made three different patterns using fish stickers.

     Shoe Patterns: The kids made three different color patterns on the                    shoe outlines.

Language Arts: The students wrote a summary (using first, next, last format) of the story as a group and then they each drew their own pictures to go with the summary.

Science: We drew a magical fish and labeled the eye, mouth, fin, tail, gills, and scales on the fish.

We had a lot of fun learning about fairy tales. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Read Across America 2017

Last Thursday was Read Across America Day. We did many fun activities all week to celebrate Dr. Seuss. On Thursday we had a Dr. Seuss party. The room moms bought each child a Dr. Seuss book to take home.

Dr. Seuss Word Families.

Dr. Seuss ABC order.

We made green eggs for cooking.

Click here to see more fun Dr. Seuss activities from past years.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Mardi Gras 2017

Last Tuesday we had our annual Mardi Gras celebration. We had a parade around the hall and then we played bingo. It was so much fun!

Earlier in the day, the kids each got to eat a cupcake. If they found a plastic baby in their cupcake, they got to be the king or queen.