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.


  1. It looks like you're having such fun with the little ones! My seconds seem old!
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who posts "Five for Friday" on Sunday!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

  2. I LOVE your back to school activities! Good luck in your new school and during your new school year!