Guess the Emotions Show
To develop the learning strand of "I have feelings", we transformed our Story Theater into a stage. Our students performed emotional expressions and their audience tried to guess the feeling being portrayed. Favorite emotions were "scared" and "bored"!
Media Bin - Sense of Touch
In the Red Room, the media bin housed a game of identifying textures. Non-latex gloves were filled with a variety of media for the students to explore and find the matching pairs. Mrs. Nellis had the most fun filling a pair of gloves with cooked oatmeal!
In the Red Room, children explored 3-D shapes using translucent blocks at the light table. We practiced many new vocabulary words as we worked with these materials (cube, cylinder, cone, prism, etc.)
Play Dough Center
An important part of beginning school is learning classmates' names. At the play dough center, we focused on the rhyme of Pat-a-cake. Using photo name cards, students made cakes for their classmates by stamping letters into the dough.
In addition to Mat Man, wooden lines and curves are also being utilized at a new center in the Orange Room! The Print Shop will be an area for students to have repeated practice in forming letter shapes to learn spatial orientation and the sequence of making strokes.
In addition to portraying emotions at our Story Theater, our students also went on a "Find the Feelings" search. In this activity, they needed to locate photographs of emotions hidden in the classroom and then associate them to representational icons.
In the Orange Room, the sense of smell was explored at the Science Center. Students were able to follow the depicted instructions to rate whether or not they liked the smells. There were many surprising "likes" and "dislikes"!
Game - Body Bingo
As part of "All About Me", we read stories about body parts and their associated actions. We also worked on developing vocabulary for less familiar body parts such as: ankle, cheeks, wrist, waist, hips, etc. through games, songs, and movement activities.
Body Map Project
Over a period of two weeks, the children had their bodies traced to create a life size map of themselves. Most of them commented on the "tickle-ish" nature of the project! Once everyone was traced, the real work began in applying body part labels to the corresponding places on the "map". This was the first time our students had to manage themselves and their materials on such a large scale.
Block Area - Mat Man
In the Orange Room, the Block Center was enhanced by the addition of a magnetic panel. The students had the opportunity to work with wood pieces to construct Mat Man.