September 2019

Here are some of the things we have been up to this month!

1. ALPHABET STAMPING


I wanted a recording sheet for the kids to practice using alphabet stamps with so I quickly made these up and they were a big hit with our class! I was asked by many people to share the recording sheet so you can download it for free by clicking here or on the image below:


Some people also asked about the stamps and the stamp pad so here are the links for those:

Uppercase alphabet stamps: https://amzn.to/2O0a5O7
Lowercase alphabet stamps: https://amzn.to/2NemGO2
Washable jumbo stamp pad: https://amzn.to/2O0o8Db


2. LINKING CHAIN NUMBERS


Here is a simple math centre I put out for the students to explore linking chains! This centre invites students to read the number and link that many chains under it.  It is a great centre for developing number identification, one to one correspondence and fine motor!

If you would like to grab these (and a number 8-14 strip) you can click here or click on the image below to download them for free!


3. FIND ALL THE LETTERS!


I've made and posted a similar sensory bin to this before, but I updated the recording sheet so I thought I'd post again.  Students are invited to pick up a letter, find it on the recording sheet and dab it with a bingo daubber.  The repeat until they find all 26 letters! The kids loved this one!

The base is black beans and I added wooden letters (Dollarama), magnifying glasses, pencils, an eraser, some bingo daubbers and a recording sheet.

You can grab the recording sheet by clicking here or on the image below:


4. CAN YOU MAKE A LETTER WITH PLAY DOUGH?


Here is a simple literacy based play dough provocation we set out this week! Our kids LOVE play dough this year so they loved this one too! 

4. MEET THE TEACHER SCAVENGER HUNT


We had our Meet the Teacher on September 19 (my birthday! lol). I always put this scavenger hunt out.  I love it because it encourages the students to take the lead and show the parents around our classroom and it gives them something to do while they wait to talk to us! 

A lot of you asked for an editable version so it's now ready in my TPT store!  You can click here or on the image below to grab it if you are interested!


5. THANKS A LATTE FOR YOUR DONATION!


We have a reading table, a writing table, a math table and a communication table (reminder to sign up for Remind and a link to the classroom blog) and a donation table set up for Meet the Teacher!  This year we typed up what we wanted on these little coffee cups and put the out with this sign. We already got a box of Kleenex yesterday and many parents took a coffee cup to donate! We are thankful for our generous parents!

If you would like to grab an editable version of this, you can find it by clicking here or on the image below:


6. SCISSORS PRACTICE


My kiddos love using scissors this year but they do need more practice.. so I thought I'd set up this simple cutting provocation for them to explore cutting different lines! They loved this!  Our scissors experts challenged themselves with the spiral lines and my beginners were encouraged to start with the red strips.

You can grab the template to make these for free by clicking here or on the image below:


7. ELECTRICAL TAPE LETTERS


I saw this idea on @jadorekinder's Instagram account and knew I had to try it!  All you need is black electrical tape (I found some at Dollarama) and loose parts.  Create letters with the tape, put out some loose parts and have the students make the letters!  The kids LOVED this centre!

8. FAMILY BULLETIN BOARD

This is our first bulletin board for the year! We read "A Family Is a Family Is a Family" by Sara O'Leary and talked about how all families are unique and special.  Then I asked them to tell me something about their family.


As the students shared their answers I typed them up.  I also sent a letter home asking each family to send a family photo that we could use for the bulletin board.  As the photos came in, we shared the family photos with the class and then we put their photo and what they shared about their families on the bulletin board.


The students loved seeing pictures of each other's families!

Here are the expectations we touched upon during this activity:


9. WALTER'S WONDERFUL WEB


We have bene learning about 2D shapes.  We read the book "Walter's Wonderful Web" by Tim Hopgood and then we made our own wonderful shape webs!

I drew the middle shape for them in white crayon and drew their web.  Then the students filled in their webs with shapes! We have shape word cards on the math tools board and the students did a great job using those to pick and draw their shapes!

If you want the template for the writing portion of this activity, you can download it for free by clicking here or on the image below:


10. VISUAL SCHEDULE


We finally finished up our visual schedules! I take new pictures each year so the kids can see themselves and their classrooms in the pictures.  We change it everyday during our morning meeting to reflect that day's schedule.

I've shared this file in the past, but if you would like a FREE editable copy to add your own pictures and words you can download it by clicking here or on the image below:


11. SHAPE CUTTING


My kiddos need more practice with scissors skills so I put out this simple centre and they LOVED it!  Not shown in this picture, but there are actually 12 shapes to choose from and this group especially LOVED the hearts! Some kids chose to make hearts for their friends and it was so cute!

I've shared these in the past before too, but if you would like to grab these shape cutting printables for FREE you can click here or on the image below:


12. APPLE PIE COUNTING


My kiddos LOVED this apple pie counting centre! I made the pie crust from felt, bought some aluminum pie pans and set them out with some cinnamon sticks, red pom poms and white cotton balls.

The reciepe cards are by Playfully Primary.  You can find them in her Fall Fine Motor pack by clicking here.

13. ALPHABET PRINT IT 2


This are the pages in our dry erase centre for this month.  I love these because they are differentiated.  It allows the kids who are working on letter formation to work on the large tracing letters and the kids who are starting to write sentences to trace and read the sentences! 

You can grab these dry erase pages by clicking here or on the image below:


That's it for this month! 
Hope you had a great September!

- Yukari
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