I have decided to step up and become a much more active member on our little community. So, to celebrate this I’m sharing my favourite quotes in our new FRIDAY Feature – 3 quotes.
One of the most fun set of books to read aloud to children are the Dr Suess books. Dr Suess is actually the pen name for Author and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel. His books have become some of the most popular children’s books of all time selling over 600 million copies which have been translated into more than 20 languages. He adopted the pen name Dr Suess during his time at Dartmouth college and the University of Oxford. He worked as an illustrator for many years and during WW2 he worked as an animator for the animation department of the United States of America government. After the war, he concentrated on his children’s books and has published over 60, many of which have become films, Tv series and even a broadway musical.
I read this great post about creating an activity to go with books that you read with children. Cassi at the Crafty Crow has created a great guest posting series where she invited people to submit books and a linked craft they have shared with children. I am sad that I missed this and wanted to share my own and invite anyone to share with me their book and activity (craft or other activity) to let me know and I will post it up.
I will create a master list in this post and link up all the books and activities for you all to refer back to.
I will start with a book and activity I recently did with my children at school. I read them Please, Mr Panda and did a drama activity.
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Our topic this term has been imagination. This is a round of the best picture books which link to Imagination, I have read ALL these books with my kinder kids and they loved them!
The children loved looking at Quest and Journey, they could retell the story and not worry about getting it right as there are no words. It really encouraged them to think and imagine what story the pictures are telling.
Not a stick or box really helped them imagine what everyday items could become.
The children gave the story machine a big thumbs up! They love how the letters made pictures.
It might be an apple was a great book and we talked about lots more things that an apple might be.
This book just ate my dog was a funny book that had the kids laughing and wanting to help shake out the lost characters.
We loved reading all these books and they really helped us improve our imaginations.
So I am taking up the three days, three quotes challenge as passed on by Meg from DrMegSorick, who write a great blog about writing and sharing her journey to self-publishing.
The idea is to post between 1-3 quotes a day for three days challenging a new person each day.
So here is day three. We are all constantly a role model and more so those of us who teach. I have children who mimic me and then one day turn around and it’s like a small version of me as they chastise their friend. A little scary!
This quote resonates with me for that reason, Never give up.
Only one quote today as this, I feel, stands alone.
For writing early finishers I have got them to do this writing sight word sticks activity, they use an ice cream stick with different sight words written on to practise writing their sight words. I have introduced it first on white boards then for those who can in their writing books.
I found a whole bunch of activities on this site as well which would be great for kinder/ early years classrooms.
For our Imagination topic we did some activities looking at famous artwork and how they made us feel. Then we drew our own to show different emotions.
We also imagined we were super hero’s and created our super hero cuff’s and wore our mask’s. We wrote about what powers our super hero would have and how they can save the world. They loved this and spent a god amount of time zooming around the classroom as super hero’s.
Some more exciting ideas for a year 0 classroom can be found here
I read a lovely blog post over at live 🙂 Life about a book called Please, Mr Panda.
A panda has a tray of Doughnuts to share and goes around asking some creatures if they would like one. A variety of responses are given but only one gets the doughnuts. Continue reading “Please, Mr Panda”→
I have used some of the ideas to create my own resources which I will share with you for free here.
We have made our own Ginger Bread Man Class book using this template. Each child was given a page to write his or her name on and then decorate the gingerbread man. I have stapled the altogether and will put it in the book corner.
We talked about how you could stop the gingerbread man from running away and created this little book showing our techniques. They will keep them in their daily 5 reading bags to practise reading.
I modelled this activity with the class first using this big we made.
I printed these templates out for the children to use while they retell the story to each other.
Each day we share a poem together which the children can take home in their poem books. This is the one (below) for Monday which I loved as it ties in with our weeks theme. Normally I just use a selection of nursery rhymes for the week. I have a class poem book in which I stick a copy of each days poem as well. The children can read it and I will start to invite some children to colour a page in each day and sign it.
For maths, we used the Roll a Gingerbread man game and the children made their Gingerbread men on the sheet from the same website. Which they loved so much I went onto Pinterest to find some more roll a dice activities for them to do.
We have been using some milk bottle tops to practise putting our numbers in order and learning to recognise number patterns to 10.
The role play area is very popular and I will have to remove the little pigs hats so they will act out the other stories instead. However, I’m glad they enjoy it that much.
Some more exciting ideas for a year 0 classroom can be found here
So I just read this post over at nothing was said and laughed out loud. Then thought I should share some hilarity from my own classroom. I regularly get comments from the teachers in the adjoining classrooms about how they love overhearing my wails of despair of what the children are doing that they shouldn’t be and have a little chuckle. So in no particular order from the mouths and hands of kids.
All is quiet in the classroom and I walk over to the blue table and find a big pile of hair. Look at kids all innocently holding scissors, cutting their shapes and notice M has three big bald spots on his head. Sigh …….. discuss with the class why cutting our hair is not a good idea. Then brace myself for a conversation with mum.
Same child at sports day, I turn round to find him eating grass. Sigh …….. talk about why grass is not good for us to eat. Discuss with mum.
Kids all working well in groups. Walk over to yellow table to find M (seeing a pattern emerging) with two yellow crayons sticking out his ears, then notice that most of the table has copied him and have colourful crayons sticking out their ears as well. sigh………. more discussions on how we use our equipment correctly.
Enjoy and I shall update with more as I think of it and as it happens.
While stumbling around the internet i found this blog with a great day by break down of how they introduced the daily 5 in their classroom. This has been really helpful and we have started doing it their way. We are practising daily and slowly increasing our stamina. We started at only being able to read for a minute and a half and can now manage a great 4 and a half minutes. Continue reading “Reading the Daily 5 – Introduction in Room 28”→
Diwali is November the 11th this year, Auckland city celebrated it early in Aotea Square on the 17 & 18th Oct.
We are celebrating Diwali at school and have been using lots of ideas around Diwali to talk about and introduce to the children.
The school organised a lady to come in an give anyone who was interested a henna design on their hand for $5. Here is mine in the classroom just after being done and later on the evening when all the paste had come off.