Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lisa: Are you ready for your holiday break?  I am!  Our students' last day is this Thursday and then the staff has a PLC day on Friday.  Our Birthday Celebration of Songs program is Thursday afternoon so we've been spending time rehearsing our music.  If you didn't see our hats and sticks, check out our last blog post. 

Linda:  My granddaughter's preschool class had their Christmas Program this morning with a party afterwards.  It's so much fun to watch these little ones on the stage waving and shouting hi to their parents!  
Here's a tray of cute Santa snacks made with grapes, slices of bananas, large strawberries, and a small marshmallow on a long lollipop stick.  They were a big hit with the kids!  The mom who made them said she trimmed a little off the grape so the banana slice will fit more closely.  What a great healthy snack!


Three Billy Goats Gruff

We like to leave for our break with all our plans ready to January - who doesn't??   Of course we love making books with our kids and one of the simplest ones to do when we come back from break is our Three Billy Goats Gruff book.  It's easy to prep and gets the students back into the swing of things!   They love this puppet book with a bridge on it and we use it for retelling and sequencing skills.  
The picture on the left shows our students copying the words from the white board.  Some of the children don't need to copy and write the words on their own.   The photo on the right is Lisa's class doing a final group reading of the book before taking it home. 

To encourage working together and problem solving skills, we have the children create bridges with classroom building materials.  We have tiny troll dolls that are about 2" tall and the children have to build a bridge high enough for the troll to live under it!  We group the children into sets of 3 or 4 and give them about 30 minutes to build one bridge with a tub of materials that we have selected.
Working with friends and legos

  Then we take photos of them with their bridges and give each group one piece of construction paper to work together to draw one picture of their bridge for a book.  Oh, my!  That can be a problem for some!  They want to do their own drawings and have to adjust to working with others to produce just one!  
Enjoy these troll bridges! 
Here's a lego bridge and a Lincoln Log bridge.
Some materials are easier to use than others!
These two groups had to use the same attribute blocks but look at the different bridges they created!
You can find our Three Billy Goats Gruff book on TpT or our own shopping cart.  And watch for a writing journal to be added to it soon!  
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Merry Christmas!

Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 5, 2014

December Special Events!

Have you entered the 12 Days of   
   Christmas giveaway yet?
ESGI is drawing one winner a day for the 12 Days of Christmas.  Each winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the store of a blogger/seller plus a free 1-year subscription to the ESGI assessment program.  You can win a gift certificate to our KinderLit store on Day 7 - that's this Sunday so hurry and enter!  Check out the link on the right side!  Good luck!

❄ 12 Months of the Year
Lisa:  My class is getting ready for the best holiday program!  In preparation of the New Year, we learn the names of the months and then have a parent program on the last day before vacation.  We are learning a different song for each month and the children are collaging hats and signs to hold during their show, corresponding to their birthday month! 

We try to use songs that are part of our Music teacher's curriculum rather than work hard to find our own!  For instance, January's song is "Oh, It Snowed Last Night."  

Everyone who has a January birthday creates a snowman collage for their hat and sign.  

Here's a few samples:
Six Little Ducks for April.  The teachers or parent volunteers cut out the hats and glitter the names beforehand.

Thank you, Home Depot, for contributing paint stirrers for our show!

"Will You Be My Valentine?" and "Jack-o-Lantern" samples
❄ Our gift to you!
Linda: Of course our students will be creating a KinderLit book about the 12 months of the year!  We read Twelve Hats for Lena by Karen Katz and then make a page a day in our student books.  And during our writer's workshop, we work on that month's page, finding words in our room for the month.  

Beginning today, you can purchase this KinderLit book that includes the journal for 50% off! This special ends Monday at midnight so buy yours now!  It's also a fun book to make in January when you return from the holidays.  

 This sale is good on TpT and our website

Teacher Gifts - the best and the worst!
Fellow bloggers, Jonathan and Lisa Stephans, recently asked other bloggers what were some of the best and worse gifts they received from students.  Check out the answers, ours included, on their blog, Created for Learning!

 Free From TpT!!! 
Many teacher-sellers on TpT have contributed tips and free products for a special Winter Holidays eBook for PK-K.  It's is ready for you to download!  Get your own version here - KinderLit is on page 34, but make sure you check out all the pages!

There's also a version for Grades 1 - 2: 

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