Friday, October 17, 2014

Using Pinterest Pictures in the Classroom - Squirrel


1. Do you know what this is?

2. What is it doing?

3. What makes you think it's doing that?

4. Why do you think it's doing that?

5. Where do you think this picture was taken? Why there?

6. Pretend this squirrel can talk. What do you think it would say?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Columbus Day Activity and Song


Here's a quick and easy Columbus Day handprint activity and song to celebrate!

In 1492
(Tune: "The Worms Crawl In, the Worms Crawl Out")

In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
Columbus sailed the ocean blue
In fourteen hundred ninety-two.

(If you don't know the song, you can hear a children's version of the original tune here.)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Rainbows in the Room


Half a paper plate and tissue paper (or crepe streamers, or even strips of construction paper) make these cute rainbows.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Ping Pong Alphabet Game

I bought a box of ping pong balls, which were relatively cheap. Using a Sharpie, I marked each of them with an alphabetical letter, then put them in a tub, along with a fish net.

The object is to scoop them up in the net in alphabetical order, and drop each ball into the egg carton in the slot with the corresponding letter. (Ex: I put upper case on the balls, and lower case in the cartons.) Note: They could not touch the ball with their fingers at any time. Net only!

What made this exciting for the children is they would time each other (using my timer) to see who could do it the fastest.




Monday, September 29, 2014

Scissor Practice

Over the years, several Pre-K and Kinder teachers have asked me how I got my kiddos to cut so well. Granted that the majority of the time when it's required, it's usually to cut out squares to glue onto boxes. But I believe children need more dexterity than that.

So I use these simple templates. I've included a sample below. (You can click on the photo for the full size and copy to save on your computer.)



Normally, I draw several different kinds of lines per sheet of scratch paper. I've also drawn loops. These practice sheets are perfect for when a student has finished his work early, and needs something to occupy his time before going on to the next lesson.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Using Pinterest Pictures in the Classroom - Ice Cream Cone



1. What is this?
2. How many dips do you see?
3. Why do you think the photographer put the ice cream dips in this order?
4. What flavors do you think each color represents? What would each color taste like?
5. Would you be able to eat all of this ice cream cone? Why or why not?
6. Why do you think the photographer took this picture?
7.  What if I told you this really wasn't ice cream? What do you think the photographer may have used to take this picture?