Last week, we celebrated "Dad's Take Your Child To School" Day!
Our class had an AMAZING turn out of dads, grandpa's, and mom's who stayed to help create a hand print project with their child.
Before the parents and children came into our class, I laid out several sheets of coordinating scrapbook paper (no two were alike!). When the parents/children entered our class, we instructed each adult to trace their hand on one piece of paper and then to trace the child's hand on a different sheet of paper.
After the parents left, we cut out each hand print and assembled them, as shown below!
We also added a picture of each child and their parent/grandparent to the project. They are currently displayed in the hallway outside of our classroom. The children and parents LOVE looking at themselves and the art work they helped to create! :)
We celebrated "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" Day at school this week!
We spent the week reading "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" (as well as "Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3" and "Boom Chicka Rock") and practiced identifying all of the letters that climb the coconut tree. During small groups, the students decorated the first letter of their name, which we turned into necklaces for them to wear on "Chicka Chicka" Day.
We also made the cute hats that I saw on Pinterest from Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten. She has TONS of cute activities to go with "Chicka Chicka", so cute! Here is our try at the hats...
(Not bad for one of our first attempts at cutting this year!)
And look at the cute coconut tree displays some of the other classes made...
The first is done by Ms Kristin & Ms. Sue ~ They had their students decorate the first letter in their name and added them to their tree!
Ms. Sarah, Ms. Chrissy, and Ms. Tania made the next display ~ They took pictures of their students wearing their hats and holding up a letter card of the first letter in their name and added those to their tree.
Our Play-Doh center is easily one of my kiddo's favorite centers this year! So in honor of "National Play-Doh Day", I wanted to share with you our new Play-Doh mats!
I printed my students names in outline format on card stock with a patterned back. The kids then colored in their names any way that they wanted to during small groups. After they were finished, I laminated them for the students to use at our Play-Doh center and during small groups. I'll probably punch a hole into the corner of each mat and clip them all to a binder ring, just for easier storage when they're not using them.
Last week when I was shopping at Target, I found this little Pigeon toy in the dollar section. I was so excited because it reminded me of the pigeon from the Mo Williams series "Don't Let the Pigeon..." and I thought it would be a cute prop during our Author study.
My cat, Gizmo, had other ideas for the pigeon though. It is now his new best friend. So, I began the hunt to find another pigeon. I went to 2 different Targets (including the one where I found the 1st one) and NOTHING! I began getting very disappointed (over a pigeon, I know!) until I found....
The cutest Eric Carle, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" gear! There were little tote bags, buckets, and stuffed caterpillar toys (I bought 2 this time just in case Gizmo gets any ideas!). I contemplated buying ALL of the bags but talked myself out of it. Now I kind of want to buy a whole set for my class end of the year gifts... hhhhm :)
Here's a glimpse at my super cute bulletin board that I use for parent information...
I used pink glitter wrapping paper from Michaels, black & white polka dot border and scrapbook paper to make my flyers & newsletter stand out. Now all I need to add are some zebra print letters to spell out "Welcome!"
Thank you for visiting the first blog post of my new blog AND of the new school year!
I thought I would start things off by showing off my classroom - It's a work in progress but so far I love how it's turning out!
First off, my Meeting/Calendar Area
I was inspired this year by "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" and used a preppy Pink & Green Polka Dot theme throughout my room
A close up of left side of my board with our class schedule in the purple pocket chart, rules of the classroom, Job Helper Chart (made from an old calendar and a lot of velcro!), colors, shapes, and a place to display our letter of the week, Oh and a "Chicka Chicka" tree of course!
The next area is to the right of my dry erase board. It's basically my calendar and weather station. I made the paper to hold all of our calendar numbers to avoid having to constantly dig around daily for each number. I glued 2 pieces of green polka dot scrapbook paper together, laminated it, and added velcro (I use A LOT of velcro!)
My Word Wall is located in our library center. I used the cutest "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" border and decals (found at Target) to embellish the board (We can't use paper - fire code). I also added pink, green, and blue "poms" in the corner for added interest.
And finally... our birthday board! I used scrapbook paper to create the pattern and divide the months. Next I'll add each child's name, picture, and birth date!
Well, I hoped you enjoyed taking a sneak peak into my classroom!
Wait until you see the bulletin board outside of my class! :)