February 2020

Hi friends!

Here is what we've been up to in February!

1. DON'T DROP THE ANIMALS!


The kiddos LOVED this game!! I got this idea from @rece_fdk_1994 on Instagram.  You can see her original post by clicking here.

I covered a container filled with water and put a piece of tissue paper on top and secured it with an elastic band.  The students were instructed to place an animal on top, roll the dice and poke that many holes in the tissue paper with a toothpick.  They repeat until their animal falls down!

They could also play with a partner and see who could keep their animal up the longest!

This was a great game for 1:1 correspondence and subitizing!

2. SIGHT WORD SNOWBALL TOSS


I saw this idea originally on @itskindie's Instagram page and knew I wanted to try it.  A couple weeks passed and I saw it again on someone else's Instagram page but she wasn't sharing her printable, so I made my own and took this picture.. and then finally remembered that @itskindie shared a printable already!

So originally I didn't share the printable, but I talked to @itskindie and she said she didn't mind if I shared the printable so here it is!  You can grab it for free by clicking here or on the image below:


If you want her original version you can find it here.

Anyways, to play this game students are invited to take a "snowball" (cotton ball) and toss it in a cup.  They read the cup they get it in and either colour the circle or write the word in the circle.  They continue to toss and colour/write until their sheet is full!

I pulled my LLI (intervention reading group) kids to play this game with me and it was a fun way to learn/review sight words! I purposely picked words that my kiddos were struggling with in the PM Benchmark Level 1 and 2 books to give them more practice with them.

3. FOLLOW THE RECIPE - HOT CHOCOLATE



Another big hit with the kiddos this month!

The kids were invited to pick a recipe card and follow the recipe to make a cup of hot chocolate.

We used..

- dry red kidney beans for the cocoa
- brown snap cubes for chocolate
- plastic candy canes (from Dollarama) for the candy canes
- is old dried out (but real) marshmallows for the marshmallow (you could use cotton balls too!)

After a few days I also added blank recipe cards so the kids could write their own recipe and make each other's hot chocolate recipes! This was a hit too!

You can find these recipe cards in my "Kindergarten Winter Activities" pack.  If you want to check it out, you can click here or on the image below!


4. VALENTINE'S DAY BEGINNING SOUND DO-A-DOT


My kids love bingo daubbers so this is an easy no-prep activity that I put out for a lot of holidays!  I finally brought out these new colours and the kids went crazy over them!

If you want to grab these they are in my "Kindergarten Valentines Activities" pack on TPT.  There are also sheets for:
- H is for heart.
- B is for balloon.
- F is for flower.
- C is for card.

You can click here or on the image below to check it out if you are interested!


5. SIGHT WORD COOKIE PLAY DOUGH CENTRE


Here is a new centre I made up for Valentine's Day! Our kids love play dough this year (especially if it's more open ended) so I came up with this centre inspired by Fantastic Fun and Learning's Candy Heart Play Dough centre (you can see her post by clicking here).

Students are invited to pick a sight word cookie card.  Make a heart out of play dough and then decorate it with the sight word using the letter beads!

The letter beads and rhinestones are from Walmart and the cookie cutters are from Dollarama!

You can grab the sight word cards I used at this centre for free by clicking here or on the image below:


6. WORD SEARCH VALENTINES


This year I wanted to come up with a valentine to give to our class that they didn't just look at and toss in the recycling bin.. so I came up with these.  I'm hoping the parents will sit with the kiddos and do the word search with them.  Just trying to encourage a little literacy at home over here ;D

Here's how it looks completed (on the right!)


If you would like to grab these valentines (they are editable so you can type in your name(s) at the bottom!) to use with your class, you can grab them for FREE by clicking here or on the image below:


I did print these at 90% because 100% seemed a little big.. just wanted to let you know that's what you need to do to get the size you see above!

7. EXTRA VALENTINES


So this is just a friendly reminder but if you know there are kiddos in your class who might not bring Valentines (for whatever reason) to hand out, to have a few extra boxes on hand so you can have them fill them out in the morning and hand them out during your card exchange!  I picked these up at Dollarama!

8. HALLWAY BB FOR FEBRUARY

Here is our current bulletin board in the hallway! We put up our learning about cultural celebrations, holidays and special days from the last few weeks.  There is a section for Pongal, Lunar/Chinese New Year and Groundhog Day!



If you would like to take a look at my learning goal (with expectation numbers from the Ontario Kindergarten Program) you can click here or on the image below to download it for free!



All other printables shown were made by my teaching partner!


We used "The Groundhog Book" by Growing Kinders to learn about Groundhog Day and did this craft (Groundhog Day Easy Art Craft and Anchor Chart) by Teaching Special Thinkers.  Both are free from TPT!

At the bottom of the craft I added a little box that said "Groundhog Day is on February 2nd!" in dot font so the kids could practice tracing that sentence and adding it to their craft.  If you want to grab that, you can do click here or on the image below:


9. VALENTINE LOOSE PARTS MATH



I got this idea from my teaching partner.  She did it in her sensory bin but I just put it out at a table.  My kiddos didn't engage with this one too much but I think they might need more modeling.  I'm hoping to try it again with non-seasonal manipulatives or St. Patrick's Day manipulatives soon!

10. VALENTINE HEART HATS



My kiddos love this one every year.  I save it for Valentine's Day so it's a special activity on the day of.  We just fold the paper plates in half and cut around free hand to make the heart shape.  I've used stamps in the past to decorate these too but stickers, paper hearts or just markers work too!

11. HOW MANY HEARTS CAN YOU STACK?


This one is a hit every year too and so easy.  Just buy some conversation and challenge them to see how many they can stack!  Great for fine motor and 1:1 correspondence!

12. I LOVE _____ HEARTS

This activity was inspired by @mrsmacskinders!  I cut out big hearts and put I love NAME because... for each student in the middle.  Then we read "Words and Your Heart" by Kate Jane Neal and talked about how words can fill or hurt your heart.  Then we talked about how kind words can fill our heart with so much joy and happiness.  Then we introduced the activity.  We talked about how we will fill out a few hearts a day and write down things we love about that friend.


Then we read "Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse!" by Laura Numeroff and listened to the reasons why Mouse loved each of this friends.  Lastly, we started to fill out the hearts!  Then we did 3 comments per child whole group and then left the hearts out at centre time for the kids to add more words and decorate.

Here's the finished heart for my teaching partner!


Next time we will start earlier in February and make it a whole month things so that it doesn't feel rushed!  The kids loved this activity though and it was great to foster more kindness in our classroom!

13. EASY PEASY VALENTINE BAGS



Last Valentine post! This year we made these super simple Valentine bags with foam stickers.  After they were filled and they went off to gym I added these handles (inspired by @teachingwithheart) and it made it so much easier to carry the bags at the end of the day!

14. WHO LIVES IN YOUR HOUSE?


To celebrate Family Day, we first read "The Family Book" by Todd Parr.  We stopped at a few spots and made connections between the families in the books and our own families.  Then we drew a picture of the people who live in their house(s) and put them in house shaped popsicle stick frames!  Next, we read "A Family Is a Family Is a Family" by Sara O'Leary and listened to the different characters in the story tell why their family is special.  Lastly, the kids shared what makes their family special and I recorded their ideas on chart paper!

The chart and the houses are going up on our bulletin board soon.  We will try to show you when it's done!

15. HUNDREDS DAY ACTIVITIES

Here are some of the activities we did for the 100th day of school! We did most of these activities for the whole week during afternoon centres.

"The 100 Poem" was our shared reading for the week! We practiced changing the last word of each sentence as a group and then reading it as a group as well.  Students were invited to make their own poems at centre time too.


If you already own this file, the updated version you see above is free! Just re-download the file by clicking here or on the image below to get the free updates!


We also did this "Roll & Race to 100!" activity.  Students played in pairs and took turns rolling the dice and dabbing that many squares with a bingo dabber.  First person to reach 100 wins!


My kids love anything with paint so "Paint to 100" was popular! I picked up a set of the Crayola glitter paint (I have the regular colour ones and use them often) and they are soooo pretty! The kids loved using it!


One of my kids (who usually has a difficult time self-regulating at centre time) LOVED this one!! I had a "Trace to 100" option available too for kiddos who are still practicing their letter formation so that all students could attempt it!


The kiddos loved this one too! They were invited to predict how much of the jar will be filled with 100 drops of water, try it out and record the results.  Then they were asked to circle if their actual amount was more or less than their prediction!


The "100 Second Challenges" were popular too! There were 3 challenges: 

How many times can you write your name in 100 seconds?


How many times can you write the alphabet in 100 seconds?


and how many pattern blocks can you stack in 100 seconds?


All of the centres above can be found in my "Centres for the 100th Day" pack.  You can click here or on the image below to check it out on TPT if you are interested!


16. DOT STICKER SHAPES


I actually did this activity back in October but was so overwhelmed at the time I didn't have a chance to snap a pic! But the kids really enjoyed it and it was super popular so I finally took a picture so I could share it with you guys!

I just got the small colour coding sticker dots from Dollarama and set them out with these sheets.  The students are invited to cover the lines of the shape with the stickers and then trace the shape word underneath.

You can grab these dot sticker shape sheets (cirlce, square, triangle, rectangle, diamond, star and hexagon and oval are included) by clicking here or on the image below: 


17. PLATE DETECTIVES

I originally bought these plates to use with a math activity, but they were too big.  Then I was driving home from school the other day and came up with this activity! Since there are lots of pictures and colours on the plates I thought it was perfect for hiding the letters and sight words.  I wrote the letters and sight words with a thin tip permanent marker as small as I could.  Then I'll just set them out with magnifying glasses and the recording sheets!

I made two versions.  First couple of days I'm going to put them out with this one and have students find the letters/sight words, say the letter/sight word and highlight it.  They are done when they find all of the letters and sight words!



Then I'm going to put this one out.  For this one they have to just record 5 letters they find and 5 sight words they find on the recording sheet.


 I choose Paw Patrol and LOL plates because that is what is popular with my kids (I actually wanted Peppa Pig plates because they are obsessed with Peppa Pig but I didn't see any at the stores I went to).  

I got these plates at Walmart!

You can grab the recording sheet for this activity for FREE by clicking here or on the image below!


That's it for now!
I will be adding to this post as the month goes on.
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- Yukari
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January 2020

Happy New Year! Hope you all had a great holiday! Here is what we have been up to in our classroom this month!

1. NEW YEAR'S EVE SENSORY BIN


Here is a simple sensory bin that you can put together with left over New Year's Eve goodies! The students enjoyed feeling and wearing the various items in the bin, talking about the items and lots of pretend/imaginative play! It was a simple bin but a hit!  Everything in the bin (except for the black beans) was from Party City!

2. NEW YEAR'S PLAY DOUGH


Here's another fun and open-ended centre New Year's themed centre!  Open-ended play dough is a favourite for this group so I knew this would be a hit! They were encouraged to make "2020" or anything else that reminded them of New Year's Eve/Day using the loose parts & play dough!

3. WINTER PATTERN BLOCKS


I wanted to put out a centre for 2D shapes that encouraged students to explore composing with shapes and decomposing shapes so I made and put out these "Winter Break Pattern Block Pictures".  The coloured mats were a hit but not too many friends tried the outlines.  Someone said on Instagram that their class loved putting the pictures side by side and challenging themselves to fill the pictures in a different way than was shown in the coloured version so I'm going to try that next week!

You can find these pattern block mats by clicking here or on the image below if you are interested in grabbing them!


4. SENTENCE BINDER


I have a few friends who are always asking me for more writing tasks.  These kids wouldn't need these pages for support but I wanted this centre to be something that most of my kids could attempt in their writing duo-tangs (shown above) if they wanted to so I made these new sentence helpers and popped them in a binder!


So far the kids have loved it and it gets them using their writing duo-tangs more! It also makes it really easy for me and my ECE to pull a guided writing group as well when we have extra time.  I put these in my TPT store since so many of your were asking about them when I shared a sneak peek on Instagram! There are only four sentences right now but I hope you enjoy using it none the less!

You can find the sentence binder pages by clicking here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Sentence-Binder-Sentence-Helpers-for-Beginning-Writers-5152613 or by clicking on the image below!


I had lots of questions about the paper in their writing duo-tangs as well.  You can find those here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Step-by-Step-Kindergarten-Writing-Plans-1-2702186


6. FROZEN SMALL WORLD + STORY MAKING CENTRE


I was so excited to introduce this centre so I'm sad I missed it (I was away all this week due to my son having a double ear infection and high fever) and just when we was starting to feel better I caught the same thing too😭

Anyways my ECE says that they loved it (my girls are obsessed with Frozen II so I thought they would) so I'm so glad since those peg dolls took a million hours to paint!  But it's all worth it when the kids are so engaged in the centres!


I get asked this all the time when I post these word charts so I'm going to say it again, I don't share these word charts because printables with characters from Disney (and most big name companies) are trademarked and cannot be shared, whether it is a paid product or free.  Sorry!

7. PICK, STICK & WRITE


Again, I missed seeing the kids do this activity because I was off all week but I found these foam stickers at Dollarama the other week and thought they would be perfect for a literacy activity.  I brought them home and came up with this idea!

The students are invited to pick a sticker, stick it in the "Stick It" box and then write the letter in the "Write It" box!  Super simple, but peeling foam stickers is a great way to work on fine motor skills and this activity works on letter identification and letter formation too! And my kiddos love activities with stickers so I thought these would be a hit!  My ECE partner said they loved this activity too!

This is what the packaging for the stickers look like if you want to grab them at Dollarama too!


You can grab the printable for free by clicking here or on the image below!


8. SNOWFLAKE LETTER FORMATION CARDS


I wanted something new for salt trays so I made up these cards and mini wands to put out with them! The salt is mixed with a little bit of silver glitter and the wand is a table scatter I found at Michales glued on to a mini dowel I found at the dollar store.

The trays are from lacing kits by Melissa & Doug!

We also used them with dry erase markers the next week.

I added these letter formation cards to my "Kindergarten Winter Activities" pack.  If you already own it, you can re-download it for free by clicking here or on the image below:


9. RED ENVELOPE CENTRE


We learned about Chinese/Lunar New Year this week and after watching a video about Chinese New Year, one of the kids asked if we could have a centre with red envelopes.  My ECE and I didn't have any red envelopes on hand so we decided to make it a centre where the kids make their own red envelopes, fill it with "gold coins" (yellow construction paper cut in to circles) and gift it to their friends.

I just folded red construction paper (8.5 x 11") in half, cut that in half and then stapled the sides to make the "red envelopes"


If you want to grab the covers we used for free, you can click here or on the image below:


10. SIGHT WORD MINI BOOK "LOVE"


I rearranged my sight word list a little bit to target sight words that my kids are struggling with that are in the BAS level 1 and 2 books to give them more practice with them.  "Love" is on of these words and when I went to print off the sight word booklet for next week, I realized I didn't have one for this sight word! So I made one.


It worked out because we recently made a list of favourite animals as a class so I used the animals that most commonly came up for the animals in this booklet.



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


I use these mini books every week so I also have mini books for all 92 pre-primer and primer sight word booklets.

If you're interested you can find the bundle and links to each individual set by clicking here on the image below:


That's it for now! I'll be adding more throughout the month! Follow me on Instagram to stay in the loop of when new things are added to this blog post!

- Yukari
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