Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Colors! (O, P &Q, 30)

The theme for the third week of May was "Colors!". Since we finished our Letter of the Week study, we are now reviewing our letters! This week we reviewed letters O, P & Q and continued our number study with the number 30!
This week we readMix it Up! by Herve Tullet
                                        Roy G. Biv Is Mad At Me Because I Love Pink by Nancy Guettier
                                        The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Dewalt
                                        The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
                                        Little Green Peas by Keith Baker
Our question of the week was "What color is your house?"

For the number of the week:30 we started off by counting to and backward from thirty. They love doing this every day and when we get to the end of counting backward, they all scream blast off!! ;) The kids also practiced writing the number and word for thirty. 

When I started in my class, I found a page like this from education.com, so I made my own for the number 30. The children have to practice writing the number and then color in that number of squares. It's a great way to introduce graphing and helps them to work on their one-to-one correspondence.                    

For our theme "Colors",  had a lot of fun playing around with colors. Check out our sensory table!

The children did a really cool science experiment where we used the primary colors in water to create the secondary colors. Then they had fun trying to create their own colors!

We sang "Great Big Rainbow" to the tune of I'm a little Teapot.
(C) Jean Warren www.preschoolexpress.com

Coloring outside on the sidewalk with chalk was super fun!

We played Color Cat Memory, which was a lot of fun. I have loved playing memory ever since I was little!

Using the letter clues in the picture's key, we colored a picture of a clown. This came from the Ultimate Skill Builder.

The children used dot painters to make their own Rainbow Fish!

In their journals, they wrote about their favorite color.

I found little water guns at the dollar store, and I immediately thought "ART PROJECT!" I filled them with liquid watercolor paint, and cut out rectangles of poster board where I wrote each child's name. I rigged them so that they hung between two chairs, and we went outside to squirt gun paint. It was so fun, and they turned out so cool!

While reviewing the letters O, P, and Q, we are really focusing on practicing writing, having good control over letter formation, and having a solid knowledge of the letter sounds.

My children that are moving on to kindergarten next year, are working on sight words and this worksheet from Confessions of a Homeschooler are amazing! They challenge the children to think of the word in a new way and get creative. This week they worked on the word "please".

I created envelope games for each letter of the alphabet that we played the first way through the alphabet. My children that are staying with me another year played these again to work on their letter sounds.

We reviewed writing and finding the letters that we are talking about, O, P and Q. The pages for my younger group came from Letters for Little Learners, and I found these more advanced worksheets for my older children from education.com.

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!

On their own, they searched for the letters as well!

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!

There is a 15-20 minute span of time while the children are waking up from our rest time and afternoon snack. During this time, we talk about what they will be doing in the afternoon with their afternoon teacher, and what we did in the morning. We also spend some time learning about animals through videos. This week we watched about the ostrich, opossum, otter, orangutan, one and two octopus, one and two ocelot. Pig, puffin, porcupine, polar bearplatypus, pangolin, penguin one and two. Pelican, peacock, parrot, panther one and two, quokka one and two.

I made an "I have, who has" game filled with O, P and Q things. I love this game because once it starts, the children completely direct it. I love seeing them help each other and play with each other.

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