Saturday, 29 April 2017

Vowel Pairs

When teaching vowel pairs to my older children, I use this little poem...

When two vowels go out to play
The first vowel leads the way!

I created this worksheet for a quick reference and reminder sheet.  I hope you find it useful.
The free vowel clipart can be downloaded here.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Animal Themes

It`s been awhile since I blogged our activities.  We had such a mild winter here in Southern Ontario and I enjoyed every minute of it.  The children did miss their snow play, but I didn`t miss the bitter cold that we usually have in February!  We explored animal themes - Pets, Farm, and Zoo during the month.


My crew is REALLY into puppets at the moment so we made cat and dog puppets.  We read the story of The Big Meow by Elizabeth Spires and the children used the puppets to retell the story.  They drew a picture of their favourite pet and fingerpainted mud on Harry the Dirty Dog.

For more ideas, see my February 2013 Pet Week activities.

Farm Animals

The children really enjoyed our unit on farm animals.

We made construction paper pig faces.

We made these adorable felt money purse piggy banks.

And created handprint sheep by stamping handprints onto paper and then adding stuffing for wool and a small googly eye.

For more ideas, see my March 2013 Farm activities.

Zoo Animals

We completed our animal unit with zoo animals.

I found this adorable giraffe craft on the net.  We rolled yellow bristle board into a cone then cut the bottom even so the giraffe would stand.  The children glued on brown spots then we stapled a face to the cone.

I used this colouring page to create the heads.

We dipped string into black paint and created tiger stripes on orange paper.

Use these templates to create your own zoo.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Dairy Free Peanut Butter Cookies

I have two in my group who are lactose intolerant and baked up this batch of peanut butter cookies.  This is a picture of the family plate - the ones for the kids are minus the milk chocolate chips.  My daughter who isn't usually a fan of peanut butter cookies told me they taste like a chewy peanut butter cup!

Butter Free Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2  teaspoons vanilla
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon warm water
milk chocolate chips (optional)

Cream together the peanut butter, eggs, sugars, and vanilla.  Add in the flour and baking powder and mix until well blended.  Mix in the warm water and mix thoroughly.  Stir in the chocolate chips if you are using them.  Drop by tablespoons onto a lightly greased cookie sheet (I know you don't usually grease for peanut butter cookies, but these ones will stick if you don't!)  Bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees.  ENJOY!!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Community Helpers

We had a great time with this unit.  While learning about police officers and fire fighters, we reviewed emergency procedures, calling 911, and the older children reviewed their addresses and phone numbers.

I printed the police hat template onto blue construction paper.  I copied the badge and printed them separately adding Officer (child's name) onto the badge.  The children painted them and when dry, they glued them onto the hat.

The children painted a paper plate that I cut to create a fire fighters hat.

I used this template and had the children paint the outfit.  I took a picture of each child and printed it off on my b/w laser printer.  The older children made flames in which to tell their story.  They were super cute as our wall display for community helpers!

Fireman Fred

Fireman Fred is a really fine fellow
Oh, Fireman Fred
Fireman Fred is dressed in yellow
Oh, Fireman Fred
He goes up and he goes down
Puts the fire out of town
Fireman Fred is a really fine fellow
Oh Fireman Fred.

We turned the dramatic play area into a Doctor's office and Vets office by adding medical kits dolls and stuffed animals.  We listened to our hearts beat using a real stethescope.  The children listened before gross motor activity time and right after doing some cardio exercises.  The children acted out the song Miss Polly during circle time using props.

Miss Polly

Miss Polly had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick
So she called for the doctor to come quick, quick, quick
The doctor came with his bag and his hat
And he knocked on the door
With a rat, tat, tat
He looked at the dolly and he shook his head
And he said, "Miss Polly put her straight to bed"
He wrote on a paper for a pill, pill, pill
I'll be back in the morning with my bill, bill, bill.

The older children drew pictures of what they wanted to be when they grew up.  I had 2 wanna-be police officers and a teacher.  Our future is in great hands :)!

Monday, 19 December 2016

Merry Christmas

I cannot believe that Santa arrives in just 5 days!!  We have been very busy making our gifts for the parents.  This year I did a photo shoot with the kids and we created Photo Wreaths.  They turned out FAB-U-LOUS!  The picture truly does not do them justice :).

We made handprint reindeer cards to go with the gift.  They turned out SUPER cute as well.

We have been enjoying many holiday inspired crafts which I unfortunately did not get pictures of due to being super busy with my crew.  We made fingerprint candy cane pictures, holiday colours cut and paste pictures, holiday fun foam pictures, popsicle stick Rudolph ornaments, snowflake ornaments, and many more.

Enjoy the holidays with your family and friends!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

5 Senses

November was 5 senses month.  Please check out my previously posted activities that I incorporated with my new group.

November 2012

December 2012

Do You Hear What I Hear?

This week we have enjoyed activities planned around our sense of hearing.  Children enjoyed making instruments. 

The Den Den Drums were a huge hit.  The only thing I did differently, was add a colourful mini jingle bell to the end after the beads on either side... added a nice additional sound to the instrument.   

We also made Pringles can shaker drums.  We added macaroni (you can use rice, but we wanted a louder sound... popcorn kernals work well, but I was out of those) to the inside of the can and a balloon to the open top... the balloon slips on easily on this sized can.  We then decorated the can with construction paper.  I added an elastic over the balloon to secure it and then the children glued their decorative strip over that.  We finished it all off by adding foamie stickers.  They enjoyed drumming the beat on the balloon and of course shaking to make extra noise.  The only thing I would do differently is collect the mini Pringles cans ahead of time... I think they would make a nicer size for the instrument.

Here are some songs we enjoyed at circle time...

Did You Ever Hear (Sung To: Did You Ever See A Lassie?")

Did you ever hear a whistle, a whistle, a whistle
Did you ever hear a whistle
It sounds like this
(whistle sound)
Did you ever hear the wind blow, the wind blow, the wind blow
Did you ever hear the wind blow
It sounds like this
(blowing wind sound)
Did you ever hear fingers snapping, fingers snapping, fingers snapping
Did you ever hear fingers snapping
It sounds like this
(snapping sound)

Stop and Listen
~Charlotte Diamond~

Slightly off topic, but I just have to say that I absolutely LOVE Charlotte Diamond and have several of her cd's.  I was so happy to have found her when my daughter was in the early grades of French Immersion - it was great to have some fun French cd's to listen to! If you are looking at expanding your children's music library, I highly recommend her cd's. 

Using the sound files from GRSites Free Sound Effects Archive, we played 'What's That Sound?' and I also created a lotto game (can also be played as a Bingo game) where the children had to listen to the sounds to cover their cards.  Unfortunately,  I cannot share the game due to the TOU on some of the images I used, but you can visit the sound site, pick your sound clips, and then match images from the net to create your own Sound Lotto or Sound Bingo game.

Always fun to watch the Sesame Street characters and here is their rendition of  I Am A Fine Musician.

Last, but not least, we explored our collection of musical instruments - playing the different instruments, listening to the sounds, and creating a band.