Monday, April 28, 2014

Welcome Spring Animals! (A, B, Pentagon, and 24)

Our theme this week was "Welcome Spring Animals" and we focused on the number 24, and reviewed the letters A and B, the color white and the shape pentagon.

We read this week: Owen by Kevin Henkes
                              No More Bottles for Bunny by Bernette Ford
                              Duck and Goose: Here Comes the Easter Bunny by Tad Hills
                              Happy Easter, Curious George by Margret and HA Rey
                              Splat the Cat, Where's the Easter Bunny? by Rob Scotton

Our question of the week was "What is something that you might find in an Easter Egg?" Some of these are quite hilarious!

For our theme of the week, we walked around outside on our nature trail to see if we could spot any spring animals. We didn't see any, but we found these interesting plants that looked like closed umbrellas.

We brainstormed some spring animals and tried to call them while we were out there.

We had a rainy day this week so we decided to pretend to be a group of bears who were just waking up from their long winter hibernation. We had fun crawling around the classroom looking for a cave to make our home in and some food to eat.

To get ready for Easter, we dyed some eggs!

And we decorated our bags for our school egg hunt on Monday. I used just brown lunch bags and they decorated them with stamps and crayons. Since our egg hunt was after Easter, I made little Easter bags for my kids.

Look at these adorable little bunny baskets that another class made. So cute and so definitely stealing for next year!

Our song of the week was "Pretty Flowers" to the tune of  jingle bells.
"Pretty flowers, pretty flowers,

Growing everywhere.

Here are some pretty flowers

For your coat or hair.
Pretty flowers, pretty flowers,
Gold and pink and blue.
Red and yellow, orange and purple,

I picked them just for you!"
(C) 2001 - 2011 Jean Warren

We talked again about the color white, singing our song from this week and trying to spot things that are white in our classroom and around the school.

We talked about the shape pentagon and practiced recognizing them. I created both of this page.

When we worked on our number activities, we practiced writing the number and word for the number 24.

I made these worksheets that reinforces the one to one concept. The kids practice writing the number and have to color a square for each picture that they see.

For our letter activities, I love these pages. I meant to do one of these for each of our letter the first go-around, but I forgot. Oh well, I can always try again next year! As a small group we go over the pictures and the beginning sound of each word. The kids have to decide what starts with the letter, cut it out and glue it back on the page. We did this for the letter a and the letter b. The came from Sounds Like Fun: Phonemic Awareness.

We reviewed writing and finding the letters that we are talking about, A and B. These pages came from Letters for Little Learners.

I cut out pairs of "A" pictures and we played memory. The kids loved saying out loud the pictures of what they flipped over. I love when they are proud of themselves!

We filled a "boat" with pictures of "B" things! This came from Letter of the Week- Book 2 and was super fun.

The letter of the week books have pages that you can make a book into. I picked from both to get my "favorites". Each week, we'll work on these pages, and each child will end up with an alphabet book at the end of the year. I like to do these pages, because not only do they get more practice writing the letter, but they also have to finish the sentence on the page, which is really cool. It gets them thinking!
This week the "A" page came from Book 2,

and the "B" page came from Book 1.

The book Alphabet and Counting that we used used  to turn our letters into fun animals, also has cute little tongue twisters for each letter. I printed them large and illustrated them, then I laminated them with contact paper. Using wet erase markers, we take turns finding the letters hidden!

For our sight words, we started them! Every morning we'll go over around 10 of them. Once we've mastered them, they will go on our sight word wall! So exciting!
Here is what we have mastered so far!
(We just started!)

Speaking of sight words, from Confessions of a HomeSchooler, I got these great sight word pages. We started this week with the word "am".

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