Friday, January 27, 2012

Fingerplay Friday- Building

Thanks Jean Warren, visit her for more building ideas

Tune:  “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

Tune:  “Frere Jacques”
I’m a builder,
I’m a builder
Watch me pound,
Hear my sound.
Tap, a tap, a tap, tap.
Tap, a tap, a tap, tap.
Hear me pound,
Hear me pound!

I just love to hammer wood,
Hammer wood, hammer wood.
I just love to hammer wood,
See what I built today!
I just love to saw the wood,
Saw the wood, saw the wood.
I just love to saw the wood,
See what I built to day!
I just love to sand the wood,
Sand the wood, sand the wood.
I just love to sand the wood,
See what I built today!

Tune:  “Mulberry Bush”

This is the way we build a house,
Build a house, build a house.
This is the way we build a house,
So early in the morning.
This is the way we hammer the nails,
Hammer the nails, hammer the nails.
This is the way we hammer the nails,
So early in the morning.
This is the way, we saw the wood,
Saw the wood, saw the wood.
This is the way we saw the wood,
So early in the morning.

I'm in need of more building related poems or fingerplays.  If you know one please share.

Thursday, January 26, 2012


The Writing Center

Hammering- Don't forget your protective eye gear!

Waffle blocks- great for 3D building

Dramatic Play- also great for fine motor skills
squeezing pliers, twisting screws

 I love these gears

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Dot painted letters

I do this at the beginning of the year to show the kids that their names and the letters in their names are important.  Make sure to use a permanent marker, so the colors don't bleed together.

For 3 year olds, I make a bubble letter of the child's first letter of their name, then just right the rest of it.

For 4 year olds, I make their entire name in bubble letters.

Then let the kids dot away.  Hang them up, so the kids can find their names as the year goes on.

If your interested in making your own dot painters, check out my previous post or Teach Preschool's version.

Friday, January 20, 2012

A new year in the classroom

A new year- a new curriculum- new lesson plans

     Our preschool has adopted the Creative Curriculum, so if you are doing the same themes in your classroom, I'd like to know some of your ideas on it.  We are working on clothing and I am trying to tie it into winter activities by dressing snowmen.

Toys and games
                 I found these adorable toys in the LTD magazine at a great price years ago.  They are very durable and the kids love them.  I have a hard time getting my daughter to share with my classroom. 

                 I also made this snowman magnet game.  I found the worksheet in an old Mailbox magazine.  Copy, cut, color, laminate, add magnets.  The children sort the cloths according to size for each snowman.
Dramatic Play:  I had lots of Doctor stuff to make a doctor's office, since we were talking about uniforms.  The shots were a big hit.  Old t-shirts made great Dr. uniforms.  Someone made this neat pretend blood specimen for me.

     I wish I had thought of turning the dramatic play area into a laundry mat earlier, but it may be extended into next week, so pics will come soon.

     We haven't had any snow or even many cold days here in Texas, so I will be saving my snowy stuff for when it gets colder.  It is an amazing 70 degrees here.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Nominated? Wow!

I have just been nominated for an award.  I am not at all sure what a award is but boy did it make me feel good.  So I will continue the award chain to hopefully make others feel good too. Thanks sonshine tot school.

I hope my future blogs will interest so many more people.  It's a new year.  Check out some new ideas. All these sites came from my favorites list.  They have something I really want to make or do myself but just haven't gotten to yet.  Maybe I'll get to them this year.

More than abc's and 123's- This mommy and teacher has a beautiful site to look at and some good ideas.

Crafty Soccer Mom- There are a lot of do it yourself projects here.

The Felt Mouse has some cute ideas.

A Happy Wanderer has some fun stuff.

How Long is this Hall? reminds me of my first year teaching with 27 kids.

The rules of this award are as follows:
1. Show your thanks to the blogger who nominated you by linking back to their blog. Thank you, Sonshine Tot School
2. Nominate five other happy little blogs (200 followers or less) by posting a comment on their blogs.
3. Post the award on your blog.
4. Check out what the other up-and-coming blogs have to offer.