Saturday, January 28, 2012

Letter B Week

Letter B Week was a BLAST!
Our themes for the week were
Bears, Bubbles, Bees, Birthdays, Boys and Blueberries.

Our Literacy Center featured  the book Big Smelly Bear.

We acted out songs and fingerplays about bears.
We used gummy bears in the math center for
addition, measuring and graphing.

The class graphed their favorite gummy bear color.

We made bears out of pattern blocks.

In art we painted Big Bears

and Brown Bears With Buttons.

We talked about Boys!  These boys are blowing big bubbles!

Our literacy center also featured Bees.

We wrote nonfiction facts about bees 

and created these Buzzing Bees.

We compared Bees and Bears.

We read Blueberries For Sal and discussed facts about the story.

We counted by twos,

painted with blueberries

and ate several delicious letter B snacks.
(We have the BEST parents!)

At the end of the week we celebrated Letter B with our Bear Birthday Bash!

We decorated birthday crowns and cupcakes.

We sang Happy Birthday and blew out the candles!
Then we ate our delicious snack.

We graphed what we liked best about our birthdays!

We decided we needed a class picture of our Bear Birthday Bash!
Doesn't this look like fun?  
What a BLAST!

Next week we will talk about Letter R!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Letter U Week

Letter U Week
Underwear, Umbrellas, USA!

Let's face it!  Letter U is a bit of a challenge!
I always have a hard time coming up
with fun and exciting activities for letter U.
Here's a peek at our week!

The literacy center featured the book, Umbrella.
The children made pictures of themselves Under Umbrellas.
(I forgot to take a picture of this activity.)

The children LOVED drawing pictures "under and upside down."
We taped their papers underneath the art table.  This was really funny!

We talked about utensils and used various utensils for painting.

Our literacy center also featured UNDERWEAR!  
The children had a blast talking about undies, underwear,
and underpants.  There was plenty of giggling, snickering,
eye rolling, and laughing going on in the Kindie house.
Who KNEW underwear could be this funny?

We read, Dinosaurs Love Underpants.

If you haven't read this should!  It's great!

We had plenty of journal pages DESCRIBING underwear!
My thought was they would write about how 
useful, colorful and great underwear are.
Instead most of the children described how "stinky" underwear can be!  
Tee hee! 

We made underwear in the art center!
Giggle, giggle!

We talked about Martin Luther King!
We did a little experiment and the children
we very aware of what was "fair" and what was "unfair".
We read books about Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King.

We made the United States flag.

We worked with our Handwriting Without Tears activities.
We love this handwriting curriculum. 
 It's developmentally appropriate and the children enjoy it.

The block center was very busy!

Check out this UNUSUAL collection!

  Sometimes letters provide a challenge and letter U certainly
was challenging.  Not every week can be fabulous...but this week 
 was better than we expected.
(We laughed a lot!  What is better than that?)

Next week we will talk about Letter B! 
 Get ready because Letter B is going to be off the charts!!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Letter D Week

Dinosaurs, Dots and Dogs!
This week was delightful!
Our literacy centered featured dinosaurs!

We discussed the book, Dinosaur Roar.

We explored dinosaur bones in 
sensory tubs filled with rice.

We hatched a baby dinosaur in water!  It was really cool!

We were paleontologists and we 
excavated dinosaurs out of blocks of ice!

This activity was fantastic!  We had to set a timer 
so everyone in the class would have a turn!

In our Art center we made several different types of dinosaurs!

We graphed our favorite dinosaurs.

We had dinosaurs for snack!

We ate dinosaur dirt too!

Our literacy center also featured dogs.

We read, Good Boy Fergus.
(This is a great book written by David Shannon.)


Check out these "darling dogs!"

Our math centered featured pattern block dogs.

We talked about dots.
We read, The Dot and Ten Black Dots.

We graphed candy Dots and used the Dots to make patterns.

We estimated how many Dots were in the jars.


We had dominoes for snack!  Wasn't this a clever idea?
(We have great families!)  

This week was really fun!  
We can't wait for next week!
Letter U!