Sunday, April 1, 2012

I've been so Busy!

This blog became neglected this past month & I am so sorry! Things have been super busy in our classroom since I last posted! Our student teacher, Ms. Tammy continued to take over more and more in the classroom and then completed 2 weeks of solo teaching!

I have now taken back over teaching & am so excited!'s hard to let go of your classroom as a teacher, but such a great experience having a student teacher!

Here are some photos of different games & activities we enjoyed this week:

Playing a shape game!

Chicks in our water table! Look at the number on the container to see how many to put inside!

Bet you'll never guess what is in the bottles! It was so neat!

Making a paper plate bunny!

Some really neat block building this week!

Re-creating our messages board in the writing area!

On Friday we read "The Carrot Seed" and made our own carrot pictures of carrots growing in the dirt. I forgot pics of us working hard on our pictures, but will get a picture of the final product for you!

We have school 4 days this week before spring break starts on Friday! Woo hoo!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The last few weeks!

We have been staying busy in room B4! I can't wait for you to see the valentine's the kiddos will be bringing home to you this week! :)

I recently upload the February Calendar onto the blog (I know it's a little late) and your January newsletter will be coming home this week. I apologize for that being late!

Check out the photos below to see what all we have been up to, to keep busy!

Exercising with Morris!

Penguins playing in the "ice" at the sensory table.

Making Penguins with the letter 'P'

Sorting gummy bears by colors!

"Analyzing" our data by counting each color and making sentence. We even read our sentences too!
I'm so excited for our fun with hearts and Valentine's day this week! I will hopefully be back on schedule with posting pictures!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Snow & Snowman Fun!

Last week we enjoy snow and snowman activities. Now, if we could only get some REAL snow, we'd have one super happy teacher! :)

We talked about the letter 'Ss', the sound it makes, and different words that start with the letter S. We had fun doing some button counting with snowman pictures, making letters with magnet pieces, playing with "snow" (shaving cream) at the sensory table, selling and buy ice cream in our ice cream shop, and the biggest hit...SNOWMAN BOWLING.

At this rate, we could be snowman bowling well into March! This week & next week we will be doing Penguins! This is the first time I have a done a penguin unit so I am looking forward to it!

Ms. Tammy is slowly starting to teach! YAY! She did calendar & greeting time on Friday and did a great job! She will take over calendar this week, and plan a large group activity for us! :) We can't wait to see what she has planned for us!

Check out the photos below for some of the fun things we did last week!

Almost a strike!

Marble run is still a hit!

Working hard to stack those pins!

Practicing fine motor skills with q-tip painting!

Making letters & recording them!

What fun we had in the "snow"!

Making a cotton ball snowman!

Working hard to put 1 cotton ball in each circle.

Miss Blecki's favorite...marshmallow snowmen!!

The kids did great with this! This is not a quick project! :)
Be sure to stop back in on Sunday *hopefully* to check out some new updated pictures! Please remember: NO SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAY JANUARY 25 & FRIDAY JANUARY 27!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

We're Back!

Our first week back from Winter Break seemed to fly by! I was so proud of all the students and how well behaved they were coming back from having 12 days off of school! They went right back into our routine with a few reminders here and there. Excellent job! Very proud of them all! We have also welcomed our new student teacher, Ms. Tammy!

We have added a science area and a math area to our center choices. While we do math and science activities during other parts of our day, Miss Blecki felt that we didn't do enough. So I will now be planning specific activities for them at center time. You will soon see these new areas included on our daily sheets.

Here's a look at all the fun we had our first week back!

Fine motor practice! Adding marshmallows to the hot chocolate cups!

Getting ready for winter with hats and gloves!

Playing with the farm animals in the toy area!

They set up a picnic and brought over all of the items they needed!

Looking for letters on snowflakes.

Making cups of hot chocolate! Brown paint mix with hot chocolate mix!

More marshmallow counting!

Marble run- a new toy out for the first time!

Checking out the magnetic bottles!

Watch the pipe cleaners move up and down with the magnets!

Writing the letters we find!
This week we will be doing snow & snowman activities. This is our only 5 day week in the month of January! Please be sure to make additional day care arrangements for  Friday January 27th if need be! There is NO PRE-K that day!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Polar Express & Pajama Day!

Have I mentioned yet that pajama day is one of my favorite days of the year? I love getting to wear my pajamas to work and the kids seem to have so much fun with it too! They get good giggles out of seeing their teachers in their pajamas!

We got to enjoy hot chocolate, popcorn, and cookies on our pajama day, all while watching the polar express! I was able to snag a few photos from our PJ day. I swear I would still forget to take photos if the camera was glued to my hand!

When we come back on January 3rd we will be enjoying a week of winter activities, then move on to snow, snowmen, & penguins! Miss Blecki can't wait! Hopefully the kiddos are excited too! I hope you all have a wonderful & safe holiday break! :) See you in the New Year!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Gingerbread Activities

I can't believe we are so close to Christmas break! We have a short week this week and lots of fun planned with our pajama and Polar Express day! And I hope the students are as excited to bring home their gift to you as I am! :)

Before I share with you pictures from this week (although I don't have as many as I wish I did...what else is new?!) I want to share with you the pictures from our monster activities that I promised!

Our monster glyphs--
shape= boy or girl
color= favorite color
eyes= do you like monsters? yes-4 no-1
spots= how old you are

This past week was spent doing gingerbread activities. We got to on a scavenger hunt for gingerbread cookies after reading The Gingerbread Man. That sneaky guy left us clues all over the school, starting in the back of the book! We also had a gingerbread house in our house area. We could put out cookies and milk, or decorate the Christmas tree while inside the house.

I love how this  turned out! And the students all followed directions so well with it! It was super simple for me to make. It's a $5 brown twin bed sheet from walmart, white & red duck tape and everything is hot glued on! So simple.

We had gingerbread mix in our sensory table. It smells sooooo good!

We decorated gingerbread men at the art table too. If you have never mixed shaving cream with Elmer's glue before, you HAVE got to try it! It is SO cool. And it dries puffy just like it looks when you put it on!

And last but not least, on Friday, after Santa's workshop, we did a fun christmas tree activity and a fun snowman activity. Our snowmen are going to take DAYS to dry! Hopefully the weekend did them good & they will be dry in time to take home on Tuesday or Wednesday!

They had to size sequence the green tree pieces and then used q-tips to add snow. I LOVE how these turned out & how unique each one is!

And here are our snowmen! I can't wait for you to see the finished product when the students bring them home! (Sorry for the silly angle on the photo. I took it upside down & then flipped it on the computer!)

And I almost forgot! Check out our door with all of our gingerbread men the students brought in! A few more were brought in after I snapped this photo so I apologize if you don't see your child's gingerbread man! :) I love this activity! I love seeing what you all come up with!

I hope to get in another post this week after our pajama day fun! Stay tuned! :)