Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas fun!

Hello Everybody! I'm back spreading a little more Christmas cheer with my second installment of Christmas in my classroom.  

My Kinders made Christmas trees using different size triangles.  Sequins, hole punched paper, macaroni etc. were used as ornaments.  Glitter was added to make them sparkle.   

Ok... I must admit that I go a little overboard with Christmas books!  I love collecting them for my class.  The books pictured above are a few of my favorites.

Here is a picture of the holiday words I hung up in my classroom.  My Kinders like to use them when writing in their journals.  
We used holiday Marshmallows to practice estimating.  

During centers my Kinders decorated an ornament to place on our tree.  

We wrote about how to decorate a tree.  My kinders copied the order down and drew pictures of each step. 

My writing center was a big hit with my Kinders.  I put out a wide selection of paper, markers, pencils, crayons, stickers, stamps, envelopes, and old cards to use to decorate their letters to Santa.  I wrote a template for them to copy (most wrote their own letters).  The letters were placed in the mailbox to mail to the North Pole.

I used a Santa hat filled with small toys to entice my Kinders to practice reading cvc words and it worked!!!  They took turns picking a toy out of the hat and placing it on the matching word.  

Miss H.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Gingerbread Festivities

Merry Christmas! 
Wow! 2012 seems to have flew by so quickly! Before this year ends and a new one begins I wanted to share with you a few highlights of the month of December. 

During the holiday season I like to read as many different versions of the Gingerbread Man that I can get my hands on!  These are some of my kids favorites.

After we read many different versions of the story we made a ven diagram comparing/ contrasting the two we enjoyed the most.  

We used our story map to help sequence the order the characters chased the Gingerbread Man.  

Here is my version of a roll, cover, and write gingerbread style. I used a sentence strip, gingerbread die cuts, and green/red stickers to create this game. To play the game you roll two dice then cover that number and write it on the whiteboard.  As you know, children love holiday themed centers and this one did not disappoint! 

As for the big finale we made gingerbread houses! I have the most amazing parents that came in to help with this event.  They looked like they were having just as much fun as the children!  
We made our gingerbread houses out of milk cartons that we recycled from the lunch room.  I collected cardboard and cut them into squares for the base.  I had a wonderful parent volunteer cover them in foil. Each child brought in a different item (candy, graham crackers, powder sugar etc.) to decorate their houses with.  I made Royal icing to use as the glue to keep the houses together. And the rest is history!  

Miss H.