Rocking Dan Teaching Man has a great video about being a good friend. He has lots of great videos on his Youtube channel! We talked a lot about being good friends in class this week (every week...). My kids are such a great little bunch together, and I want to keep that up. I try to notice everything good and PRAISE IT UP! Of course they have moments, and I have a few who forget- but that's what these great songs and what our character education moments are all about. Dan's song is so great because we can talk about the vocabulary in it, and I can use it as a reminder later in the day- "Remember when we sang about..." Also, it's got a great rhythm for the kids.
I also found these videos that I'm going to use next week!My kids are going to love this What Do The Letters Say song from Have Fun Teaching.
Have Fun Teaching also shared this great Sight Word Songs video on Youtube. I am going to play it in the background during free choice time. Hopefully, the kids will learn those words and maybe not even realize it as they're singing along.
These cookies would also be fun for Halloween. They're so easy and fun to make!
Here is a copy of the "recipe" if you'd like it. (Just click the picture.) I send it home with the child's picture stapled to it.
One of my favorite finds was all of the camo things they had. I made a Camo Write the Room. I am going to put the camo sightwords all over the room and use this as one of my centers. The children can wear their vest and helmet, and use the binoculars to find the words. I also bought a camo tablecloth (for $. 97 at Walmart). I was thinking I may put that up on a wall and put the sight words on that another time just to switch it up. If you would like a copy of the recording sheets, just click on the picture below.
I also made this mat on a piece of cardboard. I know- can you believe the detail?! I wrote sight words on the bottom of some army guys, and the children can match the army guys to their spots on the map, then record the words on their paper.
You can also find camo pencils that would be so much fun to use for these centers.
Their buildings are also fun to write about because it is something they made and know about. It was fun to listen to the turn and talk and the questions the children were asking each other about why they built it, what it was for, and if it fell over. Finally, the children felt successful whether they wrote a few letters, or a page of words.
"I built with people and built gates on the side."
"It was hard. It was not balanced. It was tricky."
I was SO PROUD of him for hearing the beginning sounds of "I made a truck."I helped him form the 'm' and 't,' and we reread what he wrote. You should have seen him beaming!
I love to use Library Mouse to introduce Writer's Workshop, when the children really start writing their own books.
After we read the book, I take this box around as the children sit in a circle, so they can look at the "author" in the mirror. I just cut a hole in the middle of a shoebox, covered with contact paper, and put a mirror on the inside.
Instead of leaving the box out all year, I put this mirror on my white board by the writing table, to save room on the table. It's fun to send someone back to check the mirror, if they're having a hard time writing.
Finally, I was so proud of my Shape Town for helping the kids learn their shapes. They have been bringing in all sorts of things from home, sorting them, talking about shapes- just like I hoped. Until Monday morning when one mother came in and said her child was SO sad because he forgot to bring something for "Garbage Town." GARBAGE TOWN?! OK- I do see quite a few toilet paper "cylinders" in there, but it's sort of the epitome of "One person"s trash is another person's treasure." I'm thinking it's a
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