Archive for the ‘Fun’ Category

>Valentine Fun…

February 20, 2011

>Here are some pictures of the children at the Valentine’s Day Party. We enjoyed a fantastic snack, created bags, exchanged valentine cards, and enjoyed some socializing! It was a blast. Thank you to everyone who sent in treats!

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>Calendar Fun…

February 16, 2011

> When you go into many classrooms, especially early childhood classrooms, you will find a time set aside to study the calendar. This time is spent in many various ways throughout the country. I spend my time working with the calendar in various ways. I like to call my time “Morning/Afternoon Meeting.” We spend the time figuring out what today, tomorrow, and yesterday is on the calendar and we identify the numbers. We also play mystery number, where I take a number off the calendar and the children have to figure out what the missing number. In the later part of the year we mix the calendar up and the children have to put it back together. This allows us to work on ordering numbers. Some teachers like to add a day each day to the calendar; however, I feel different about this. My view on this practice is: you never see a partial calendar, when you look at the calendar you always see the entire month. I want this practice to be in my room because it helps us plan and helps the children develop a sense of time. At the conclusion of this short time we sing the Days of the Week and the Months of the Year. Check out our You Tube channel and watch the children singing “Days of the Week,” I am sure you will recognize the tune…I am apologizing in advance if it gets stuck in your head!

>Science Fun…

January 29, 2011

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The afternoon class had an amazing opportunity on Friday to learn science first hand! Ethan’s grandmother, Karen, teaches Science to 2nd-3rd graders in their Science Lab. Karen was gracious enough to use one of her half day personal days to come and visit with our class. SHe brought all kinds of animals and taught the children about reptiles. The look on the children’s faces were priceless. It was wonderful to see the excitement in the children about learning science. Ethan and Karen even put together a science experiment for the children to take home with them to practice observations. I cannot wait until Monday to ask the children about the observations they made. I cannot thank Karen enough for taking time out of her schedule to come and spend the afternoon with us and her grandson! Check out some of our photos of the fantastic learning, which occurred!
Science Fun in the Afternoon!
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>Our Learning Channel…

January 27, 2011

>I wanted to announce we have a channel to view our videos. I love using the Flip Video as a means to tape the children learning and explaining their learning. We then as a class watch them and talk about what is happening. This allows the children a chance to see themselves in action and reflect about certain activities. We now have a channel on…You Tube…I do not always put the videos I take on the blog; however, they will be located on our channel. If you would like you can always check out some of the great learning occurring in Room 116!

http://www.youtube.com/user/mrstahlkindergarten

>3-D Fun…

December 4, 2010

> The children this past week had the chance to explore 3-D shapes and then had the opportunity to build 3-D shapes. The children had a great time using marshmallows to build this shapes. The children had great discussion on the difference between 2-D and 3-D. The children learned 2-D shapes are flat and are on paper; whereas, 3-D shapes are objects you can feel and have sides and can put in your hands. This allowed the children to have a concrete definition of the difference between the two. We are going to go into the similarities and differences between 2-D and 3-D. For example, we will look at a square and a cube. I look forward to listening to the discussions we have.

>Shape Fun…

November 30, 2010

>This past week we have been working on identifying 2-Dimensional shapes. The children have to be able to recognize circle, rectangle, square, triangle, and hexagon. The children are doing a fantastic job recognizing them. We went on a shape hunt around the school to see what shapes we noticed on the building. We were able to find windows that were rectangles and squares. We even saw the circle window on top of the building. We noticed the bricks were rectangles and a metal piece that looked like a diamond, but we were smart kindergartners and knew it was a square standing on its point. We made shape posters by looking through magazines and looking for a particular shape. The children worked as a team at their tables to complete the posters (I will say they did an AWESOME job working together)! We challenged the children to look for hexagons and I was amazed on the objects they found in the magazines. The children were able to find snowflakes, beehives, and a game that were all in the shape of a hexagon! We are moving into 3-Dimensional shapes and will notice the similarities and differences of the objects!

>Vocabulary Parade…

October 30, 2010

>We had a great day on Friday with our vocabulary parade! The children came to school with some great words and great costumes. We were able to parade around the building and show off our words to everyone. In the afternoon our winner was Morgan with the word “static.” She had a costume with socks stuck to her. We also had children dress up as: zigzag, champion, luminous, nervous, x-ray, etc. The children did a fantastic job! I dressed up as stamina and wore some of my marathon gear!

I also want to thank our room parents for organizing our “snack party” with some great treats for the kids to eat when we returned from the parade. I will post some pictures in the upcoming days. Stay tuned!

>Jamming to Rhymes…

October 23, 2010

>One of the skills in literacy is to be able to recognize and identify rhyming words and also produce rhyming words. We have been working on rhyming words (recognizing, identifying, and producing) during our morning/afternoon carpet time. During this time we also work on our letters, sounds, number identification, and counting. Friday afternoon the kids had a little surprise when we had a jam session to “Make a Rhyme, Make it Move” by Jack Hartmann. Miss Todd’s class came over and joined us for the fun! Today we had a chance to do the song with the morning class. I think they loved it! Check it out below to see the fun!

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>Word Search Fun…

March 16, 2010

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As I think back to my childhood one of my favorite things to do was word searches and I continue to love them. This is a great inexpensive way to help your child learn. This activity also can be used for all levels of children. Children who may not be able to read all the of the bigger words can use this as a way to find letters and groups of letters; whereas, the children who can read most of the words can look for the whole words in the puzzles. This activity is great for siblings to do together and for you to do with your children. There are many word search books you can purchase at the grocery store or book store. You can also find them on the internet for FREE! We have completed some in the classroom and the children LOVE them! Enjoy…

>Reading Fun…

March 11, 2010

>As I was observing Mrs. Duncan today during reading it amazed me how much the children have learned! It was great to observe and it gave me time to reflect upon the year. It seems like yesterday we walked through the door for the first time and we started our study of letters and sounds. We have come from identify just beginning sounds to identifying beginning, middle, and ending sounds. Many children are beginning to blend words together and can read simple books. Furthermore, the children are thinking about their reading and telling me what happened in the story. I also noticed an area where we need further practice. The children are getting confused with the letter q. The letter at times has a hook and does not and the children need to be able to identify both. You may want to practice this letter at home along with the letter p. This will help them distinguish the two letters. Keep up the great reading…it is great to have your children reading to you and you reading to them!