We met our Elf this week! Before the elf got here, we watched a movie so we could be sure to know why the elf doesn't move (we have to believe in his magic, he can't make us believe), we cant touch him or it takes his magic and he has to go to the elf hospital, and we have to name him.
We came up with some names for the elf and then voted on them. The morning class came up with a list and voted on it. The afternoon class added to the list and then voted. Turns out, we had a tie, so the PM class had to do a tie breaker. They voted again but they could only choose between the tied ones. We had a good lesson in sometimes our vote doesn't win but that is the way it is and the decision that is made.
We started our winter weeks with a gingerbread walk. Students had to work on their fine motor skills of coloring a shape in all the way, counting numbers in order, recognizing numbers in print, and following directions. They did very well and I can tell we are making a lot of growth in our counting, number recognition, and fine motor skills/coloring!
Students are encouraged to use the writing center by writing letters to Santa Claus. Santa the elf takes them back to Santa Claus every night!
New discovery center includes recognizing the number on the snowman's hat, using the pinchers to take that many blue blocks out of the bin and putting them on the Snowman.
We have a fireplace and a tree put up in our dramatic play center for the kids to decorate and play like they are getting ready for the holidays. Both the AM and PM have been decorating and we have 2 weeks left. They can make the decorations in art center.
New game in Puzzles and games is rolling a dice and graphing how many times they get the particular winter clothes pictures.
Another new game is building a snow man. The bottom is capital letters, the middle/arms is the lower case letter and the head and hat has a picture that starts with that letter sound.
Wednesday in class we sewed our stockings closed for St. Nick. The sewing helped us to follow directions and use our fine motor skills. They wrote their names on them as well. Names are looking really great!
|painting with elbows!|
Each week we watch letter videos from "Have Fun Teaching" and the students are really picking up the names of letters, formations, and the sounds of letters. Check out these videos with you child! Click HERE.
The Tuesday project of letter of the week is to decorate a letter with something that starts with the letter. This week we decorated the letter E with elbows in eggy colored paint. On Thursday, our letter of the week project was to read a page from our alphabet book, E is for Elephant.
Students also do a maze of the letter helping get from one object to another starting with that letter, find and color all of the letter, color a page of something that starts with that letter, and make a crown at the end of the week to be the Kings and Queens of the letter!
We also do a handwriting sheet. This is important because writing the letters correctly helps with efficiency as well as learning cursive down the line. We ALWAYS START AT THE TOP. Please encourage students to write the letter correctly!
Letter of the Week: Ss
AM Snack: Bonnet
PM Snack: Stapp