Saturday, October 20, 2012

Minding Our Manners!!

This last week at school, Melissa and I decided to do a theme on Manners.

Well let me tell you, there aren't a lot of things out there on Manners for a two and three year old!
We put our brains to work, and came up with things that we could do. Some of the children really caught on!  Our thoughts were to at least introduce them to manners. We showed them how to say "Please" and "Thank You" in sign language.  We read numerous books and figured out some crafts for them. We wrote a song and some poems to go with the craft ideas.  It was a little bit of a challenge, for we had to use our noggin's to think about what we wanted to do and how we wanted to do it!!

For Monday, we made a little mouse.  This was found at This is an awesome site and has been used a lot in our classroom! We love sticker eyes, they give such personality to the crafts!! The children painted 1/3 of a piece of white construction paper, pink. Then 2/3 of the same paper gray.  We used the template off the site and cut out the pieces.  We opted to draw on whiskers and of course to use the sticker eyes. This poem was found on the site.

Tuesday, we have to have an easy craft.  This is the day we go to Chapel with the big kids.  We found a Please and Thank You song and bingo dabbed the words Please and Thank You.  I think I had this poem already in my giant notebook that I created a few years back! I found a font that I could make huge that was in bubble letter form so the bingo dabbers would work best.

Wednesday, we made Bumble Bees!  I typed up the words, Be Nice, Be Polite, Be A Good Friend. I am a font person, so I found a font with bees buzzing around the letters. The children helped with the gluing. The stripes on the bumble bees were created by using the sides of the children's hands. (They held their hands in a chopping motion and we stamped the side) Of course, the wings are tracings of their precious little hands. We chose wiggle eyes on this one, so the antennas would look better.  They are made from half a pipe cleaner, then folded in half again and bent on the edges. We stapled those down behind the head so they would hold better. Melissa did choose to color in the stinger with a black sharpie.

Thursday, we came up with Not chewing with your mouth open.  This song we made up and craft.  I had a picture from an old book of a boy with a big opened mouth. (Actually it was a tooth craft) we had the children color the little boy and then from a grocery sales paper, we cut pictures of food and the children glued them inside the big mouth.  They all agreed that we shouldn't chew with our mouths open.

Friday, I wrote up a little poem, that actually we could use as a felt board story about pumpkins in a pumpkin patch.  We figured this would kick off our Halloween and Fall Crafts for the following week.  For my feltboard stories, I included the poem.  I also tweaked it a little and have it for apples in an apple tree, and monkeys swinging in the tree.  I did this, for repetition is what teaches the children! We painted the child's palm and just a little bit of their middle finger to make the pumpkins. Melissa drew in some vines and leaves after they were glued onto the paper, creating the pumpkin patch.

Next week, we will start on Halloween and Fall Crafts!!
Sherry :)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Christopher Columbus & Noah's Ark

This week at school, we celebrated Christopher Columbus Day.  Some of the kiddos understood a little of the concept.  Most didn't.  But that's okay.. it's still an honor to introduce them to parts of our history. We made "The Ship in a Bottle". For this, we used the "famous quote".

The rest of the week we told parts of the Noah's Ark Bible Story.

With Tuesday, the animals marched two by two inside the ark.  (I forgot to take a picture of this craft, so I threw one together the following day! I didn't have any extra songs typed up or copied at work, sorry.) We built the ark from basic shapes, then added animal stickers. I found this searching around on Pinterest.  The original pinner used rainbow animals.  We had some stickers and decided to make things a little easier. We did add the song:
The Animals Marched
(tune “The Ants Go Marching”)

The animals marched on two by two hurrah, hurrah!
The animals marched on two by two hurrah, hurrah!
The animals marched on two by two,
On Noah’s ark they made a zoo!
And they all went marching on- to the ark- to get out- of the rain,
Boom, boom, boom….

Wednesday, the rain began.  We colored a picture of Noah's Ark, then added fingerprints for the rain. I found a coloring sheet online.

On Thursday, we made a handprint dove.  We laminated this one! I found the saying online.  I've had this a while and not exactly sure where I found it.  (That goes for the dove as well!)

For Friday, we made the rainbow.  We added the "Rainbow Is A Promise" Song.  We cut our paper plate into a cloud shape.  Then we had the kids tape down the appropriate streamers.  They really had a lot of fun dancing around with our Rainbows!

See you next week with Manners!!
Many Blessings!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fire Safety

October is a very busy month!  Breast Cancer Awareness, Fire Safety Month, Violence Awareness, Christopher Columbus Day, Canadian Thanksgiving, Halloween, and many other little Festivals in between!

This month has been very busy for us (at home) so far!  We kicked off the month by attending a Stop The Violence Rally.  My Granddaughter's Daddy was shot and killed after a home invasion in his own home on July 10, 2010.  My Granddaughter was only 4 years.  Her Daddy would have been 31 years old on his Birthday, October 1st. The police still have no clue who took this young man's life.  To help keep his memory alive, we attended the rally and a candle light vigil was held immediately afterward.

We kicked off October in our classroom with Fire Safety.  We did have some fun with this theme!
Monday, we started off with learning Stop, Drop, Cover, and Roll.  We dipped yarn pieces in orange, red, and yellow paint and placed it on a construction paper cut out of a t-shirt.  We folded the "shirt" in half, pressing down to create "flames".  Then we had the children color the words: If your clothes catch on fire,
Stop, Drop, Cover, and Roll.  Stop what you're doing, Drop to the floor, Cover your eyes, and Roll and Roll and Roll!!

Tuesday, we made a cute little firetruck from shapes.  We typed up the Barney Song - "Hurry Hurry Drive the Firetruck"

Wednesday and Thursday, we had developed some pictures, that were taken with the children pretending to be firemen in our fire truck tent.  We made a dalmation fire dog and turned him into a picture frame!  The spots on the ears, are fingerprints of the child. We laminated this project and made sure the entire class got one.  This was actually a two day project to make sure everyone got them. (Permission was granted for us to use this picture!)

Friday, we concluded with a paper plate smoke detector with a reminder for mom and dad's to check the batteries in their smoke detectors at home.  This craft was very simple, especially compared to some that we have done in the past.  The children had fun making them, some of them called them machines and balls, so we really had to explain what a smoke detector does in a home.

Next week, we will make a Christopher Columbus Ship and continue the rest of the week with a Noah's Ark theme.

Many Blessings until then...
Sherry :)