Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a great book to use for discussions about  the days of the week, healthy vs. unhealthy foods, and life cycles (butterflies). 
This past week we commemorated the 45th Anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by creating a rhyming caterpillar inside of our classroom (pics below)

So proud of our Pre-kinders for independently creating and writing  rhyming pairs 


Great Work!! If I do say so my self!
           

I also added a teacher made VHCP counting book to the math/manipulative center. 
The purpose of this activity is to count with understanding and connect number words /symbols to the objects they represent. 
Common Core objective K.CC.B.4
Check out my TPT page to get a copy!!!

Until next time,
S.Mc-Alston







Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Green Everything

Yesterday we celebrated St. Patrick's Day in such a great way!!! The kids came running into the classroom because they saw the door decorations from the hall (simple but effective)!
They soon realized that someone (Mr. Leprechaun) turned the water in the sensory table, the hand soap and the milk green!


He even hid shamrocks all over the room! He was so intentional!! :)hehe - pictures were on 10 shamrocks and the other 10 shamrocks contained the beginning letter (sound). Great matching activity!


for a craft activity he left gold noodles for stringing!

Wow, and even after all of his generosity :) we found the pot of GOLD! 
Hugs and Kisses to Mr. L on a job well done!!



Monday, March 10, 2014

Who doesn't like a celebration

The long snowy winter did not hinder us from celebrating all the wonderful events we'd planned, even if the celebration was delayed by one day or one week due to snow days......

100 DAYS OF SCHOOL

We used counting mats and then transferred the 100 items to a 100 day craft

RAINBOW TEA
   The rainbow tea is a family event which celebrates the end of our color unit. Families volunteer to bring in something edible for the colors of the rainbow...

                                                                                                            
INTERNATIONAL DAY
We celebrated international day with a field trip to Kabutos 

READ ACROSS AMERICA/DR. SEUSS'S BIRTHDAY
Cat and the Hat
 
Green Eggs and Ham
Celebrations brought sunshine to our cold days!!!!!
Mc-Alston


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Dreaming Big : Dr. Martin Luther King


Even four and five year olds can grasp the concepts of which Dr. Martin Luther King advocated for.. We decorated our bulletin board in honor of his dream...
boarder 



                                           

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Parents are our VIPS!

The two things I love most about my career are
1. children and
2. families
without either there would be no need for teachers

We try to provide enriching,fun parent/ child activities  at least once a month in our classroom.The purpose of this is to get the entire family envolved and excited about learning. In this busy, fast pace world that we live in, it is necessary for educators to lure parents into their child's world  (if only for a brief moment) through field trips, cultural experienecs, or muffins for mom. Usually at the end of one of our VIP (Very Important Parent) events, we evaluate its success by the number of smiling faces we see...

Parents compete in a piñata making contest during our piñata celebration


Piñatas were made from recycled materials
  





(Below) winter wonderland celebration 

Pattern wreath

Marshmallow  Snowman


                                                 


Enjoying our VIP's


Friday, January 3, 2014

Five for Friday : Linky Party

December was a very busy and awesome month for me! Lots of family time!! To start the new year off right, as it pertains to the blog world, I am linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for five for Friday's.
1
Winter vacation is over for the kiddos on Monday, but I do not report back until Tuesday! I took off an extra day in celebration of my 40th Birthday (which was New Years Day)
Yay, me!



2. 
Enjoyed a beautiful light show (Charlotte Motor Speedway)





3. 
I ran my first half marathon before the holiday break!

4.
My husband was able to be  home with us for 1 full week :) (without working)!!

5.
My prekinders are going ice skating for the first time next week

Enjoy your 1st week back, I'm actually looking forward to it! ;)



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Simple Measurement Tool

Yarn as a measuring tool?
Yes, we used yarn to measure our height at birth vs our current height. Each child was given a mock birth announcement to complete with their parents. The next day the kiddos were so excited to share their birth information with the class!! 
 We than used a measuring tape to measure and cut pieces of yarn to fit their birth height. Each child was able to stand to see how much they had grown from birth, their expressions were priceless.  It was thrilling to see students measuring each other with their strands of yarn. We than gathered the yarn and birth announcements to make a really cool display for the rest of the school to enjoy. Vocabulary for this activity: compare, longer, taller, shorter, measure, length
Standards:
  • CCSS.Math.Content.K.MD.A.1 Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.
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  • Goal CD-11 :Use descriptive language for size, length, or weight (short, tall, long, heavy, big).