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 :)!