Friday, 27 February 2015

Five for Friday- 27 Feb 2015

1. Bippity Boppity Bumblebee:
I introduced the concept of syllables this week. Because their names are the most important and familiar word right now, we sang Bippity Boppity Bumblebee to help us figure out the number of syllables in everyone's names. It took a few goes before they really got the idea. For a while, a few thought we were counting letters in our names!
I got the idea, words and images from Deanna Jump's Names Unit.

2. Guided reading groups:
This week we continued using Tara West's Introduction to Guided Reading tracking strips. I am so excited to see my students starting to make connections between spoken words and written words.

3. Building Humpty's Wall
We focused on the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty this week. The students helped me to build his wall using words from the song. This activity was great as a meaningful word work activity. Because they were so familiar with the words from the song (and we have been reading it using the big book lots too), they were able to identify even the "tricky" words like "couldn't" with a little prompting.

4. Fixing Humpty
Keeping with our Humpty theme this week, we revised the sound of the week /c/ by sticking /c/ words onto bandaids to patch poor Humpty together again. I forgot to take a picture of this one-sorry!

5. Sale-my purchases:
I stocked up on some products that have been on my wishlist for a while! Yay!
Here is what I purchased in the sale this week (click on the image to go to the product page):

I am so excited to start using this resources!!! What did you buy at the sale?

Hope you all had a great week! Don't forget to link up with Kacey from DoodleBugsTeaching for some Five for Friday fun!
Till next time,
Stay joyful.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Five for Funday!

Yep, this is a very late Five for Friday post! 
Working in a brand new school has its perks, but it also has its challenges - like all the extra paperwork and preparation  that comes from starting from scratch!

So, instead of these photos being from the past week, they are from the past 3 weeks. Just a snapshot of what we have been doing in Prep so far:


First day hand prints:
On the first day of every year, I like to talk about how each person is special. We make these hand prints as an art activity to go with it. They always look so good on the walls (or in this case windows).


Self Portraits and Rainbow Names: 
Another activity I do every year is self portraits. I do them in term 1 and then again in term 4 as a comparison. This year I had access to blocks with mirrors inside them. Every student had one to look into as they drew themselves.
Later that same week, we discussed the colours of the rainbow and painted over our names. The inspiration for this activity came from Deanna Jumps product: Names Unit.
 Don't they look amazing all together on the wall like that?
I also like this activity, because you can see who has got the concept of drawing a body, and who needs more work with their fine motor skills.


We have been sorting in Maths this past week. Every day, before we break up into small groups, I get the students to practise sorting into hoops on the carpet using different objects. In this picture, I had asked my volunteers to sort by colour. 


Fine Motor Activities:
At the start of each year I'm reminded just how much preps grow in a year. As always, they come into school with very little, if any fine motor control. Week 2 saw lots of practise as they picked up objects using tongs.


This week we started our number unit. To catch a quick glimpse of who knew what, they helped me order 1-10, match to quantities and count using one to one correspondence in their small groups.

Hopefully, now that things are settling down a bit, I will be able to post Five for Fridays on a Friday and more regularly! I have several ideas for upcoming posts because I had to make so many things from scratch and I was forced to be somewhat creative, using limited supplies. Ideally, I'd like to share some of those things with you. So, stay tuned!

Till next time, 
Stay Joyful.