Archive | September 2014

Play Dough Moon Cakes

For the Mid Autumn Moon Festival we read some books about moon cakes and even got to taste some moon cakes. We created some of our own moon cakes out to the play dough we made together.  The Play dough only has 2 ingredients and it is quick and easy to make.  Equal parts of corn starch and hair conditioner is all you need and it would be easy enough to try at home with your family.
Playdough Mooncake

Sharing Bag

We have begun exploring our Belonging unit and our focus ESLR is Global Citizen.  Here is a fun activity that will help the classroom get to know more about each other and a perfect home to school link.

Over the next few weeks your child will bring home the classroom “Sharing Bag”.  This is a version of the classic “Show and Tell” . One child at a time will bring home the bag.  Please help your child fill the bag with cultural or family items and return it by  the day stated on the bag.  All things will be returned, but keep in mind that they will be handled by the other children.  This is an opportunity for you and your child to share your cultural/country identity.

I took the first turn with the Sharing Bag. The children were very excited to see my special things from America.  I wore my favorite American dress and showed them how my earrings were the same as the butterflies in Boston. I brought photos of my family and best friend and they laughed when they saw a photo of me in kindergarten.  I also brought books with drawings of the landscape and my special bracelet from my mom. I showed them my country flag and let them try on my lobster T-shirt. The best part of course were the American snacks that I brought to share.

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Caterpillar Food

We went to the Secret Garden in search of caterpillars.  We did not find any caterpillars but we did collect things that we thought that they would eat. We worked together to fill our basket to bring back to our classroom. 20140908-160553.jpg

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Since we decided on our class mascot as caterpillars, we have been spending time with books and stories about caterpillars.  As a literacy linked activity we put out picture cards from the story as well as caterpillars.  The only direction we gave the children was to consider what foods the caterpillars may or may not eat. What came next was great. The children took their learning into their own hands and created their own activities. Some of the different things that they were doing were:

  • Finding cards that matched in pairs
  • Pretended the caterpillars were crawling around and eating different foods (with eating sounds)
  • Matched the different cards to parts of the story book
  • Practiced one-to-one correspondence with all the caterpillars and cards
  • Set out different meals for different caterpillars
  • Used the story cards to create their own songs
  •  Counted out the foods in the book while pulling the toy caterpillar through the holes
  • Drew their own caterpillars when they moved to the drawing table

Enjoy the story with your child here

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Enjoying Circle Time

The first few weeks of school are about getting to know each other and settling into classroom routines. The Caterpillars are settling in quite nicely. Learning should be fun for little ones and stories, rhymes and songs are a great way to build vocabulary and the confidence to communicate. We already have some classroom favorites. Here are some youtube hyperlinks (in blue) based on some of our favorites, please enjoy them with your children.

We have been reading the Book “Chicka Chicka ABC” and we sing it similar to this

The rhyme “5 Little monkeys” (we use the word crocodile mostly)

The song “1, 2, 3,4,5

Circle time