Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Zones of Regulation

So this year my school has started implementing the Zones of Regulation. At first I wasn't too sure about it but the more I have gotten to know my students and read the Zones of Regulation the more I like it. My friends in my class really need the extra support to help them learn about different emotions, recognize how they are feeling, recognize how others are feeling and a variety of tools to help them regulate their feelings. They especially need extra support in how to react to how they are feeling. I have found that the lessons in the Zones of Regulation book at not as early education friendly. I have began typing up my lessons and creating supplements for the Zones. You can check it out here. So far my kiddos are really enjoying it.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The letter Hh & Sorting Shapes

We had a busy week this week learning about the letter Hh, how to write the letter Hh, the sound for the letter Hh and brainstorming things that begin with the letter Hh.
Our letter Hh word tree
Our circle maps of things that begin with the letter Hh.
Our chant: Hh says /Hh/, Hh says /Hh/. Every letter makes a sound and Hh says /Hh/.
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Here are a few books we read this week.
This week we continued to practice sorting by colour, shape and size. Size is usually the hardest for children to understand. They did so good at working on their sorting.
The children got to choose how they wanted to sort.
At math we also got to observe a pumpkin. We estimated how many cubes tall we thought the pumpkin was and then checked to see if our estimations were close.
We got to feel inside the pumpkin to pull some of the seeds and strands out. This was a funny sight!
We cut a strand of string to predict how much string it would take to fit around our pumpkin. We checked our predictions to see if we were close.
We created Our Book of Colour Words. We coloured our reader, wrote colour words and read our reader each day this week. Students worked on reading left to right and tracking (pointing to) each word as they read.

Creating with soft blocks.
Each child was so proud of their creations and they have every right to be. They used their problem solving skills to figure out how to build a better tower or building if it fell over at first. When the students created their master piece they didn't stop there. They kept on going to make their creation bigger and better.

This Friday we found an awesome tunnel kit that was unopened. Of course we opened it right away and pretended like we were creating roller coasters. The children loved this and I admit that I had fun too! I had so much fun watching their little brains work as I handed them the booklet of directions and the kit and told them that I knew they could figure out what to do on their own. They read the pictures in the manual and used trial ad error to figure out how to make these tunnels work. I was so impressed!
When the ball would get stuck we would have to use our problem solving skills.
When the listening centre finished playing the book we got to play with big blocks.
Listening to a Halloween book.
Exploring at the water table. This area is another favourite! We had so much fun creating floats and seeing which end of the tubes the water came out.
During free choice the children had fun playing house, making crafts, playing with play-doh and dressing up for pretend play.
The firefighter made a trip to the dentist.
Kitchen Area
This week and last week the children brainstormed "What a good listener looks like and sounds like". We use this chart to help us remember how to be good listeners when our friends are sharing.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Oh hey! It's me.

Hi there folks! I wish I could say that I can't believe it's been over a month since I've blogged but I totally can. After a month in my kinder & grade 2 classrooms I got notified that cuts were being made to the school and that since I was the last one in, that meant I was the first one out. Thank the Lord that when one door shut in my face another one opened. An opening at another school in the district (15 minutes away to be exact) came about so now I am teaching 2 kindergarten classes. To say things have been cray cray would be an understatement. I have been taking a decent amount of photos each week but I just haven't gotten to blog about it so that means I am playing catch up. 
This week is my blogging throw back week so I can catch up on blogging. :)
This week (meaning the week of Oct. 17th) we learned about the letter Ii. We learned that the letter Ii makes two sounds- /i/ as in inchworm and /I/ as in ice cream. We mostly focused on the short sound for the letter Ii. We also practiced writing the letter Ii and brainstorming words that begin with the letter Ii.
We made an itsy bitsy spider that wasn't so itsy.
We sorted pictures by their first sound for pictures that begin with the letter Ll, Tt, and the short sound of Ii.
In math we practiced identifying and building patterns.
We enjoyed building and using our imagination with our soft blocks.
We listened to the story The Spooky Wheels on the Bus at listening centre.
We wrote our first journal entry in our journal books. We did amazing for our first journal writing! We wrote the word igloo and drew an illustration of an igloo. Some children illustrated animals or people that they would like to see outside of their igloo.
For our first few journal entries we are focusing on handwriting in the dotted lines, identifying letters, letter sounds and creating illustrations with a setting and characters. Soon enough the children will begin to create their own sentences.
This week we also created an apple craft, observed our apples by measuring them, illustrating them and predicting if our apples would sink or float. We enjoyed tasting red, yellow and green apples. We also created a graph that shows which colour apple we thought tasted the best. At learning centres we also used the white boards to practice writing our name, letters, numbers and creating illustrations. We played with play-doh to create things and build our fine motor skills.
We also coloured and read our reader this week called Apples. The children are working on reading from left to right and pointing to each word as they read.

Friday, September 18, 2015

All About Me & Letters

This week we learned about the letter Pp and the letter Uu. We also worked on learning and writing our names as well as sorting shapes. I introduce our letter of the day with Deanna Jump's Chit-Chat Message and these Letter Picture Cards

At my guided reading table we worked on creating the letters Pp and Uu using play-doh while making the /p/ and short /u/ sound.
The children made a /p/, /p/ penguin hat on Monday for the letter Pp and an /u/, /u/ umbrella hat for the letter Uu on Wednesday. They liked wearing their hats.

 Students decorate their name puzzle, cut it apart and practice reading their name as they put their puzzle back together.

We created our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Name Tree this week. I always love how these turn out.

I started using Math Guiding Kinders this year. We are working on sorting.


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