Thursday, January 24, 2013

Bears & Birthdays

Week 3 is coming to an end and boy, have we learned a lot this week!

 Here are some pictures of our friends playing on the playground. Every morning the first things my little friends ask me is when recess and lunch are. They LOVE swinging on the swings, digging in the sandbox & going on the monkey bars!

All of our friends have to turn 5 by the middle of March so we've been celebrating a lot of birthdays lately! Our class definitely doesn't mind chowing down on tasty treats twice a week!

 We've been focusing on the color red this week. Today we chose one thing that was red and drew a picture of it. We had a lot of friends choose to draw apples and balls.

This week we're learning the letters c and d. The kids came up with words that started with each letter. They were very gracious when it came to my drawings and kept reminding me that it didn't matter what they looked like as long as I was doing my best. I'm glad they're remembering some things I've taught them :)

 In math we've been learning the number 3 and about squares. The kids have an adorable dance for Sammy the Square. 

 In celebration of Martin Luther King Day, we wrote and drew about our own dreams. We had a lot of friends dream for everyone in the world to be happy.

In science we've been learning about winter. We learned about how cold weather effects both people and animals. We learned about how some animals need to migrate to warmer places during the winter. The kids loved learning about how birds and whales migrate. Tomorrow we will be learning how some animals hibernate in the winter and making these cute hibernating black bears out of paper bags. Shout out to Leila's mom for cutting all of the bear shapes out!!

Friday, January 18, 2013

It's been a busy two weeks...

Sorry I haven't had the chance to post in the last two weeks. Our first few weeks of EAK have been super busy but a blast! Here's what we've been up to...

On our first day of school, we read "The Kissing Hand." It was the perfect way to say good-bye to our moms and dads and start off our first week!
  Each one of my little friends got a heart sticker to wear on their hands to remind them how much their moms and dads love them throughout the day when they felt sad. Fortunately, we didn't have any tears!
  We talked about feelings and the different things that we all felt on the first day of school. Then we charted our feelings and made our "First Day Feelings" book.

 Later in the week, we read the book, "David Goes to School." The kids absolutely loved David and how silly he was at school. They were able to tell me what David should have done to be a good student. We charted about what makes a good student and then drew pictures of David being a good student and making good choices.

Our first big art project was making our "Faces of Room 26." Before we started, we discussed how everyone is unique and special in their own way. Every student got a face that matched their skin color, drew their eyes, nose and mouth. We then ripped construction paper to make our hair. I absolutely love the way they turned out and the kids love how "colorful" our class is!

 Today was a really exciting day! We had our first surprise visit from Zero the Hero! The kids absolutely loved hearing about our super hero friend who LOVES zeros. He's great at teaching the kids about the tens place and bringing treats in the shape of zeros of course!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Classroom Tour

It took me a few weeks, but Room 26 is finally ready for the arrival of my cute little EAK friends and their families tomorrow!

 Our meeting area. Each one of my friend's has their own square.

 Our snuggly library.

 Student book boxes that will hold their class-made books.

Our word wall. I was inspired by a post on Pinterest to make a word wall that is totally magnetic. This way my students can take the words off the wall if needed to help them with writing, etc.