Monday, 19 December 2016

Merry Christmas

I cannot believe that Santa arrives in just 5 days!!  We have been very busy making our gifts for the parents.  This year I did a photo shoot with the kids and we created Photo Wreaths.  They turned out FAB-U-LOUS!  The picture truly does not do them justice :).



We made handprint reindeer cards to go with the gift.  They turned out SUPER cute as well.



We have been enjoying many holiday inspired crafts which I unfortunately did not get pictures of due to being super busy with my crew.  We made fingerprint candy cane pictures, holiday colours cut and paste pictures, holiday fun foam pictures, popsicle stick Rudolph ornaments, snowflake ornaments, and many more.

Enjoy the holidays with your family and friends!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

5 Senses

November was 5 senses month.  Please check out my previously posted activities that I incorporated with my new group.

November 2012

December 2012


Do You Hear What I Hear?

This week we have enjoyed activities planned around our sense of hearing.  Children enjoyed making instruments. 

The Den Den Drums were a huge hit.  The only thing I did differently, was add a colourful mini jingle bell to the end after the beads on either side... added a nice additional sound to the instrument.   

We also made Pringles can shaker drums.  We added macaroni (you can use rice, but we wanted a louder sound... popcorn kernals work well, but I was out of those) to the inside of the can and a balloon to the open top... the balloon slips on easily on this sized can.  We then decorated the can with construction paper.  I added an elastic over the balloon to secure it and then the children glued their decorative strip over that.  We finished it all off by adding foamie stickers.  They enjoyed drumming the beat on the balloon and of course shaking to make extra noise.  The only thing I would do differently is collect the mini Pringles cans ahead of time... I think they would make a nicer size for the instrument.



Here are some songs we enjoyed at circle time...

Did You Ever Hear (Sung To: Did You Ever See A Lassie?")

Did you ever hear a whistle, a whistle, a whistle
Did you ever hear a whistle
It sounds like this
(whistle sound)
Did you ever hear the wind blow, the wind blow, the wind blow
Did you ever hear the wind blow
It sounds like this
(blowing wind sound)
Did you ever hear fingers snapping, fingers snapping, fingers snapping
Did you ever hear fingers snapping
It sounds like this
(snapping sound)

Stop and Listen
~Charlotte Diamond~

Slightly off topic, but I just have to say that I absolutely LOVE Charlotte Diamond and have several of her cd's.  I was so happy to have found her when my daughter was in the early grades of French Immersion - it was great to have some fun French cd's to listen to! If you are looking at expanding your children's music library, I highly recommend her cd's. 

Using the sound files from GRSites Free Sound Effects Archive, we played 'What's That Sound?' and I also created a lotto game (can also be played as a Bingo game) where the children had to listen to the sounds to cover their cards.  Unfortunately,  I cannot share the game due to the TOU on some of the images I used, but you can visit the sound site, pick your sound clips, and then match images from the net to create your own Sound Lotto or Sound Bingo game.

Always fun to watch the Sesame Street characters and here is their rendition of  I Am A Fine Musician.

Last, but not least, we explored our collection of musical instruments - playing the different instruments, listening to the sounds, and creating a band. 

Friday, 11 November 2016

Spiders

I love doing a spider unit with the kids to quell any fears of the 8 legged critters.

We made Eency Weency Spider rain spouts by painting a paper towel tube and attaching a plastic spider.  They really enjoyed using their prop when singing the rhyme.



 The children drew spiders.


We made construction paper spiders with precut bodies.  The children cut strips of paper from the colour of their choice and folded them to create the legs.  They used a black marker to add a face then told me a story about their spider.



Check out my October 2012 posts for more spider fun and free printables!


Scarecrows

We had so much fun with our scarecrow unit!

The children made paper bag scarecrows by stuffing lunch bags with newspaper and cutting strips of paper for the hair.  We added googly eyes, a triangle nose and a hat.  They drew on a smile with marker to complete the cuteness!



We drew scarecrow pictures.



Our favourite song of the week was Dingle Dangle Scarecrow.

When all the cows were sleeping
and the sun had gone to bed,
Up jumped the scarecrow
and this is what he said,

“I’m a dingle dangle scarecrow
with a flippy floppy hat,
I can shake my hands like this
I can shake my feet like that.”

When all the hens were roosting
and the moon behind the cloud
Up jumped the scarecrow
and shouted very loud,

“I’m a dingle dangle scarecrow
with a flippy floppy hat,
I can shake my hands like this
I can shake my feet like that.”

When the dogs were in the kennel
and the doves were in the loft
Up jumped the scarecrow
and whispered very soft,

“I’m a dingle dangle scarecrow
with a flippy floppy hat,
I can shake my hands like this
I can shake my feet like that.”

“I’m a dingle dangle scarecrow
with a flippy floppy hat,
I can shake my hands like this
I can shake my feet like that.”

Check out my posts from September 2012 for more scarecrow fun and free printables.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

It's turkey time here in Canada.  The children are excited to spend time with family and friends this weekend to celebrate Thanksgiving.

After discussing everything we have to be thankful for, the children made a thankful tree table decoration.  I traced their hands and cut the handprints out of fall coloured construction paper to be the leaves for their tree.  Each child sat with me and dictated what they are thankful for and I printed it on each 'leaf'.  I folded the bag accordian style to create lines to follow when cutting.  Cut down the bag half way to create the branches for the tree.  Children stuffed a piece of newspaper into the bottom of the bag so it would stand up nicely then twisted the bag for the trunk and the cut strips for the branches.  We stapled our handprint leaves onto the branches.




I found this super cute footprint turkey craft on the Crafty Morning website and just had to do it with my crew!  



My crew did an amazing job on their turkey drawings!


Mrs. Duck and Mr. Turkey

Mrs. duck went to visit Mr. Turkey
And she walked with a wobble, wobble, wobble
She said, "How do you do?" to Mr. Turkey
And he answered with a, "Gobble, gobble, gobble!"


Always on Thanksgiving
Sung to "Frere Jacques"

We eat turkey, we eat turkey
Oh so good, oh so good
Always on Thanksgiving, always on Thanksgiving
Yum, yum, yum.  Yum, yum, yum.

Mashed potatoes, mashed potatoes
Oh so good, oh so good
Always on Thanksgiving, always on Thanksgiving
Yum, yum, yum.  Yum, yum, yum.

Yellow corn, yellow corn
Oh so good, oh so good
Always on Thanksgiving, always on Thanksgiving
Yum, yum, yum.  Yum, yum, yum.

Apple pie, apple pie
Oh so good, oh so good
Always on Thanksgiving, always on Thanksgiving
Yum, yum, yum.  Yum, yum, yum.
(children can add their favourite foods for more verses)


Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Fall

Fall is my absolute favourite time of year.  I love the freshness of the cool air and the beautiful colours everywhere.  Sorry for the lack of photos, but we were very busy enjoying the Autumn weather and our activities.

The past 2 weeks we explored leaves and the changes that fall brings.  On our walks. we discussed the changes we saw and gathered leaves to take back with us.  We taped some of the leaves to a stick to create a paint brush then painted fall colours onto paper with our leaf brush.  The children each chose a leaf and then the older ones filled out an information sheet on their leaf.  We painted the leaves and then pressed them onto paper to make prints.  We glued with fall coloured construction paper to create lovely cut and paste pictures.


Pretty Leaves
Pretty leaves they are falling
Falling down to the ground
When the wind blows his trumpet
See them dancing around
Tra-la-la-la-la-la-la
Tra-la-la-la-la-la
Tra-la-la-la-la-la-la
Tra-la-la-la-la-la
Pretty leaves they are falling
Falling down to the ground
When the wind blows his trumpet
See them sitting back down.

I Like Autumn
I like to roll in the leaves,
Feel the cool breeze,
Stuff a scarecrow top to bottom!
And you can call it fall
If that's what you please,
But I say, "I like Autumn!"
A diddle-up, A diddle-up
A diddle-up a dee,
Our jackets - we're glad we brought 'em.
You can call it Fall
If that's what you please,
But I say, "I like autumn!"
I say, "I like autumn!"
~Barney~