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~

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

All About Me

Another school year has begun and we are back into the swing of things.  This year I have planned a literature rich theme based curriculum for my crew.  The older children are participating in a preschool or kindergarten program as well.

With 2 recent arrivals into the program, I decided to start the year off with an All About Me theme so we can all get to know each other a little better.  

I printed the All About Me books that I created and previously posted on my blog and we have been filling in the pages during craft and activity time.

The children have also been busy decorating the room with their painting and gluing pictures.  


Monday, 15 August 2016

Circus Fun

This summer has absolutely flown by.  I worked part time this year and loved having long weekends throughout the summer months.  we enjoyed a circus theme - I had a younger crew this summer and we explored all aspects of the circus.  You can find ideas for this them in my 2012 posts...

Circus Game (to print)

Clown Craft (free template)

Juggling Clown Counting Mat

Elephants

Circus Cake Toppers

We had so much fun at our backyard carnival end of summer program party!  Here are some of the stations that I set up ...

Bowling (6 pin bowling set)




Ball in a Bucket - I filled buckets of various sizes with water and set them up small to large.  Children tossed balls into the buckets.



Floating Ball Toss Game - I had the water table set up with rings and small plastic golf balls for tossing.  The children tried to get the ball in the rings.



Bottle Toss - The children tossed rings onto bottles which were secured in a box with seperated cardboard to keep the bottles from topping over.



Horse Shoes - A child's plastic game of horse shoes was set up.



Lawn Darts - A hula hoop and children's darts (they are rounded at the end like a ball).  Children tossed the darts into the hoop.



Ball Toss - I decorated mini pringle cans with construction paper and star stickers then set them up in a pyramid for the children to knock over.



Stilts - I had children's walking stilts (they look like upside down buckets with string attached) for the children to use.



I printed this template (scroll just past 1/2 way down the page) onto construction paper and the children decorated the frame with dot stickers.  I printed clown photos of each child to glue onto their frame for a keepsake of our Circus Summer.


We also had 2 birthdays to celebrate that day and a good-bye party... whew... it was one busy but fun day!

I am currently gearing up for my fall program to start after Labour Day.  Stay tuned for lots of fun activities and ideas.  Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Friday, 17 June 2016

The Tree That Grew To The Moon

Our activities over the past couple of weeks have been planned utilizing the book The Tree That Grew to the Moon by Eugenie Fernandes.

Week 1
The first week we explored trees and how they grow.  I used this week to introduce our unit on living and non-living things.

The children created handprint trees.  We stamped the trunk and branches using the children's hand and arm print.  When dry, the children added construction paper pieces for the leaves.  



The children drew trees.

There was a hole,
In the middle of the ground
.
The prettiest hole,
That you ever did see.

And the hole in the ground,
And the green grass grew all around, all around,
And the green grass grew all around.

And in this hole,
There was a tree.
The prettiest tree,
That you ever did see.

And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the ground,
And the green grass grew all around, all around,
And the green grass grew all around.

And on this tree,
There was a branch.
The prettiest branch,
That you ever did see.

And the branch on the tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the ground,
And the green grass grew all around, all around,
And the green grass grew all around.

And on this branch,
There was a nest.
The prettiest nest,
That you ever did see.

And the nest on the branch,
And the branch on the tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the ground,
And the green grass grew all around, all around,
And the green grass grew all around.

And in this nest,
There was an egg.
The prettiest egg,
That you ever did see.

And the egg in the nest,
And the nest on the branch,
And the branch on the tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the ground,
And the green grass grew all around, all around,
And the green grass grew all around.

And in this egg,
There was a bird.
The prettiest bird,
That you ever did see.

And the bird in the egg,
And the egg in the nest,
And the nest on the branch,
And the branch on the tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the ground,
And the green grass grew all around, all around,
And the green grass grew all around.

Snag this freebie I created... Living and Non-Living Things Lapbook

 Week 2
The second week, we explored space concentrating on the moon and earth.

They made construction paper sun pictures.



We made moon pictures.  I found the idea on this website.  We added flour to white paint to create the moon and then stamped in the craters.



We watched the you tube video Life On The International Space Station as a spring board to our gravity experiments.

During outdoor play, I drew a sun and earth's orbit on the ground with chalk.  One child was the sun and the others took turns being the earth moving around the sun.  This was a great way to visualize that the earth moves and introduce the concept of day and night as well as the seasons.

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Zoom, zoom, zoom
We're going to the moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We're going to the moon
If you'd like to take a trip
Step inside my rocket ship
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We're going to the moon.

(We role played going to the moon and hunting for moon rocks - polished stones I had hidden around the room - then we boarded our ships and headed back to Earth)

Zoom, zoom, zoom
We're leaving the moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We're leaving the moon
If you'd like to take a trip
Step inside my rocket ship
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We're heading back to Earth.




Wednesday, 8 June 2016

The Carrot Seed

I introduced a plant unit with the book The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss.  This is such a fun and simple book for the children to actively participate in.  

We made handprint carrots.  The children painted the carrot template and when dry, glued it onto another piece of paper.  They then stamped their handprint for the leaves.






We made stuffed felt carrots which we used to retell the story.





We studied plants and how they grow and planted a mini farm.




 I printed this sequencing activity for the children.  We used the sheet while reading the story and then afterwards, they coloured the pictures.

Our Country Road Montessori has additional activities based on the book.

We retold the story in song...

The Carrot Seed

One day a little boy planted a carrot seed.

A carrot grows from carrot seeds
I planted one to grow it
I watered it
I pulled the weeds
Carrots grow from carrot seeds.

Every day the little boy watered his plant and pulled the weeds.
His Mother came to look and said, "It won't come up."
And the little boy answered...

A carrot grows from carrot seeds
I planted one to grow it
I watered it
I pulled the weeds
Carrots grow from carrot seeds.

The boy continued to care for his carrot seed by watering it and pulling the weeds.
His Father came to look and said, "It won't come up."
And the little boy answered...

A carrot grows from carrot seeds
I planted one to grow it
I watered it
I pulled the weeds
Carrots grow from carrot seeds.

The boy continued to care for his carrot seed by watering it and pulling the weeds.
His brother came to look and said,  "It won't come up."
And the little boy answered...

A carrot grows from carrot seeds
I planted one to grow it
I watered it
I pulled the weeds
Carrots grow from carrot seeds.

Then one day 'pop' the carrot started to grow.
Just like the little boy knew it would BECAUSE...

A carrot grows from carrot seeds
I planted one to grow it
I watered it
I pulled the weeds
Carrots grow from carrot seeds.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Big Bad Fish

We had so much fun with the activities planned around this week's book: Look Out For The Big Bad Fish by Sheridan Cain.

The children explored the life cycle of a frog.

We made sock tadpoles.  I got the idea from Danielle's Place.  I bought green ankle socks at the dollar store.  We cut the open end into a triangle shape and stuffed the toe part with batting then added a piece of felt between the pieces before using a glue gun to close.  We then added googly eyes.  They turned out super cute and were fun to use when retelling the story.






We made these awesome Big Bad Fish puppets.  I cut a 2 fish shapes from yellow felt.  The children added blue felt stripes. felt fins, and googly eyes to their fish shapes.  We closed the pieces together leaving the bottom open for their hand to go in.



The children drew tadpoles and frogs.







The children made a life cycle 'clock' using a paper plate and a brad to move the arrow.




We painted paper plates and added bulgy eyes using egg carton cups.



5 Green and Speckled Frogs
5 green and speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs - yum, yum
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are 4 green, speckled frogs - glub, glub
4 green and speckled frogs... etc
3 green and speckled frogs... etc
2 green and speckled frogs... etc
1 green and speckled frog
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs - yum, yum
He jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are no green, speckled frogs - glub, glub!

There Once Was a Little Green Frog
There once was a little green frog, frog, frog
Who sat in the woods on a log, log, log
A screech owl sitting in a tree, tree, tree
Came after the frog with a scree, scree, screech
When the frog heard the owl in a flash, flash, flash
He leaped in the pond with a splash, splash, splash!

Frogs Grow And Change
Sung to: Froggie Went A Courtin
Did you know frogs grow and change
Uh-huh, uh-huh
Did you know frogs grow and change
Uh-huh, uh-huh
A tadpole is a baby frog; it moves its tail to swim along
Uh-huh, uh-huh
The back legs are the first to grow
Uh-huh, uh-huh
The back legs are the first to grow
Uh-huh, uh-huh
The back legs are the first to grow; then its front legs start to show
Uh-huh, uh-huh
It climbs onto the land that's near
Uh-huh, uh-huh
It climbs onto the land that's near
Uh-huh, uh-huh
It climbs onto the land that's near; now its tail can disappear
Uh-huh, uh-huh
The frog's legs grow big and strong
Uh-huh, uh-huh
The frog's legs grow big and strong
Uh-huh, uh-huh
The frog's legs grow big and strong; it uses them to hop along
Uh-huh, uh-huh.

Ga Goo
Ga goo went the little green frog one day
Ga goo, Ga goo
Ga goo went the little green frog one day
Ga goo, Ga goo
And his eyes went rolly polly
Well you know frogs don't
La-de-da-de-da., la-de-da-de-da., la-de-da-de-da,
Well you know frogs don't
La-de-da-de-da - They never go Ga Goo!

I highly recommend this story... it is a super fun read and a great way to learn about the life cycle of a frog.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Come Along Daisy

Daisy is such a fun little duck that kids can relate to.  We read several of the books in the series by Jane Simmons, but focused our activities on Come Along Daisy and Daisy And The Egg.

You can find printable Daisy activities here.

I hatched from an egg matching game is available for free on my website.

We made handprint Daisy ducks.





Duck paper bag puppets - the children chose to make Daisy or Pip.



Here are the templates... I printed the top on yellow construction paper and the beaks on orange construction paper.  Construction paper fits nicely in your printer if you trim it to size using a standard sheet as a guide.







Little Yellow Duck
Adapted for story by changing 'White' to 'Yellow'

There's a little yellow duck
Swimming in the water
A little yellow duck
Doing what he ought-a
He took a bite of a lily pad
Flapped his wings and he said, "I'm glad
I'm a little yellow duck swimming in the water.
Quack, quack, quack!"

There's a little green frog
Swimming in the water
A little green frog
Doing what he ought-er
He jumped right off of the lily pad
That the little duck bit and he said, "I’m glad
I’m a little green frog
Swimming in the water.
Ribbet, ribbet, ribbet!"

There's a little black bug
Swimming in the water
A little black bug
Doing what he ought-er
He tickled the frog on the lily pad vThat the little duck bit and he said, "I’m glad
I’m a little black bug
Swimming in the water
Blug, blug, blug!"

There's a little red snake
Sneaking through the water
A little red snake
Doing what he ought-er
He frightened the duck and the frog so bad
He ate up the the bug and he said, "I’m glad
I’m a little red snake
Sneaking through the water
Ssss, Ssss, Ssss!"

Now there’s nobody left
Swimming in the water,
Nobody left doing what they ought-er
There’s nothing left but the lily pad
The duck and the frog swam away
I’m sad
Now there’s nobody left
Swimming in the water.
"Boo, hoo, hoo!"

Little Duck
Sung to: Yankee Doodle

Once there was a little duck who lived down by the lake.
Her mother had to quack for her
Cause she was always late.
Quack, quack , quack, quack, quack, quack , quack!
Hurry don’t be late!
Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack!
Don’t make your mother wait!


Monday, 16 May 2016

Crunch the Crocodile

The kids really love the chanting of this greedy, but cowardly crocodile.

Crunch and munch
Crunch and munch
My name is Crunch 
And I want my lunch!

Crunch the Crocodile by Josephine Croser is a lovely story about a peaceful river that is home to many wonderful animals whose lives are disrupted by a loud and greedy crocodile.  They come together to rid themselves of the bully of the river and are cheered on by the children as they carry out their plan.

We discovered a lot of cool information about crocodiles.

The children made snapping crocodiles.  Print the template on card paper.  We painted ours - I just blocked out the teeth areas when they were painting.  When dry, glue on googly eyes and then attach the top and bottom to a clothespin so the children can snap the jaws open and closed.  These were lots of fun to use during the telling of the story!





Template makes 2 snapping crocodiles:




The children made Crunch stick puppets from this printout.




I created a couple of worksheets for my crew.  Enjoy the freebies!