Thursday, December 26, 2013


Last year my class opened at the end of November. We did not really have a curriculum at the time, so all activities were planned according the my kiddos IEP goals and the CA preschool Foundations. So we made a LOT of crafts. Everything had a purpose and a reason and was appropriate for my students. Now this year we have the Handwritting Without Tears curriculum and we do a HWT activity everyday, the other center is a speech center so is either form the Language and Literature HWT curriculum book or related to the letter of the week (or a review of the letters we have done) or from the book we are reading, so that only leaves one center for a craft/fine motor activity.
Last school year my walls were covered on awesome crafts at the end of the theme, this year not so much. SO now in the morning during our 30 min free play we have a table set up with a craft. It has been great to get the kiddos do a fun art activity in the morning and they are turning out GREAT.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Holiday theme....

The theme for December is "Holidays" but really is just Christmas. 
We have been talking about the color red and gree. The shape has been the triangle. The books have carried from some Christmas books to the Mat man shapes book from hand writing without tears curriculum. 

These are the activities we have done. 

Trees - the first day the kiddos cut the triangles. We prove by gluing the triangles on the paper then the kiddos glued the trunk and the tissue paper. We worked on shapes, cutting, requesting more, attending, squishing (glue bottle), and taking turns 

Christmas trees - on the first day the kiddos painted the plates green, the next day they cut the plates into four, the following day they decorated the trees. We only used three to make trees on the wall. We worked on the color green, triangle shapes, colors for the dot markers, star shape, taking turns, requesting, attending. 

Stockings - in the morning (during free time) the kiddos painted the stocking red then after snack (it was WAY too cold to go out and play this week) they glued the cotton balls and used glitter for their initials.

Ruddolf - first daysthe kiddos painted the plates and did hand prints, we prep by cutting the hand prints, the next day the kiddos glued the nose and the eyes and drew a mouth. We worked on the color brown, sang the Ruddolf song, worked on sensory by touching the paint for hand prints and following directions and attending

Santa - day one painted the plates red ( morning activity), during a center the kiddos put the Santa together gluing the beard and putting the hat together, saw Ella's. The face. We worked on the color red, following directions, asking for help, and taking turns 

Ginger bread man - one morning the kiddos painted the plates and during a center they put it together. They look awesome and theya re so big. We worked on colors, sizes (the plate and the head/ big and little), counting the Pom pons, what you need for the face (two eyes, a nose, and a mouth) 

More gingerbread men - these ones we made one morning, the sample was from Target $1 bin and we just made a couple extras for all the kiddos 

For Parents - the kiddos made a Ruddolf and a Santa hat ornament but we also made mistletoes. They came out super cute. They will be laminated and sew ill use a hot glue to put ribbon in the back for hanging. The kids LOVEd having their feet painted with a paintbrush!!!

Happy holidays everyone!!!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

I am Thankful for….

I am very Thankful to have such an amazing job that I love so much. 
I love getting up in the morning and knowing that I will see "my" kiddos. 
They brighten my day, put a smile on my face, and even on the hardest days they make me love every experience and they help me grown personally and professionally.
I am also very Thankful for the wonderful staff in my class and the amazing team I get the honor to work with.

The week before Thanksgiving we worked on some Indian hats and Turkeys.
We were very lucky to have the whole week of Thanksgiving off and I am looking forward to see the kiddos on Monday. 

What I am Thankful for turkey. We practice colors and letter sounds.

Hand-print turkey we practice making a choice and color

Indian hats. We practiced colors and cutting 

We mixed paint and shaving cream, played with it for a little then placed the paper upside down pressed it and using a Popsicle stick took the extra shaving cream off

Friday we changed the classroom boards from Farm to Christmas. Before everything was taken off I was able to take a picture

Sunday, November 17, 2013

farm farm farm…….

The past few weeks we have been doing farm activities.
Besides our crafts we follow the Handwritng Without Tears curriculum and do math, literature, and readiness for kinder as well. We also work on a letter a  week, we are putting together a letter book to go home at the end of the year along with the letter sound song.
I am putting the lion on (it can be used for L for lion or zoo or jungle theme but I think it came out pretty cute)
Next week we will be making turkey hats turkeys, and owls to finish our farm/fall theme. We have all of thanksgiving week off (follow my other blog for fun crafts I will be doing at home with my boys as well as some fun DIY ideas for teachers, friend for Thanksgiving and Xmas:

We made pigs in the mud.
for prep we cut pink pigs
we used brown paint (I have used actual mud or paint with shaving cream and glue, i have a few kiddos that eat everything so I keep it simple this time around)
the kiddos used a wooden block with rubber bands as a stamp
they glued the yes and we drew the snout once the paint had dried
we talked about colors, counted legs and ears

Paper bag cow
we cut all the parts of the cow and had ready fro them to complete
we talked about colors and shapes (circles and ovals) s well as what we get from cows (milk that as far as we went)

L is for Lion
these came out super cute!!!!
we talked about the letter L and what other words starts with L as well as colors and how many eyes

We read Hens New Pens this past two weeks so we made hens.
I know they look like roasters but they look like the hen in the book
we used paper plates, hand cut off (I have used feathers previous years)
we related the activity to our book (in the book the Hen likes draw and ends up drawing on all the eggs, a different day the kiddos drew on the eggs)

we made sheep using paper plates and cotton balls
talked about opposite colors, white and black, as well as soft (the cotton balls) and hard (the table)

 Turkey hand prints
we made some turkeys for our hand print book but i figure we would make some for our farm board as well and they turn out cute.

All ideas were found on pinterets

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Halloween week....

We made candy corn...
We worked on colors white, yellow, and orange
They looked great hanging from the ceiling.

We made mummies using medical tape (dollar store)
They came out super cute.
I cut the pieces of tape and the kiddos had to place them on the mummy face. It was hard for them as the tape got stuck to their hands and fingers 

We made skeletons
Using q-tips
we counted how many q-tips we placed

We made spider trick or treat bags
First we painted the plates blacks
Then we cut the legs
then we glues (then stapled) the legs, added eyes, and a mouth.
I made the puppet holder look like a spider web and placed all the spiders there

We read "Go Away Big Green Monster"
We talked about all the parts of the monster face

We made monsters out of different shapes
the kiddos placed as many eyes as they wanted
we talked about the shapes and colors

We made Jack - o -Lanterns
We did not get big real pumpkins (just little ones) but this $1 stickers from Target were great for the paper cut off. I got different designs 
the kiddos got to choose what face they wanted
placed it on the pumpkin and then use a pipe cleaner for the vine

I have to say our class looked super cute (not scary) for our Halloween party.

Thanks Pinterest for the great ideas

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

shape book....

Matthew brought home a great shape book.
I typed the shape poems, and we are doing the shape for the theme. He also brought home a color one but we have not started working on that one yet.
Below are the pictures. If you are interested in any of the books shown in the blog please email me with the title of the book in the heading and I will send it to you.


I feel very lucky to be able to apply for two grants during the school year. Once in the Fall and once in the Spring. This fall I got some manipulatives, puzzles, Handwriting Without Treas materials, books. So far the kiddos both in the class and itinerant are benefiting from it.

literacy activities......

Our amazing SLP does our literacy activity every other week. Two weeks ago we made a leaf man after we read Leaf Man for two weeks. 
it was  great activity and the kids did a great job. 

Today they did the Pooh and the Falling Leaves activity. Those also came out super cute.
Thanks Terry for sharing the with me so many years ago.

The kids are doing great with our literacy activities. I love seen how they begin to love books. 


A few weeks ago we made a scarecrow.
I got a set of 12 from Oriental Trading. this was great as all the parts were ready just to but together.

I did but the hair, hat and flower together. The kids had to glue everything on the plate. 

The turned out super cute and look great on our farm board.