Thursday, February 26, 2015

No Way!

Yes way! There have been 100th day activities going strong all week. 100 days of school have already gone by for most of us and the 100th day will soon be upon the rest of us.  For young children this is a big event to be celebrated. 100 days is A LOT of days for them and this day is a great way to help them understand the concept of 100.  Check out some of the activities centered around 100 to celebrate this year's 100th day of school! 






Thursday, February 19, 2015

Pizza, Pizza, Yum, Yum!

The letters P and Y were our focus this week and yummy pizza fit the bill for both letters! There are some wonderful books about pizza (We love Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig.) and some great activities to do in conjunction with pizza. And who doesn’t love pizza!

We made pizzas that were different shapes; we cut pizzas into fractions: we counted and graphed how many toppings we put on our pizza (pepperoni and cheese being the favorites) and talked about all the different types of toppings there are. We painted pizzas at the easel and used pizza boxes to make our own pizzas.  

As a collaborative effort, we made a yummy pizza together to work on our social skills which involved solving problems, taking turns and cooperating with others. They did a fantastic job!

Pizza Books:  

The kids got to play pizza chef and take orders from the customer.

Pizza by the Shape:

Dressing for the part:

Living in Europe, we enjoy pizza baked in a wood burning oven. We eat our pizza with a fork and knife as Europeans do!


YouTube Videos:

Pizza, pizza, fun, fun! 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Hearts Galore!

We have always found that the heart is the one shape that everyone knows when entering pre-k and kindergarten. Why? Is it just because it is a heart? Who knows? But since Valentine’s Day is a day that is eagerly anticipated by our students, we worked with hearts every which way we could think of! From listening to hearts to writing on hearts; it was definitely a hearts galore week! Plus we gave our hearts away to Mr. Hatch, the wonderful character from the popular story, Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch.  Check out the heart filled activities!

We listened to our hearts with stethoscopes.  We wrote on hearts using conversation hearts, and then we got to eat them! We used all different shapes and sizes of hearts to make our own puppets.  Here are some great fine motor activities: Squeezing heart shaped sponges, unlocking my heart! (a great find from a euro  store), Picking up pasta shaped hearts with tweezers and putting the correct number of hearts on a pipe cleaner using Valentine’s Day cards. (Use two cards for addition!)

Mr. Hatch Activities:


Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch Video
Valentine’s Day Boxes


Tomorrow and Yesterday's Leaders: