Friday, September 30, 2011

Fingerplay Friday- Pumpkins

I have found Fall to be my favorite time of the year because there is so much you can do.  So, I will give you a few pumpkin poems.  Don't forget to check back later to see some of the Halloween activities and books I have to share.

Pumpkin Song (I'm a little Teapot)

I'm a little pumpkin
orange and round
here is my stem,
there is the ground.
When I get all cut up.
Don't you shout.
Just open me up
and scoop me out.

Mr. Pumpkin (Where is thumpkin)

Mr. Pumpkin,
Mr. Pumpkin,
Round and Fat
Round and Fat
Harvest time is coming
Harvest time is coming
Yum, Yum, Yum
That is that.

Pumpkin Song (Have you ever seen a lassie)

Have you ever seen a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin
Have you ever seen a pumpkin that grows on a vine?
A round one, a tall one, a fat one a small one.
Have you ever seen a pumpkin that grows on a vine?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Math Centers- Construction

Construction- Building with different kinds of materials is important for kids.  They use critical and creative thinking skills as well as trial and error.  It is the one center I have seen very little of in kindergarten. 

I always include cars and people to go with which ever type of building material I choose.  Examples might be legos, waffle blocks, brick blocks...  You can put blue prints (make them yourself or child made by crayon resist drawings of buildings and blue watercolor paint)  or copy me papers (include a pattern or 3D structure for children to copy) in the center to challenge the kids.  Include paper, pencils, and a clipboard to encourage writing.

Or check out some of these creative construction ideas


What about these for building quietly?  Colorful and creative


amazing road kids can put together like a puzzle

another neat road

another road that cars travel down stairs


aren't these building materials unique and fun?



Time For Play has cheap creative construction materials


Chasing Cheerios has this wonderful colorful block fun.

So what are some of your ideas?  Do you include construction in your centers?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fingerplay Friday- Firefighters

During this month we always talked about Fire safety and had visits from the fire department, so here are so poems I used.

I'm a Firefighter (by Judy Hall) (I'm a Little Teapot)

I'm a firefighter
Dressed in red,
With my fire hat
on my head.
I can drive the fire truck,
Fight fires, too,
And help to make things safe for you.

Down at the Firehouse (by Jean Warren) (Down by the Station)

Down at the firehouse
Early in the morning.
You can see our clothes
hanging in a row.
When there is a fire,
We can dress real fast,
Boots, jackets, hats gloves,
off we go!

Ten Little Firefighters

Ten little firefighters,
sleeping in their beds
Ding! went the bell
and down the pole they slid.
They raced to the fire
and put out all the flames
then the ten firefighters
went back to bed again.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fingerplay Friday- Happy Birthday and Reading

I've been in a lot of different classrooms lately, and I have seen cupcakes and word walls so here are a couple of poems you can use.

Happy Birthday
Today's the day we get to say,
"We're happy you were born today."
Hooray!

If You're Reading and Your Know it. (If You're Happy and You Know it)
If you're reading and you know it say the word, ________, _________.
If you're reading and you know it say the word, ________, _________.
If you're reading and you know it and you really want to show it.
If you're reading and you know it say the word, ________, _________.

If you're reading and you know it find the word.
If you're reading and you know it find the word.
If you're reading and you know it and you really want to show it.
If you're reading and you know it find the word.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Fingerplay Friday-Apples, Fall, Reading

For those of you who are starting to see some signs of fall here are a few fingerplays related to fall.  We still are in the 100's.  For those of you who are musically inclined the letters in parenthesis is a cord to make the fingerplay into a song.


Colored Leaves
See the pretty colored leaves
Swaying gently in the breeze.
Let's all watch them as they fall,
Then name their color one and all!

Autumn Leaves
Trees are bending (C)
With the wind,(B)
Leaves are falling (A)
Down(G)
Twirling, twirling(F)
Swirling swirling(E)
Soon there on the (D)
Ground(C)
I rake the leaves in
to a pile, and
Make it very
High,
Then I jump with
All my might, and
Whee! I'm out of
Sight

Autumn leaves
Whirling twirling all around
Softly falling to the ground
Red and yellow orange and brown
Fall the autumn leaves

Apple Tree
(we change "little" to "red", "green", "yellow" on apple tasting day, then graph which apple we like best)
Way up high in the apple tree
2 little apples smiled at me
I shook that tree as hard as I could
Down came the apples "mmm" their good