Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Books!

Snuggling up to read on our new chair at the reading nook. 


Please Help!

Families, we are hoping to set up a 'run' centre and are in need of all kinds of pipes and tubes - paper, plastic, or metal. If you have any scraps around your house that you would be willing to donate to our program it would be greatly appreciated! Many thanks!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Invisible Writing

Our spy center has been a big hit! To celebrate and also to encourage some authentic writing, we placed 'invisible writing' tools at our writing center today.
 

The children were encouraged to write a secret message to a friend using a white crayon on white paper...
 





...and then to decode the message the children had to paint over the writing using watercolours!
 





It was a bit hit with the children and so much fun!


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Teach Your Monster to Read

A new website was shared with me that looks promising for helping children learn their letters and sounds and then translate these skills into emergent reading. "Teach Your Monster to Read' can be found at http://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/ If you use this website, please let me know what you and your child think!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Spy Center

Could you hear the buzz of excitement coming from our room? The children have decided to turn our drama center into a spy headquarters! They came up with a plan for how to set the center up. 



This center will open next week. If you have any 'spy gear' we can have it would be most appreciated (e.g., old phones, cameras, sunglasses, notepads).


GAK!

Who doesn't love Gak? The squishy material acts as a solid and liquid and is so much fun to manipulate!

We made three different colours - blue, yellow, and white. 



It was interesting to see the colours mix into different shades of green!

















Gak is an alternative to Playdough and is great for strengthening fine motor skills. Gak is so easy to make. Here is the recipe we followed. http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/gak-attack/

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Number Hunt

On a chilly day it is fun to go on a number hunt around the school to search for numbers. We used tallies to record how many of each number we found. 













Bubble Wrap Print Making

We placed some paint and bubble wrap at the art center and invited the children to explore making prints. 


The children painted the bumpy side of the wrap. 




And stamped it on the paper. 





The result was a beautiful mixture of colours and prints. 





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