Last week was finally our first week of school. It was great!! I was thinking about posting some of the cool things we did and realized that almost all of the things I wanted to share came from ideas I found on other teachers' wonderful blogs. So this post is really a thank you note to those teachers for being so generous and sharing their amazing ideas. Here goes...
On Talk Like a Pirate Day, we had a wonderful Pirate Letter Hunt that Sandi from Rubberboots and Elf Shoes created. The kids had a so much fun running around, helping each other, and marking off the letters they found. As one student said, "It's like every letter is a treasure!" Now that's music to a teacher's ears.:)
I used Sandi's answer sheet and gave each child a clip board and a pencil The Kindergarten class taped Amanda's free Shiver Me Letters around the playground. It was simple, fun and as Sandi pointed out, "the kids didn't even know they were learning."
|Marking off letters (and talking about the alphabet!)|
|There was lots of movement...|
|The box included colored rice and pasta letters. plastic and wooden magnetic letters, pompoms, dollar store coconuts and a palm tree water bottle, rakes and brightly colored detergent caps for scooping and collecting.|
|The kids LOVED it!|
I enlarged the piece and then made copies on card stock. I had to make some modifications so that the edges of the puzzle would be straight. I saw Tammy's idea before I went to bed and was able to get all the pieces copied and cut out before school the next morning.
|some of my traced pieces|
Tammy had each child draw a picture on his or her puzzle piece. I was worried that the pieces would be too small for a full portrait by my little ones so after numbering the back, I drew a chin on each piece.
The kids then did a wonderful job of making the piece their own. I LOVE the portraits and how we all fit together!
In addition to Sandi and Tammy's ideas we also played with magic play dough. I'm not sure where I first saw this idea but I've done it every year on the first day of school.
|The homemade play dough is turning orange! (perhaps helped by the squirt of food coloring put into a finger-poke hole in each ball of play dough:) We all put our magic play dough together to make our first batch of play dough for the classroom.|