Monday, 30 April 2012

Unifix Cubes

I love using my set of Unifix Cubes with the kids.  I have wanted to add activities for the children to use with the cubes for ages, but needed time to sit and play with my graphics so that my printouts were the same size as the cubes... well... yesterday was the day :).  I finally had time to create a template for my creations.  So, expect more unifix cubes activities to be posted in the near future!

(try saying that 4x fast!!! ;)


Sunday, 29 April 2012

Honey... Honey... Lion

Last week we planned activities around the story Honey... Honey... Lion by Jan Brett.  This is a new story to me, but quickly became another favourite from this wonderful author.  The story is simple with a great lesson on sharing.  The children enjoyed the repetitive text when the honey badger is following the honeyguide.  It's an easy story for a small group to re-enact and my crew wanted to do it over and over again so they each had a turn playing all the parts.
We made handprint lion heads which looked super cute!  I inserted each child's photo in the centre of the printable, but they can be made with just the lion head printout.


We also made a lion paper bag puppet.


My free printable today is the badger mask that the children wore during their re-enactment of the story.

                                                                   
 


Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Castles Create-A-Sentence

Just a quick message today... off to watch Survivor soon... although not sure why because I'm so disappointed in it this time around... could the people be less strategic!  I'm hoping for a big turn-a-round tonight to redeem the season. 

I had a request for a princess version of the create-a-sentence game.  Here's a medieval or fairy tale version... enjoy!



Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Liebster Blog Award

I would like to thank Rose from "The Kids Place" for giving me the Liebster Blog Award. 


The award goes to blogs with less than 200 followers.  I'm pretty new to the blogging world and have found that it can quickly become addicting!  I currently do not frequent any blogs with fewer than 200 followers, but promise to update this post when I come across one of those awesome and deserving blogs that I know are out there.

As promised, I said I would update when I found a blog for the award... well... drum roll please... check out Kroger's Kindergarten for great ideas and printables!

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Super Sunday

What a great day - enjoying a nice relaxing Sunday.  Spent the day yesterday in downtown Toronto which was a lot of fun, but so nice to just kick back at home today.  I have been working on my jk program for the fall so will be posting games as I create them.  I hope you can use them with your crew as well.




Friday, 20 April 2012

Create-A-Sentence

It's Friday!  Not much going on here, but really enjoying the beautiful weather we've been having this week.  I created this little game to go with a pond theme.  I will be working on other create-a-sentence activities for addtional themes in the future... enjoy!


Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Hedgie's Surprise

We are continuing our Jan Brett unit with Hedgie's Surprise... an adorable story about a hen who wants to save her eggs from the Tomten who keep stealing them for breakfast.  The hero of the story is everyone's favourite hedgehog.... Hedgie. 

Read Jan Brett's newsnotes about the story.

I found this hen craft on net.  I love using the children's handprints for the wings and comb.  I didn't use paper plates though, we just cut 2 different sized circles from white construction paper.  Here's another handprint hen craft that is really cute.  We also made cute little chicks for Henny. 

The children painted chicks and then dictated a story to me.


Here is another cute chick craft that I really liked.
We made pom pom hedgehogs.  This craft would go with most of Jan Brett's books as Hedgie is in so many of them.
Of course we had to do The Chicken Dance

Searching for songs to go with our unit, I came across this way too cute Spring Chicken song.

Spring Chicken
 
One mother hen sat on 4 little eggs
Keeping them warm in her little egg nest
Then one day she heard a crack
And a little voice said, as the egg was hatched;
I’m… a…spring chicken
I’m yellow and small
My feathers are fluffy
And they’re keeping me warm
My legs are not long
S o I’ll never be tall
But I’m a real spring chicken
And I’m having a ball!
Chicken I’m a chicken, I’m a havin’ a ball!

One mother hen sat on 3 little eggs
Keeping them warm in her little egg nest
Then one day she fell asleep
And a little voice said in a whispered tweet
I’m… a…spring chicken
I’m yellow and small
My feathers are fluffy
And they’re keeping me warm
My legs are not long
So I’ll never be tall
But I’m a real spring chicken
And I’m having a ball!
Chicken I’m a chicken, I’m a havin’ a ball!

One mother hen sat on 2 little eggs
Keeping them warm in her little egg nest
Then one day she moved about
And a little voice said, as a chick popped out
I’m… a…spring chicken
I’m yellow and small
My feathers are fluffy
And they’re keeping me warm
My legs are not long
So I’ll never be tall
But I’m a real spring chicken
And I’m having a ball!
Chicken I’m a chicken, I’m a havin’ a ball!

One mother hen sat on 1 little egg
Keeping it warm in her little egg nest
Then one day she gave a sigh
And a little voice said, “SURPRISE! SURPRISE!!”
I’m… a…spring chicken
I’m yellow and small
My feathers are fluffy
And they’re keeping me warm
My legs are not long
So I’ll never be tall
But I’m a real spring chicken
And I’m having a ball!
Chicken I’m a chicken, I’m a havin’ a ball!

~ by Mark and Helen Johnson ~

We also used a song I created to learn the names of the chicken family.  I use this song for all the animal families and it really helps the children learn the correct names for Mom, Dad, and baby.

The Chicken Family
Sung to: "The Farmer in the Dell"

The Mommy chicken's a hen
The Mommy chicken's a hen
The Mommy chicken, the Mommy chicken
The Mommy chicken's a hen.

The Daddy chicken's a rooster
The Daddy chicken's a rooster
The Daddy chicken, the Daddy chicken
The Daddy chicken's a rooster.

The baby chicken's a chick
The baby chicken's a chick
The baby chicken, the baby chicken
The baby chicken's a chick.

~ by Ruth ~

Test how well the children were listening to the story with these comprehension worksheets - page 1 and page 2.

Print Hedgie's Surprise bookmarks from Jan's site.  I love the one with Hedgie and Henny!

Jan Brett has also posted some colouring pages to go with the story:
Henny!
The mischief-maker of the story... the Tomten refusing his porridge.
Here is Goosey-Goosey with her goslings.
Children can colour Hedgie with the strawberry surprise.
Henny's adorable chicks.

I created a life cycle of a chicken poster and worksheet printout.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Frog Trace and Paste Worksheets

What a wonderful Saturday here.  I am exhausted though - woke up at 3, woke kitty up at 4 (not on purpose) so she decided it was payback and woke me up at 4:30, 5:00, and 6:30!  Of course, being a kitty, she slept most of the day where I had a bunch of errands and a visit to the dentist to contend with! 

I wanted to share the worksheets I created to go along with the frog theme resources.




Friday, 13 April 2012

Frog Sequence Cards

Happy Friday!  Carrying on with the frog theme, I created these sequence cards.  Children place the cards in a circle to create the life cycle.... Enjoy! 



Thursday, 12 April 2012

Frog Life Cycle Worksheet

Wow, I can't believe it's Thursday already... been a very busy week here!  They keep calling for rain, but so far the weather has held and we've been able to enjoy outside time every day.  I'm loving the cooler temperatures that we are supposed to be having this time of year.  Here is a little frog life cycle worksheet to go along with the emergent reader previously posted.




Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Frog Emergent Reader

I love frogs... there are so many reasons to... first off, they never fail to make me smile, then there's the sound they make, and their unpredictable leaps, and hey... even their disgusting diets keep those pesky flies away!  But the number one reason to love frogs... KERMIT!  He was always my favourite character on Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. 
Over the next week or so, I will be posting some frog resources and printables.  Enjoy!



Monday, 9 April 2012

Today I Saw a Robin

Hey everyone - hope you all had a happy Easter and the bunny left goodies for you all!  Found a cute little robin craft on the net.  We added to the craft by making nests from paper bags - so easy... just scrunch down the bag to form the nest and then glue on strips of brown paper (and/or wool).  Would be a great addition to make paper maché eggs (or wooden eggs) and paint them to add to the nest.





Here are two of our favourite robin songs...

Today I Saw A Robin
Today I saw a robin
Singing in a tree
And this is what that robin
Said to me
Cheerly, cheerly, cheerly
Cheerly, cheerly chee
I'm a happy robin red breast
Singing in a tree.

Robin in the Rain
Robin in the rain, such a saucy fellow
Robin in the rain, mind your socks of yellow
Running in the garden on your nimble feet
Digging for your dinner with your long strong beak.

Robin in the rain, you don't mind the weather
Showers always make you gay
Bet the worms are wishing you had stayed at home
Robin on a rainy day - Don't get your feet wet.
Robin on a rainy day!
~Raffi~