Saturday, April 21, 2012

Restaurant Dramatic Play Area

I changed our dramatic play area this week from the pet hospital
to a restaurant

It's always refreshing to get new ideas and see photos of what other teachers do in their dramatic play center. I found some great ideas here.  I decided to put a "Please wait to be seated" sign in our restaurant....

I also made a "reservations" sheet and "checks" for the servers to give the customers. I made menus, aprons, and chef hats a few years ago, and they are still in great shape.

 I am glad I can give the students in my class the opportunity to experience this type of play. I know many schools do not have the luxury. I am thankful. I love listening to their conservations as they role play. It is one of the reasons I love teaching kindergarten. Thanks for checking in on my little corner of the kindergarten world and have a great weekend!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Bug Catcher Link

Hello! It feels like it's winter again in our backyard....only in the 40's today and very windy. There were a couple of schools in northern MN that had a snow day today! Hopefully tomorrow will feel more like spring again.  I wanted to share this awesome activity with you I found on this great blog: A Differentiated Kindergarten. If you haven't visited it, take a minute to do so. She has great ideas and shares a lot of information on differentiation. I printed her free bug catcher sensory table activity and my students started using it today. They loved it! I found a cute red container at the dollar store and bought some left over orange Easter "grass" (the shredded paper kind). I glued some foam bugs on clothes pins for the kids to catch the rhyming bugs.

I think they like digging through the paper to find the bugs! : )  Thanks for checking in...even though this is not my original idea, it's fun to share links with such great may inspire you!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

As promised...bee centers complete!

Hello! It's been a busy week back from spring break! I had my principal's observation went well. : )  I had time after school yesterday to laminate my bumble bee activities and have some pics to share with you...this bag and bumble bee were my inspiration:
Count the tally marks and find the matching flower.
Spin and color.
Add the dice and cover the number.
Thanks for checking in on my little corner of the kindergarten world and have a great day! It's Friday!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Bumble Bee Center Ideas

Hello! I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter! I did. : ) We are down to the last 7 weeks of school...I can hardly believe it! But it is so much fun to focus on SPRING! I put together a few fun things for the children to do with a bumble bee theme. I am going to pair these activities with a cute stuffed bee and a bag to keep it all in...a "take it to your seat" kind of center. I will post a picture of all of it when completed. 
 Here are the items I have done so far...still have to laminate the bee/flower activity and get the spinners ready for the color word practice, but all in all I'm happy with everything! These are ideas I've seen online or on pinterest and adapted to meet my students' needs. All of the clip art is from Carson Dellosa. Thanks for checking in on my little corner of the kindergarten world!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Egg sight word activity

Hi there! We are still on spring break this week, but I did go into my classroom to set up a few things for April. It's always fun to get out new activities and change things over to the new month. We are down to 7 weeks once we get back! Unbelievable! Anyway...there are a BUNCH of cute and wonderful plastic egg ideas floating around out there right now. I'd like to share my version...I've done this one a few years.
I printed out several word wall words and have them "scrambled" up inside the egg. There is a word box on the response sheet to help children try to figure out the word, if they need it. This set is just word wall words. I am also working on a set using CVC words.

Click on the picture if you'd like a copy of the recording sheet. Thanks for checking in on my little corner of the kindergarten world! Have a great day!