Friday, 26 April 2013

Up, Up, And Away

This week we enjoyed learning about air transportation.  I found these super cute tube planes to make on Pinterest.



We also made paper airplanes, whirly bird helicopters, and hot air balloons.  There are so many neat ways to make hot air balloons and in the past I've made the paper maché balloon with a yogurt or dixie cup basket or used a real balloon and attached a basket with wool.  This year, I wanted to do something different and came up with the children weaving the bottom basket and decorating their balloon to create a cut and paste picture.  They did a great job!


Some songs we enjoyed this week are...


The Airplane Song

Oh, we are flying in an airplane,
Looking out the window,
Watching the clouds go by.
Flying in an airplane,
Looking out the window,
Up so very high.

Looking out the window, we can see the wings.
Down below, we see other things.
Like little tiny buildings and cars so small.
It makes me feel like I'm really tall.

Oh, we are flying in an airplane,
Looking out the window,
Watching the clouds go by.
Flying in an airplane,
Looking out the window,
Up so very high.

Pretending I'm a pilot is a lot of fun.
I think when I grow up, I really might be one.
But for now I'm just enjoying being in this plane,
Safe from the snow, and from the rain.

Oh, we are flying in an airplane,
Looking out the window,
Watching the clouds go by.
Flying in an airplane,
Looking out the window,
Up so very high.

Yes, we are flying in an airplane,
Looking out the window,
Watching the clouds go by.
Flying in an airplane,
Looking out the window,
Up so very high.

You can watch The Airplane Song on You Tube.

It is also featured in the Barney episode Up We Go.

Up, Up, And Away

Would you like to ride
In my beautiful balloon ?
Would you like to glide
In my beautiful balloon ?
We could flow among the stars
Together you and I
For we can fly
For we can fly

Up and away
In my beautiful
My beautiful balloon

The world's a nicer place
In my beautiful balloon
It wears a nicer face
In my beautiful balloon
We can sing a song
And sail along the silver sky
For we can fly
For we can fly

Up and away
In my beautiful
My beautiful balloon.


I created this game for children to review their hour and half hour times on digital and analog clocks.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Sail Away

I'd love to be able to say that I was on vacation, but 'sail away' refers to this past week's theme which was water transportation.   

It was a very busy week with lots of rain which meant we did not get out for our full active playtime and that led to a very active group during activity time so I must apologize for the lack of pictures this week.  One of my little childcare girls drew the most amazing pictures of Scuffy and I MEANT to snap a photo which didn't happen and I remembered after they had gone for the day on Friday with their crafts in tow!

We watched Scuffy the Tugboat on You Tube and also read the book which led to a discussion of some of the differences between the two that the children noticed.  One little observer even noticed that the boy has brown hair in the book and blonde in the movie!

We drew pictures of boats, made milk carton boats, and paper boats.  I always forget how to do the paper folding and found these easy to follow directions.

Some songs we enjoyed this week are...

Yellow Submarine by the Beatles - lyrics can be found on You Tube

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream.

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Ha, ha, fooled you
I'm a submarine.

My Ship Sailed From China

My ship sailed from China
With a cargo of tea
All laden with treasures
For you and for me
They brought me a fan
Just imagine my bliss
When I found myself daily
Like this, like this, like this, like this. (fan with one hand)

My ship sailed from China
With a cargo of tea
All laden with treasures
For you and for me
They brought me a fan
Just imagine my bliss
When I found myself daily
Like this, like this, like this, like this. (fan with both hands)

My ship sailed from China
With a cargo of tea
All laden with treasures
For you and for me
They brought me a fan
Just imagine my bliss
When I found myself daily
Like this, like this, like this, like this. (fan with both hands and one leg)

My ship sailed from China
With a cargo of tea
All laden with treasures
For you and for me
They brought me a fan
Just imagine my bliss
When I found myself daily
Like this, like this, like this, like this. (fan with both hands and both legs)

Fisherman's Ship

When I was one I hurt my thumb
Going over the sea
I jumped aboard a fisherman's ship
And the fisherman said to me
"Going over, going under
Stand at attention like a soldier
With a 1 - 2 - 3."

When I was two I tied my shoe
Going over the sea
I jumped aboard a fisherman's ship
And the fisherman said to me
"Going over, going under
Stand at attention like a soldier
With a 1 - 2 - 3."

When I was three I bumped my knee
Going over the sea
I jumped aboard a fisherman's ship
And the fisherman said to me
"Going over, going under
Stand at attention like a soldier
With a 1 - 2 - 3."

When I was four I shut a door
Going over the sea
I jumped aboard a fisherman's ship
And the fisherman said to me
"Going over, going under
Stand at attention like a soldier
With a 1 - 2 - 3."

When I was five I took a dive
Going over the sea
I jumped aboard a fisherman's ship
And the fisherman said to me
"Going over, going under
Stand at attention like a soldier
With a 1 - 2 - 3."

I created this boat subtraction game for my crew :)

 
 
 

Monday, 8 April 2013

All Aboard

Chugga-chugga-choo-choo... we have started our Rail unit this week.  We will be discussing passenger trains, freight trains, and subways.  Being a 'suburb' of Toronto, many of the children have been on either a Go Train (passenger commuter train) or the subway so they can relate to this unit which makes it fun... and everyone seems to love trains! 

We created trains the children can pull out of boxes and a shape train for craft.  The children are enjoying the unit and have been drawing trains during free craft time.  My daughter is on a trip so I don't have my camera here to take pictures.

I also have the Little Tikes Road and Rail system set up in the room.

Songs we are enjoying are...

I've Been Working On The Railroad

I've been working on the railroad
All the live long day
I've been working on the railroad
Just to pass the time away
Can't you hear the whistle blowing
Rise up so early in the morn
Can't you hear the whistle blowing
Dinah, blow your horn.

Dinah, won't you blow
Dinah, won't you blow
Dinah, won't you blow your hor-or-orn
Dinah, won't you blow
Dinah, won't you blow
Dinah, won't you blow your horn.

Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah
Someone's in the kitchen I know-ow-ow-ow
Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah
Strumming on her old banjo
Singing fee-fie-fiddle-i-o
Fee-fie-fiddle-i-o-o-o-o
Fee-fie-fiddle-i-oooooo
Strumming on her old banjo.

Down By The Station

Down by the station
Early in the morning
See the little pufferbellies
All in a row
See the station master
Turn the little handle
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go.

Down by the station
Early in the morning
See the shiny train cars
All in a row
Waitin' to get hitched up
And go on their adventure
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go.

Down by the station
 Early in the morning
 See my favorite engine
 Ready to tow
 All the other train cars
 Will follow on behind him
 Chug chug puff puff
 Off they go.

Down by the station
Early in the morning
Climb on aboard
And hear the whistle blow
Mr. Conductor
Please take my ticket
Chug chug puff puff
Off we go.

Train Whistle Blowing

Train whistle blowing, makes a sleepy noise
Underneath their blankets go all the girls and boys
Heading from the station, out along the bay
All bound for Morningtown, many miles away.

(Child's Name)'s at the engine, (Child's Name) rings the bell
(Child's Name) swings the lantern to show that all is well
Rocking, rolling, riding, out along the bay
All bound for Morningtown, many miles away.

Maybe it is raining where our train will ride
But all the little travelers are snug and warm inside
Somewhere there is sunshine, somewhere there is day
Somewhere there is Morningtown, many miles away.

Little Red Caboose

Little red caboose chug, chug, chug
Little red caboose chug, chug, chug
Little red caboose behind the train whoo-whoo
Smoke stack on its
Back, back, back, back
Coming down the
Track, track, track, track
Little red caboose behind the train
Last car on the end, end, end, end
Racin' round the bend, bend, bend, bend
Little red caboose behind the train.

The Little Engine That Could movie can be found on You Tube.  I have several activities planned around this story.

I created a Little Engine That Could emergent reader and a alphabet train game for the children.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Going For A Ride

We have now started our unit on transportation.  This week we are studying different types of land/road transportation.  Today the children dipped cars in black paint and painted tire tracks on paper.  Good thing they don't have licenses yet... those cars went every which way ;)!

I found this super cute Cars template.  I thought about creating a Cars stuffie instead of the change purse, but we used construction paper instead to build our cars.



I printed this 3D school bus template for the children to colour and build.

Some songs we have been enjoying this week include...

My Bicycle

I have a little bicycle
I ride it to and fro
And when I see the big green light
I know it's time to go.
I have a little bicycle
I bought it at the shop
And when I see the big red light
I know it's time to stop!

I'm A Little Piece of Tin

I'm a little piece of tin
Nobody knows where I have been
I've got 4 wheels and a running board
I'm a Ford, oh I'm a Ford
Honk, Honk, rattle, rattle, crash, beep, beep,
Honk, honk, rattle, rattle, crash, beep, beep.

At The Traffic Light 

There's a yellow car
I can see
Just a rolly, rolly, rolly, rolling down the street
And it rolls so fast
And it rolls so sweet
Just a rolly, rolly, rolly, rolling down the street.

Well I looked to my left and I looked to my right
There's a fire truck at the traffic light.

There's a fire truck
I can see
Just a rolly, rolly, rolly, rolling down the street
And it rolls so fast
And it rolls so sweet
Just a rolly, rolly, rolly, rolling down the street.

Well I looked to my left and I looked to my right
There's a motorcycle at the traffic light.

There's a motorcycle
I can see
Just a rolly, rolly, rolly, rolling down the street
And it rolls so fast
And it rolls so sweet
Just a rolly, rolly, rolly, rolling down the street.

Continue with other vehicles that the children come up with.