Friday, May 23, 2014

Birds and Bugs! (O, P, Q and 29)

Our theme this week was "Birds and Bugs" and we focused on the number 29, and reviewed the letters O, P and Q.

We read this week: Duck & Goose by Tad Hills
                              Duck, Duck Goose by Tad Hills
                              Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
                              Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems
                              The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems

Our question of the week was "If you were a bird, where would you fly to?"

For our theme of the week, searched the skies for birds and the ground for bugs!.

Hand-print Bumblebees are the perfect way to celebrate bugs (they are my absolute favorite!). I found this project right here! I modified the project so my kids could draw a background and scenery, but cutting them out and putting them around the classroom would be super cute as well.

How about a hand-print bird as well? We used feathers to make them fancy and even gave them a nest out of ripped up lunch bags!

We wrote in our journals about what kind of bug it would be the best to be!

Our song of the week was "The Itsy Bitsy Spider!". 

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

The class also worked on their writing of the number and the word for 29.

For our letter activities, we reviewed writing and finding the letters that we are talking about; O, P, and Q. These pages came from Letters for Little Learners.

The kids made a really cute book from  Letters for Little Learners. about the things that an Octopus can sit on. My class enjoys working on projects that they can all do together at tables and at their own pace.

The letter of the week books have pages that you can make into a book. I picked from both to get my "favorites". Each week, we work on some of these pages, and each child at the end will have an alphabet book. 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 "O" page came from Letter if the Week: Book 2, the "P" page came from Book 2, and the "Q" page came from Book 1.

From the book Alphabet on Parade I got the idea to give my kids "P Riddles" to solve. I gave them a clue like, "What is black and white and lives where it's cold? A penguin!" This was a lot of fun. They even carried on with this during lunch and tried to make riddles for each other to solve.

Also from Alphabet on Parade We talked about different animals and whether they were "Quick or Quiet". It's so fun to see and hear your class/child really thinking through something, and even defending their opinions!

We also worked more on recognizing our review letters in the tongue twisters from Alphabet and Counting. We used this book to turn our letters into fun animals, but on the pages is also a little tongue twister. I printed it large and made a picture, then laminated them with contact paper. Using wet erase markers, we take turns finding the letters that are hidden!

We kept working on our sight words! Every morning we go over around 10 of them. Once we've mastered them, they will go on our sight word wall! So exciting! We're working our way through the 220 Dolch sight word list.
Here is what we have mastered so far! 

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

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