Wednesday, May 22, 2013

If You Give EAKs Fun Friday...

We've been really busy in EAK the past few weeks preparing for Open House! We read "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Numeroff, which of course led us to read about five of her other books! The kids fell in love with the silly animals who just kept wanting one thing after another! 
We were so inspired by the silly stories, we decided to make one of our own! Here's a glimpse of Room 26's "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie":

"If you give a pig a paper, then it will want a crayon."
By Ryland
"If you give a unicorn a dress then it will want a bow."
 By Jayselle

"If you give a penguin a paper then it will want paint."
 By Leiana

On a side note, the kids have been loving the beautiful San Diego weather! The boys are currently obsessed with basketball and soccer, while the girls can't keep their hands off of hula hoops!

We started something new called "Fun Friday." If the kids have been rockstars (which my kiddos tend to be the majority of the time) all week long, they get an extra 20 minutes of free play. I usually break out the bubbles, chalk and play dough to make things extra exciting and the kids love it!
Zach brought in his mini golf set for sharing
and was sweet enough to let the other kids give it a try

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Where The Wild Things Are

Last week we read Maurice Sendak's "Where The Wild Things Are." My little smarties were able to identify the character, setting, main idea, as well as the problem and solution. 

After reading the story, we wrote able what we do when we feel wild. I made a HUGE list as the kids shouted out hilarious things. The kids chose from our class list and then wrote about it. They made these adorable Max faces to go with their writing.
"When I feel wild I...jump on my bed." -Taryn

"When I feel wild I...roll around on the floor." -Vanessa

"When I feel wild I...pretend I am a robot." -Brett

"When I feel wild I...laugh a lot." -Aiesha

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

We Speak For the Trees

 I introduced my smart kiddos to digraphs last week. We've learned "ch" and "sh" so far. Every digraph is an "H Brother" and the kids can't get enough of them! With the help of these silly brothers, my kiddos have been able to read and write more and more words!

This week we've been learning all about our Earth to gear up for Earth Day next Monday. We've been reading "The Lorax" and made these adorable crafts to go with it. We made an anchor chart about different way we can love our Earth and then chose one to write about.

In Language Arts, we've been learning about characters, setting, main idea, problem and solution. When you read a story with your child, take the opportunity to ask them about all of these things and see how smart they are!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Kites & Bunnies

 In the spirit of spring, some of our awesome moms helped us make these adorable spring bunny crafts! It's a bunny hiding in the tall grass. The kids never miss out on the opportunity to get covered in paint!
"My kite is flying over the garden." -Jayselle
March is the perfect time to fly a kite! Before writing about kites, we reviewed the right kind of weather we needed to fly a kite and then we got to watch Miss Clark make a complete fool of herself while attempting to fly a kite for us! Fortunately, Miss Moncada, the Spanish teacher, was outside with her kids and helped Miss Clark get the kite off the ground. It resulted in the kids chanting "Miss Clark! Miss Clark!" I love how encouraging my kids are!
"My kite is flying over school." -Leya
After flying our awesome Spongebob kite, we went back inside and brainstormed some places where our kites could fly. The kids had to complete the sentence frame: "My kits is flying over ______." They chose a place and then drew a picture of their kite. Some of them got really creative and I love how they turned out!

On Friday, we celebrated spring with Bunny Day! The kids made bunny ears that said "Miss Clark's Funny Bunnies." Naturally, I had to force the majority to keep them on at least for our egg hunt because they just looked too cute!

The kids had a blast hunting for eggs around the kindergarten playground. Everyone got two eggs and I'm proud to say no tears were shed! We've really been working on being good friends to each other and I couldn't be more proud of my little funny bunnies for helping their friends find eggs.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

A Little Bit of Green

Yesterday was CRAZY! We walked into our classroom being completely covered with shamrocks, glitter and over-turned chairs! We found a note from Larry the Leprechaun and he led us on a treasure hunt to find his got of gold. The kids had a blast!

A special note from Larry!

Larry left us special shamrock shaped name tags
 that didn't last very long after recess...

Larry got into our whiteboards, markers and even
gave Leonard the Duck a shamrock on his bottom!

He turned over chairs and left our classroom a
mess while he was looking for his gold!
After running all around the school, we finally found
the gold under Miss Clark's desk!

Clue #1

 Here are the clues from our crazy treasure hunt Larry sent us on!

Clue #2

Clue #4

Clue #3

Clue #5

Exhausted but so happy to have yummy popsicles!
The day got even crazier with the Jog-A-Thon! The kids had a blast running. Our top runners were Ryland and Taryn, who both ran 5 laps! On a personal note, I had a blast spraying them with a squirt bottle on the side line :)

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Weather & Writing

This week we learned all about weather! We started off by reading "Little Cloud" by Eric Carle. Throughout the story, little cloud changes into many different things. After reading the story, I gave the kids six options of things their cloud could change into. They cut out the shape of what they chose and covered it with white paper their had teared to add a magical, cloud effect. I love how they turned out!
"My little cloud changed into a rocketship." By Sofia

"My little cloud changed into a dog." By Jaeden

"My little cloud changed into a flower." By Allison

     We also learned about rainbows. I taught my kids the colors of the rainbow using this fabulous guy: ROY G. BIV. The kids thought he was hilarious with his spiky rainbow hair! Most of my kids had never heard of indigo and violet so his crazy hair and name definitely came in handy! 
      After learning all of the colors of the rainbow, we made our own rainbows, labeled with the appropriate color.

     Yesterday was a BIG day in EAK! We have been talking about authors and illustrators for a while now but yesterday was the first day I introduced journals to my kiddos. We first chose a topic, families. The kids helped me chart different members of the family: mom, dad, brother, sister, baby, aunt, uncle, cousins, grandma and grandpa.
     I modeled how to pick one person from their family they wanted to draw and write about, then let them lose and I was so proud of the results! We are officially authors and illustrators!!
"I like my mom." By Aiesha

"I like my dad." By Ryland

"I like my cousin." By Leya

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Dr. Seuss Week

We started off Dr. Seuss week by reading one of my all time favorite books, "Green Eggs and Ham." I contemplated making green eggs and ham but decided to spare my kids! Instead, we made our own green eggs and ham.

We read "Horton Hears A Who" and made these adorable Horton ears to show off around Jamacha!

Brett's mom stopped by in the morning to read to us!

Room 26 celebrating Read Across America Day!

Zachary's mom, brother and baby sister stopped by to read to us!