Friday, July 27, 2012

Book Box- Circus

Circus by Rand McNally ills by Betti Ferrero
Clifford At the Circus by Norman Bridwell
A Color Clown Comes to Town by Jane Belk Moncure
Little Black Goes to the Circus by Walter Farley

Monday, July 23, 2012

Book Box- Pets

At the beginning of the year, our center did a small unit on pets. We would invite pets into the classroom.  Children who didn't have a pet could make their own pretend pet.  It was fun.  I have a large collection of pet books.  There are way too many books to read in the short time we worked on pets, but a lot of the books were just part of the library.  Children can easily make up a story about  a pet.

Pet Books
Always in trouble by Corinne Demas (days of week)
Annie & Moon by Miriam Smith ( a girl and her cat move a lot till they find a good home)
Benji, Fastest dog in the West by Gina Ingoglia
The Birthday Present by Mavis Smith (wordless)
The Cat & the Hat by Dr. Suess
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr. Suess
The Cat in the Hat the Movie by Jesse Leon McCann
Cat Traps by Molly Coxe ( Early step into reading)
Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
Clifford Saves the Birds by Norman Bridwell
Cookie's Week by Cindy Ward (part of IDEA assessment, days of week)
Critter the Class Cat by Colleen Stanley Bare (non fiction)
Dog and Cat by Paul Fehlner (my first reader)
Feathers for Lunch by Lis Ehlert
Get out of my Chair by Kathy Schulz
Go, Dog. Go! by PD Eastman (Dr. Suess book)
Good Dog, Rover by Margo Mason (easy reader)
Harry's House by Angela Shelf Medearis
Hello, Cat, You need a Hat by Rita Golden Gelman (Hello reader level 2)
Home for a Puppy by Sharon Gordon
I am Brave by Hans Wilhelm (scholastic reader level 1)
I Want a Pet by Barbara Gregorich (start to read level 1)
I Won't Share by Hans Wilhelm
Lad is Lost by Margo Lundell (Hello Reader level 4
Lucky's Big Week by Kimberly Weinberger (days of week)
Miss Sid Meets Sad Sam by Laura Burton Rice (easy reader short i)
Monster and Muffin by Joanna Cole ( picture reader)
Mousetrap by Diane Snowball
My Big Dog by Janet Stevens & Susan Stevens Crummel (how a cat and dog get along)
My Little Pet Goldfish (board book)
A Pair of Socks by Stuart J. Murphy(mathstart, a sock tries to find it's mate)
Pat the Cat by Colin and Jacqui Hawkins (flip the page rhyming)
Puppies & Kittens by Dandi (Compare & contrast)
Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner (Kohls Cares for Kids)
Skippyjon Jones in the Dog House by Judy Schachner (Kohls Cares for Kids)
Skippyjon Jones lost in Space by Judy Schachner (Kohls Cares for Kids)
Snoop Waits for Dinner by Hall Preston & Cathrine Barr
The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack & Kurt Wiese ( a Chinese boy has a pet Duck) 
Teacher's Pets by Liz Mills (Clifford book)
Ten Little Kittens (board book, subtracting)
Tiger is a Scaredy Cat by Joan Phillips (Step into reading step 2)
Where is Jake? by Mary Packard (my first reader)
Where is That Cat?  by Carol Greene
Who am I? by Nancy Christensen (hello reader)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Wall Art

We made this wall art for the new addition to our home.  My 18 year old stepdaughter will be moving to Texas this fall.  We thought we would try to welcome her with a room with at least one fun thing.  A colorful painting with the first letter of her name. 

I had originally thought we would pour paint ( for those who don't know what it is also called tall painting look it up.  It is amazing ). Here is the version I think I will try.  Thanks Dilly-Dally Art.   But I decided I wanted the canvas completely covered and wasn't sure if my "M" was tall enough. 
Paint the canvas the color of the background.

So, my next idea was to let my daughter squirt the paint from a pipette.  But, the paint was too thick.  I didn't want to water the paint down.\

Tape down the shape you want.
(you could use painters tape)

So, we tried using the end of a paint brush, the side of a paint brush, and our fingers.  I'm not sure any of these ways worked out best, but the product was colorful and the process was fun.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Learning on vacation

     I believe children who have more experiences outside the home and school are the children who can learn quickly by relating what they already know to new learning topics.  That's why teachers love field trips.  A visit to a pumpkin farm shows children what a vine is.  A visit to the zoo shows children animal habitats.  A visit to a science museum gives children hands on opportunity to learn about jobs

Physics of motion
(Circular physics and up, down, up, down)

How you can effect motion
(forward, backward, forward, backward)

How nature effects motion
(Is it going to blow away?)

(It cost how much?)

Job Security(How do I take care of people?)

(Do you know who invented this?)

Marine Biology
(caught in the ocean, Do you know what it is?)

(Are you brave enough to hold this)
(Do you know which Florida animals are going extinct?)
Driver's Education
(a little early, but she kept asking what does that pedal do)

Vacation memories can help build language and memory skills.  You can use these memories to encourage writing and reading, research, map skills, and patience (that horrible car ride across country).  I hope you enjoy your vacation.