Tot Preschool Week 26: All About Numbers

Welcome to the world of numbers! This week, the kids and I explored the world of numbers in various ways. We worked on number recognition, formation, counting, practiced skip counting, play fun math games, and so much more. Jack, Lyanna, and James worked so hard this week with this concept, but they also worked on their handwriting skills, letter recognition, basic reading skills, and fine motor skills. Here is what Week 26 looked like for us:

Special Note: You may notice that our classroom is starting to look a little bare. We are currently in the process of packing up our home and moving! We’ll have to get a bit more creative over the next few months as we juggle our move and our school days. 

Letter of the Day: All
Shape of the Week: Diamond
Storytime: ” Chicka Chicka 123 ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Mystery Letter Box With Dry Erase Boards ( We’ll be starting the alphabet over again next week, so this week is all about free choice! The kids get to select a random letter magnet out of our mystery box. This random letter will be the letter that they get to practice writing. I try to incorporate some type of letter formation review each day and this is a fun way for us to change up this time and keep it fresh for the kids. )

3. Short E Pocket Chart Activity

4. Daily ASL ( ” Walk “, ” Sit”, ” Hot ” , and ” Cold ” )

Concept Activity:

Missing Numbers Number Line ( The kids and I have been working with number lines for quite some time now, but I thought this activity would be a great way to open our days all about numbers. Together, the kids and I figure out what numbers are missing from our number lines. I make some “mistakes” in my number writing and try to get them to direct me to the correct answer and formations. )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. ” How Many Cubes ?”  Measuring Activity ( We dipped into the world of measuring this morning with this fun and interactive measuring activity! Using unifex cubes, the kids took turns being measured by their friends. Once they were complete, we counted how many cubes each person was, and then compared these numbers after logging them into our activity chart.

Once we were done measuring ourselves, each child picked one item from around our room to measure next. Together, we measured each item using our cubes and then compared these measurements as well.

We determined that James was the biggest ( tallest ) item we measured today, while our giraffe figurine was the smallest ( shortest )!

3. Free Exploration ( During our ” Free Exploration ” time today, the kids and I played different math games that we have in our classroom. We also played games that weren’t math related, but turned them into an opportunity for us to incorporate numbers into them. We counted pieces, searched for numbers, and talked about biggest and smallest numbers. We are taking full advantage of this theme this week to keep numbers on our minds! )

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are the journal entries we made for today. )

Free Play / Craft:

Growing Caterpillars ( To end our first day of exploring numbers, the kids used their thumbprints and an ink pad to create these slowly growing caterpillar pictures. Using colored price stickers, I created the templates for this activity by adding ten stickers with cute bug faces!

One by one, each caterpillar grew as we worked our way down our sheet of paper. This project is incredibly simple, but it gives the kids a fun way to practice counting, while also being hands on and creative in the process. )

Letter of the Day: All
Shape of the Week: Diamond
Storytime: ” 10 Black Dots ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Mystery Letter Box With Dry Erase Boards

3. Short E Pocket Chart Activity

4. Daily ASL ( Review Day ! )

Concept Activity:

Missing Numbers Number Line 

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Center: My Numbers Books ( We’ll be working on these number books throughout this week. I created these books for the kids as a keepsake for them to take home after our week of numbers! Each page features a number for them to practice writing, put in a tens frame, and create a picture with that number of items. )

3. Counting to 10 Counters  ( During our Centers time today, Jack and Lyanna created their very own pony bead counters! These counters can be used for simple counting practice, but they also double as a way for the kids to practice basic addition and subtraction.

Using a thick piece of scrapbooking paper, pipe cleaners, pony beads, and a hole puncher, we created the counters in less than 5 minutes! First, you want to cut your piece of paper to be small enough to easily hold in your hands. Next, use your hole puncher to make two holes at opposite ends of your paper. Place 10 beads on your pipe cleaner and then thread the pipe cleaner through your holes. We twisted our pipe cleaners together on the back of our paper to get them to stay together.

Once our counters were complete and put together, we used dice to give us numbers to work with. We first rolled the dice to determine how many beads we wanted to slide over to the other end of our pipe cleaners. We then counted the remaining beads to determine how much more we would need to get to 10. This is a great activity to get kids hands on in their learning and working with numbers. They get a chance to see all of the various ways they can get to 10 using these counters. )

4. 10’s Frame Apple Trees ( Jack and Lyanna have used these tens frames sheets for a while now and they actually love to use them over and over again. We originally printed these off over the summer from Life Over C’s. You can get this free printable here! These sheets are originally intended to be used a playdough mats, but we also use our with counting chips. )

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are the entries we made for today in our journals. )

Free Play / Craft:

Free Play 

Letter of the Day: All
Shape of the Week: Diamond
Storytime: ” There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Rose ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Mystery Letter Box With Dry Erase Boards ( Each morning, I am always so proud of the kids’ progress and how amazing they are. They try, each and every morning, to write their letters to the best of their abilities. Without fail, each and every morning, I see their determination to be better than they were yesterday and how proud they are of themselves with their final result. The pride themselves on holding up their best work and don’t hesitate to erase and try again. SO proud of these guys ! )

3.Short E Pocket Chart Activity

4. Daily ASL ( Today, we worked on ” short “, ” tall “, ” small “, and ” big “. )

Concept Activity:

Math Towers ( To start another day in the world of numbers, the kids and I used unifex cubes to build number towers. I gave them each a number of cubes to gather and they then created their tower with that amount of cubes. We talked about which tower ( number ) was the biggest and what tower ( number ) was the smallest. This simple activity is a wonderful way to create a visual of value. )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Heart Edition Math Mats ( Since today is Valentine’s Day, our Centers time today featured this heart themed math game. I created this mat for the kids by simply drawing a heart, dividing it into 2 halves, and creating a template for our equation.

We took turns placing chips are either side of our heart, totaling our chips, and writing these numbers into our equation. These kids are 3 years old and already working with equations! We’ve been trying to get a little addition practice each week with simple games and activities that exposes us to the vocabulary and process of this concept. The excitement of using our dry erase markers doesn’t hurt either 🙂 . )

3. Writing Center: Valentine’s Day Cards ( Well, it IS Valentine’s Day! How could we not do cards ?! )

4. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are the journal entries we made for today. )

Free Play / Craft:

I Love You To Pieces Heart Activity ( To end our Valentine’s Day, we put together these cute pictures for our families. I wrote out the templates for this activity and then used red and pink construction paper and glue sticks to fill in our hearts.

We tore up our construction paper into small pieces for us to use in our hearts. Since our focus is on numbers this week, we couldn’t help but sneak in a little counting throughout these craft. The kids counted their pieces as they added them to their papers. What a cute keepsake! )

Letter of the Day: All
Shape of the Week: Diamond
Storytime: ” 5 Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Mystery Letter Box With Dry Erase Boards

3. Short E Pocket Chart Activity

4. Daily ASL ( Review Day! )

Concept Activity:

Numbers Ice Cream Cones ( For this activity, I first created 10 circles on a piece of paper. Each circle is to represent a different number and a scoop of ice cream for our number ice cream cones. After writing the numbers, 1 to 10, on each circle, the kids then colored each scoop of ice cream. Once this portion was complete, we cut out our circles and began to glue them, in order, on top of our cone. We assembled our number cones on a piece of construction paper. )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Writing Center: My Numbers Books ( We completed our numbers books today! Our books feature numbers 1 to 10. For each page, the kids wrote the number, displayed it in a 10s frame, and then drew that amount of any given item. For example, our #5 page features the number 5, 5 in a tens frame, and 5 apples. I created these books for the kids to complete using plain white paper, construction paper, and markers. If creating your own books isn’t your thing, here is a link to a number book from A Kinder Teacher Life that you can easily print off! )

3. Roll It, Write It Mats ( Our Roll It, Write It mats are one of our favorite number work activities! Jack and Lyanna have been working with these mats for months and are always exciting to play with them. I found these mats from Teachers Pay Teachers and you can click here to get yours. I laminated ours so that we could continue to use them over and over again.

This time, we used one of our new dice sets that feature the numbers, rather than dice. Normally, the kids use a regular set of dice to play this game, as the first block asks them to draw the dots that they see. We changed up this aspect a little today just to make it new and fresh for our numbers week. )

4. Playdough Play ( Here we are getting in a little fine motor skills practice, while also using our giant tub of playdough and tools! )

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are the journal entries we made for today. )

Free Play / Craft:

Dot Markers Tens Frames ( Our day ended with the kids wanting to use the dot markers. I created these tens frame sheets for them to complete before we had free choice with our markers. Jack and Lyanna decided how many dots they wanted in each of their frames and then, we wrote that number beside each frame. A simple project like this allows for a quick practice with tens frames, but also with counting and number formation. )

Letter of the Day: All
Shape of the Week: Diamond
Storytime: ” 123 Peas ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Mystery Letter Box With Dry Erase Boards

3. Short E Pocket Chart Activity

4. Daily ASL ( Today, we continued our ASL journey by working with ” please “, ” sorry “, ” stop “, and ” share “. )

Concept Activity:

Number Sticker Mats ( Using stickers, markers, and plain white paper, the kids and I created this simple, yet fun, math activity. First, I drew 5 circles, varying in size. The kids determined how many stickers they wanted in each circle. They then counted how many stickers in each circle and wrote that amount. )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Dice Game ( This dice set is amazing! We bought this set a few months ago and we have used pieces from it almost daily. The dice from this set are versatile and we have enjoyed using them! For example, one of the die features numbers 1 to 3, which is perfect for us in this age group and skill level. This set comes with a bag from storage and easy travel, as well as a playing mat for a game. Today, the kids and used this mat to work with counting. )

3. Playdough Play

4. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are the entries we made for today in our journals. )

Free Play / Craft:

Free Choice Friday  !

And that concludes another week in our classroom! As usually, Jack, Lyanna, and James worked incredibly hard this week and are so proud of their progress. We had lots of fun working with numbers, but also loved enjoying each other’s company during our play time. James is a wonderful addition to our classroom and we just love having him around to learn and play with! Next week, the kids and I will be exploring amphibians and reptiles. Wish me luck! 🙂

Brittany XOXO

Tot Preschool Week 25: All Around The World ( Part 3 )

This week is our 3rd and final week of our ” All Around The World ” unit. The kids and I have traveled to and explored different countries, while also continuing to work on letter formation, counting to 100, sounding out words, being independent readers, and so much more! If you missed Part 2 of our ” All Around The World ” unit, click here to catch up. This week, as we complete our 3rd week in this unit, we also welcome a new friend to our classroom. Our new friend James will now being joining us a few days a week! Here is the full layout of Week 25:

Welcome James ! 

Letter of the Day: Yy
Shape of the Week: Heart
Storytime: ” ABC Rainforest ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Letter Review With Dry Erase Boards ( We are almost through the alphabet again this week. Next week, we will start all over again with a different activity to focus on correct letter formation, letter sounds, and our Letterland characters. For today, the kids continued their focus on writing our letter of the day on their personal dry erase boards. )

3. Write The Room ( For our ” Write The Room ” time today, the kids hunted for their letter of the day, Yy, and 3 other, random letters. They first practice writing each letter over the guiding lines. Next, the kids go around the room and hunt for each letter. Once they find one of the letters, they take a moment to write this letter on their own. )

4. Short E Pocket Chart Activity ( We always start this activity with me modeling how to sound out each word. The kids then take a turn at sounded out each word on their own or with the help of their friends. These 3 are truly on their way to becoming early readers ! )

5. Daily ASL ( Jack, Lyanna, and I have been learning various signs over the past several months. Since James is new to our class, we’ve decided to start reviewing all of our previously learned signs in order to get him where we are. This will be a great review for us to make sure that we are signing these commands, words, and questions in the right way. )

Concept Activity:

1. Passport Stamps ( Today we travel to Brazil! )

2. Brazil Discussion with Globe and Chart

3. Brazil Video For Kids

Centers:

1. Reading ( For our ” Independent Reading ” time, the kids select a book from our book bins to read on their own or with a friend. )

2. Art Center: Toucan Coloring Sheet ( We talked a lot this morning about the Amazon Rainforest that is located in Brazil. The kids and I talked about all of the different animals and insects that can be found in this environment. One of the animals we found particularly interesting and beautiful was the toucan! Here is where you can find your own toucan coloring sheets. )

3. Butterfly Counting Math Game ( For this math activity, we gathered our plastic butterfly counters, dice, and a dry erase marker. Using our dry erase table, the kids would take turns rolling the dice to find out how many butterflies they needed to put on the table. Once they had their butterflies, they would then use their dry erase marker to write the amount underneath their pile of butterflies.

The next person would get their turn to do the same. Together, we then counted how many total butterflies were present on our table. The third person would then write this number on the table as well.

We have slowly been working on building our basic understanding of addition and subtraction concepts. Activities like this help break down these concepts and give the kids a very hands on experience with math. Using counters, like these butterflies, also make this activity interesting and fun! )

4. Science Center: Observational Drawing of the Rainforest ( The kids and I searched online for various images of the rainforest. We found tons of photos of waterfalls, giant trees, colorful animals and insects, as well as plenty of picture of the Amazon River.

The kids looked through tons of photos and then, together, decided on which photo they wanted to use for our Observation Drawing activity. Once a picture was selected, we took our new lap desks and set them up in front of the laptop.

The kids and I then took a few moments to talk about what elements and colors we saw in this photograph. We talked about the water, what animals live in and around it, what animals were probably hanging out in the trees, what bugs they thought could be found in their area of the rainforest, and so on.

Here are our beautiful observational drawings! Observational drawings are such a powerful and wonderful activity to do with kids. This activity gets kids to really look at an item and focus on all of the details. It also gets their brains thinking about what an item is for, what or who has been there, how something works, and so much more. Observational drawings get children, and even adults, to think on a different level and past the obvious! )

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are our journal entry for today. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Jaguar Paper Plate Mask ( To end our day about Brazil, we made these super simple jaguar masks! To create these masks, all you need is thing paper plates, scissors, and orange and black crayons or markers. First, using a pencil, I traced a jaguars face in the center of each mask and added to circles to where the eye holes needed to be.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, the kids used orange crayons to color their masks and add their black spots. One they were finished with creating their beautiful features, we then cut out their jaguar faces from the paper plates. You could add a piece of yarn to your own masks, if desired, by using a hole punched on both side edges of your mask. )

Letter of the Day: Zz
Shape of the Week: Heart
Storytime: ” Olga of Norway ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Letter Review With Dry Erase Boards ( Today we reached the letter Z ! Tomorrow, we will be starting a three day, random letter review to complete this week’s unit. The kids will get to select what letter we use for this part of our Letterland time. Next week, we will have a mystery letter week where the kids will pull random letters from a mystery box to work on! )

3. Write The Room

4. Short E Pocket Chart Activity

5. Daily ASL ( Review Day! )

Concept Activity:

1. Passport Stamps ( Today our travels bring us to Norway! )

2. Norway Discussion with Globe and Chart

3. Norway Video For Kids ( This video gives the kids an insight into the providences of Norway and what these areas contribute to their country. )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Art Center: Viking Ships ( We talked a little about the Vikings this morning during our introduction to Norway. The Vikings were a group of warrior soldiers that often traveled all around the world in their longships.  The kids created their very own longships today during our Art Center time. I drew out these simple ship pieces myself, but here is a coloring viking ship coloring sheet you could use for your activity.

Once Jack and Lyanna were finished coloring decorating their ship pieces and shields, we cut out these pieces and glued them to a piece of construction paper.)

3. Puzzles

4. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( These are the journal entries we made for today. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Northern Lights  ( How beautiful did these turn out ?! To create these wonderful pieces of art, the kids used watercolor paper and crayons to first color their night time skies. Once these were completed, we simply glued on a few black mountain pieces. Not only did these turn out perfectly, but they were super simple for the kids to create! )

Letter of the Day: All
Shape of the Week: Heart
Storytime: ” Dragon Dance ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Letter Review With Dry Erase Boards

3. Write The Room

4. Short E Pocket Chart Activity

5. Daily ASL ( Roll, Watch, and Listen )

Concept Activity:

1. Passport Stamps ( Today, for our last journey, we travel to China! )

2. China Discussion with Globe and Chart

3.China Video For Kids ( If your children love panda bears, this is a must watch! This video is from the National Geographic series that follows different children around as they travel to various places across the globe. For this video about China, these two children are visiting a panda sanctuary in China. They learn all about pandas and even get to feed them! The kids loved watching this short video and thought the last few scenes were very interesting, funny, and gross, all at the same time. I won’t ruin the surprise for you, but let’s just say that the caretakers of these pandas don’t like to waste! 🙂 )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Science Center: Observational Drawings of the Great Wall of China ( The kids and I viewed different images of the Great Wall of China. We talked about what we saw in the pictures, the things we noticed about the wall and it’s surroundings, the colors, and so on.

Jack, Lyanna, and James agreed on one of the images from our search to use for their observational drawings. Using crayons and a piece of paper, they each drew their own interpretation of the picture of the Great Wall. )

3. Art Center: Panda Headbands

4. Puzzles 

5. Free Exploration ( Don’t mind Lyanna. She just discovered there was a monkey hiding in her rows of bears that she had been working hard to create. Oh, the problems of a 3 year old 🙂 . )

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here is our journal entry for today. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Chinese Lanterns ( To end our day in China, we made Chinese Lanterns! To create these lanterns for yourself or your own class, here is a link to an amazing tutorial! They are super simple to make and there are plenty of ways to alter the tutorial to suite the skill level of your kids. )

Letter of the Day: All
Shape of the Week: Heart
Storytime: ” The Skin We Live In ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Letter Review With Dry Erase Boards ( Since we have come to the end of our Alphabet, the kids are spending a few days getting to select which letter they would like to work on. )

3. Write The Room

4. Short E Pocket Chart Activity

5. Daily ASL ( Review Day ! )

Concept Activity:

1. All Around The World Culmination Discussion ( We have finally reached the the end of our ” All Around The World ” unit! Today is our culmination day, where we will be talking about our adventures and all of the things we have learned. We open our unit today with a discussion about all the things the kids remember learning throughout these past few weeks. Here is our chart we put together about what we have learned: )

2. Celebration / All Around The World Children’s Song Video

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Writing Center: All Around The World Culmination Books ( To end our unit, the kids and I created these books about our journey. In these books, the kids complete sentences about their favorite country they learned about and draw an accompanying picture. I created these books myself for the kids. I did so because I wanted them to be catered to our learning experience. )

3. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( These are the journal entries we made for today. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Free Exploration ( After 3 weeks of exploring, our culmination day ended with simple free play! No projects to do, letters to write, videos to watch, or structured activities. Just free play in our classroom! )

We’ve been working hard these past few weeks on this unit, so we used our time today for play! While we did have a few basic, school related items to work on, the majority of our day was spent having fun, playing games, and have our art center open to whatever the kids wanted.

Letter of the Day: All
Shape of the Week: Heart
Storytime: Free Choice

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Letter Review With Dry Erase Boards ( Here are the letters the kids decided they wanted to work on during our short time in the classroom today. )

3. Write The Room

4. Short E Pocket Chart Activity

5. Daily ASL ( Stand, Jump, and Dance ! )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Art Center: Free Choice  ( The rest of our day is free choice for the kids. We opened up our art center to give them another choice during our day! )

3. Free Exploration

Free Play / Craft Time:

Free Exploration

Our ” All Around The World ” unit is now complete ! Jack, Lyanna, and James have worked so hard these past 3 weeks and they definitely learned a lot about the world around them. Next week will be all about NUMBERS! We will be exploring the world of numbers in various ways including number formation, recognition, counting, skip counting, measuring, and so much more! We will also be continuing our handwriting lessons, journal entries, focusing on building our fine motor skills, and engaging in educational games and activities. See you next week!

Brittany XOXO

Tot Preschool Week 24: All Around The World ( Part 2 )

Welcome back for Part 2 of our ” All Around The World ” unit. Last week, we traveled to and learned all about Italy, Ireland, Australia, and Egypt, as well as learn about our home state of North Carolina. If you missed that post and would like to catch up, click here! This week is all about France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and England. As we continue through our world travels, we will also be continuing our hard work at learning how to sound out words, letter formation, strengthening our understanding of addition and subtraction with numbers 1 to 10. This week starts off with a wonderful milestone already as Monday will be our 100th day of school ! Here is the full layout of our week:

Letter of the Day: Tt
Shape of the Week: Rectangle
Storytime: ” Everybody Bonjours ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Letter Review With Dry Erase Boards ( We continue our single letter writing review this week. The kids guide and instruct me on how to form our letter of the day. They then take their own dry erase boards and write this letter for themselves. )

3. Write The Room ( This week, our Write The Room activity will focus on the kids going on a letter scavenger hunt around the classroom. The letters they will be tasked to find consist of our letter of the day, as well as 3 other random letters. Jack and Lyanna enjoy this part of our day and love working together to find their letters to write. They help each other if they get stuck, so this writing practice has also turned into a social lesson on working together! )

4. Short E Pocket Chart Activity ( The kids and I continue working on sounding out words this week. Today we start working with short e words! )

5. Daily ASL ( Lyanna, Jack, and I reviewed signs from previous weeks during our ASL time today. We also learned the signs for two new words, ” Airplane ” and ” Bed “. )

Concept Activity:

1. Passport Stamps ( Our ” All Around The World ” unit has brought us to France! )

2. France Discussion with Globe and Chart ( To begin exploring France, the kids and I found France on our globe and compared it’s locations to the other countries we discussed last week. )

3. France Video For Kids ( This video is from the same series as the video we watched for Italy. The series follows two children around a given country, as they explore an aspect or location in that country. )

4. Let’s Learn French Video For Kids ( This video is adorable ! )

Centers:

1. Reading 

2. Science Center: Observational Drawings Eiffel Tower ( The kids took a moment in our crazy and busy schedule to do this observational drawings of the Eiffel Tower. We saw this monument earlier in our video, so we took some time to take about the tower and then pulled up a picture to have the kids use as a reference. )

3. Build and Investigate: The Eiffel Tower ( Now that we have had plenty of time to view the Eiffel Tower, the kids and I set out to recreate this monument using our classroom blocks.

It was fun building our Eiffel Tower, but I think the kids enjoyed the destruction more! )

4. Puzzles

5. Free Exploration

6. Days of School Links Chain ( Today is our 100th day of school! Lyanna and Jack have been building and adding to our chain as we have been making our way through our school year. We have been adding 10 links to our chain every 10 days. We’ve used this activity to continue our hard work with counting by single digits and by tens. )

7. 100 Days of School Celebration ( As a special treat for our 100th day of school, the kids enjoyed some tasty treats in celebration. What a delicious way to reflect on all of our hard work! )

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are the journal entries we made for today. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

France Flag Artwork ( To end our day of learning about France, Lyanna and Jack created the flag of France. Much like our flag project for Italy, we took strips of blue and red paper, cut them up into squares, and glued these pieces onto our flag template. Not only does a project like this help us learn what the flag of France looks like, but it also gives a chance to get scissor practice in and focus on building our fine motor skills. )

Letter of the Day: Uu
Shape of the Week: Rectangle
Storytime: ” Hansel and Gretel ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Letter Review With Dry Erase Boards

3. Write The Room

Here is a picture of Lyanna helping Jack to write one of his letters. Lyanna finished before Jack, who was still on the hunt for his last letter and then needed some help writing that letter. The helpfulness and kindness that these two show to each other makes my heart so happy!

4. Short E Pocket Chart Activity ( The kids are currently loving this activity. They enjoy pointing to and sounding out each letter present and are excited to hear their word come together. This quick pocket chart activity has been part of our routine for several weeks now and I’ve noticed the kids start to take this process and skill out to other parts of our days. While we walk around doing Write The Room, I hear both of them making the letter sounds that they see and attempting to sound out and read various words. I think these guys are on their way to becoming early readers for sure! )

5. Daily ASL ( Review Day! )

Concept Activity:

1. Passport Stamps ( Today we travel to Germany! )

2. Germany Discussion with Globe and Chart

3. Hansel and Gratel Story Video ( Earlier in our day, the kids and I read the shortened version of the fairy tale  ” Hansel and Gretel “. During this Concept time, we watched an extended version of this story using this video. This video is perfect for this age group and it features the ABC song at the end, using the characters from the story. )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Build and Investigate: Gingerbread Houses ( In the story of Hansel and Gretel, the children stumble upon a tasty looking, candy covered house that belongs to an evil witch. Using this story detail, the kids created their own candy houses! As we built our candy covered homes, we talked about the story of Hansel and Gretel and the various facts about Germany we had learned and discussed earlier in the day. We also counted the various pieces of candy as we put them in place and talked about the shapes, colors, and details we saw.

Look at these beautiful creations! Making your own candy houses is quite simple. All you need is a box of graham crackers, a can of cake icing, a large Ziploc bag, and whatever candies you’d like to use. We placed all of the cake icing into a Ziploc bag and made that into a make shift piping bag. Once your graham crackers are broken into the size you’d like for your house, use the piping bag of icing to attach these graham cracker pieces to one another. Once we created our houses, we put them in the refrigerator for a few hours to let the icing set and become hard. Next, we then used the icing as icing for our candy pieces. Once that step was done, we returned our candy covered houses to the refrigerator to let everything become hard again. )

3. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are the entries we made today in our journals. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Germany Coloring Sheets ( To end our day, we printed off and colored these coloring sheets. This little boy reminds us of Hansel from our story! You can find this coloring sheet here. )

Another lovely smile in our classroom! Roslin joins us throughout our lessons and activities during the day. The kids love her company and she loves to hear all of our songs and silliness! During our Reading time, Jack and Lyanna enjoy reading to her and telling her all about the pictures in their books.

Letter of the Day: Vv
Shape of the Week: Rectangle
Storytime: ” I Live In Tokyo ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Letter Review With Dry Erase Boards

3. Write The Room

4. Short E Pocket Chart Activity

5. Daily ASL ( Today we learned the signs for ” Bike ” and ” Boat “. )

Concept Activity:

1. Passport Stamps ( Today we travel to Japan! )

2. Japan Discussion with Globe and Chart

3. Japan Video For Kids ( This was a very interesting video for the kids. We got to see what it’s like to be a kid in Japan! )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Art Center: Tissue Paper Japan Flag ( Using construction paper, red tissue paper, and a glue stick, the kids created the flag of Japan. )

3. Chopsticks Math Game ( What a fun way to practice counting, focus on our fine motor skills, AND learn how to use chopsticks like they use in Japan! Using our bug figurines, the kids rolled dice to determine the amount of bugs they needed to put in the container. The challenge here was that they could only use their ” chopsticks ” to pick up their bugs! )

4. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are our journal entries we made for today. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Japanese Carp Kites ( Koinobori ) ( To end our day in Japan, we learned about Children’s Day. This is a holiday celebrated in Japan, much like Mother’s and Father’s day. During this celebration, koinobori ( carp streamers ) are created and used as decorations.

We first colored our carp template. I drew our template for the kids, but you can find one here for your own use. Once we were done creating our carps, we cut them out and taped them around a cardboard roll. Next, we wrapped popsicle sticks with colorful washi tape and attached a piece of clear fish wire to the our sticks. Finally, we attached the other end of our fish wire to our carps. This project was very simple to put together and the kids were VERY pleased with their streamers! )

Letter of the Day: Ww
Shape of the Week: Rectangle
Storytime: ” Off We Go To Mexico ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Letter Review With Dry Erase Boards

3. Write The Room

4. Short E Pocket Chart Activity

5. Daily ASL ( Review Day! )

Concept Activity:

1. Passport Stamps ( We’re back to our area of the world today as we explore and learn all about Mexico ! )

2. Mexico Discussion with Globe and Chart

3. National Geographic Mexico Video For Kids ( In this video, the kids and I learned all about the pyramid at Chitzen Itza! )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Art Center: Maracas and Mexico Coloring Sheet ( We’ve talked a lot today about mariachi bands and what types of instruments are often seen in these bands. We then created our very own maracas! To create these instruments, we used plastic eggs, plastic forks, washi tape, and pony beads. We first added a handful of beads to our eggs and secured them shut. Next, we used the two forks to hold our egg and then taped everything in place.

The other project we did during our Art Center were these awesome Dia de Muertos coloring sheets. We printed these coloring sheets off of Crayolas website for free. Click here to get your own copy! )

3. Puzzles 

4. Playdough Play

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are our journal entries for today. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Mexican Suns ( These beautiful pieces of art were so simple to create and the kids LOVED them! We used a circle piece of aluminum foil for the center of our sun to give them a different and unique element. We glued these foil pieces to the center of our paper and then used our crayons to draw on the faces.

Next, we used different pieces of construction paper to add the other elements of our suns. These turned out so perfect! )

Letter of the Day: Xx
Shape of the Week: Rectangle
Storytime: ” London Bus ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Letter Review With Dry Erase Boards

3. Write The Room

4. Short E Pocket Chart Activity

5. Daily ASL ( Today we learned the signs for ” Car ” and ” Book “. )

Concept Activity:

1. Passport Stamps ( We heading across the pond today to explore England! )

2. England Discussion with Globe and Chart

3. England Video For Kids 

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Science Center: Observational Drawings of Big Ben 

3. Art Center: London Bus Craft  ( When we learn about all of these different countries, we talked about MANY things, one of which is how these countries are similar and different from our own. Today, while we learned all about England, we learned about how their transportation is bit different from our own. The kids and I learned all about their public transportation vehicles, the double-decker bus!

To create these buses, we used various pieces of construction paper and glue. To make your own double-decker buses, you will need one large piece of red paper cut into the shape of a bus. Next , you will need 1 white rectangle ( window ), 6 black rectangles ( windows ), and 2 circles ( wheels ) to create the elements of your bus. We used glue sticks to attach our pieces to the large red piece. )

4. Fill The Shapes ( Taking a break from our concept, the kids played with our geometric solids kits. Using pom poms, the kids filled different geometric shapes to explore the volume of each shape. We practiced counting and identifying the different 2-D and 3-D shapes we were working with. )

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are the entries we made today in our journals. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Poppy Flower Stamping ( To wrap up our day in England, we created these BEAUTIFUL poppy flower pieces! These turned out so amazing that we actually framed Lyanna’s piece in our home!

You can use a stamp of any kind to create the base of these flowers, but we used our red dot markers. We stamped on pieces of watercolor paper as to not make a huge mess if the paint happened to bleed through. Once our red spots were dry, the kids went back over their artwork and added a black circle to the center of each flower. To complete these pieces, Jack and Lyanna then took a green crayon to add the green stem to each flower. )

This week has been another busy and fun filled adventure for the kids and I! Next week will be our last week for this unit as we explore Brazil, China, and Norway. We will take a much needed relaxation and free play day once our unit has been completed. Next week also brings another new adventure for us as we welcome a new friend, James! James will begin joining us for our adventures and we are so excited to have a new friend to learn and play with :).

Brittany XOXO