Monday, January 19, 2015

How to build an igloo!

I am so excited to introduce my first ever, GUEST BLOGGER!!!
  Sara and I have worked together for the past two years.  She is phenomenal and has the biggest heart for pre-k kids!  

I'm so grateful to be Paula's FIRST GUEST BLOGGER!! I have been teaching Preschoolers for 3 years and having been loving every minute.  I'm a Speech-Language Pathologist who serves early childhood special education classrooms as well as articulation and language kiddos.  I'm so excited to be here at Learn + Play = Pre K to share whats going on in my speech world and learn more from the blogging community. 

Do you wanna build an igloo??? Sang Ana!

Just kidding, but doesn't everyone just love the Frozen song!! Paula always has these awesome, I mean, awesome boxes she uses in her class for her space unit for her space rockets.  I usually take her hand-me-down boxes when she is finished and I turn it into a speech cave, but this year I wanted to build an igloo!  We have a generous factory that donates their insanely large boxes to us when asked, so with the help of a sweet parent and their truck he picked one box and two lids up for me and I started the building process.  It took two of us to set it up and fit it together, thanks Paula!!  Then I put a white kings size sheet over it (found one at Ann's Linens where they sell bedding separately so it was pretty cheap, $15).  Covered the box with the sheet, cut out our igloo door, hot glued the sheet around the door and viola I now have an igloo in my speech corner that I'm certain Ana, Elsa, and Olaf would love!!

So my hopes for this igloo are:
1. Learn some new winter vocab,
2. Play flashlight vocab and speech sound hide and seek,
3. Build an Olaf inside,
 4. Have fun inside a box!!
 It's only been the first day but we were able to have some fun and learning inside of our igloo. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Nativity for Preschool

I wanted to let everyone know about my latest TpT product.  How many of your kiddos like hearing or retelling their favorite stories?  With this they can retell the greatest story ever told!  Click on the photo below to get it for your little storyteller!

Preschool Reindeer

I LOVE Pinterest!  
I found this Santa bulletin board and these adorable reindeer ideas! 
 Couldn't decide which one to do so I did them both.
 Too cute!!! 
 To finish it off, I asked each student if they had been "Naughty or Nice" this year. 
 Next, they had to tell me how.  
I laminated them so their families can enjoy them for years to come!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Play-Dough Snowmen

First of all, let me say how good it is to sit down and blog.  Life has been so busy!

We had our first snow about a week ago. It happened over a weekend so I didn't get to bring any in for the kids to play with.   I thought it would be fun to see them make snowmen with pay dough.
  I have to admit, I am a one color at a time kinda girl! 
 Mixing the play dough colors drives me CRAZY! 
 So, I modeled how to carefully build a snowman and then take it apart without mixing the colors.  I was blown away by their creativity.  Check these adorable snowmen and snowgirls out!

We had to get fresh play dough after this one, but the story that was being told as she built her snowgirl a beautiful dress was priceless!

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  Here's a little Christmas freebie for you! 
Just a fun way to practice one to one correspondence and number recognition.
Just click on the page below and get it for free at my TPT Store.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Freebie, Updates, Play Dough and a SALE!

Wow, this has been an amazing summer!  My summers are usually pretty quiet....but not this year!! 
 I visited my sister in Ireland for 3 WEEKS!  Had an amazing time with  my nieces and nephew. (Got a sister tattoo!!) Came home, spent one night at my house before leaving for the lake with my boys and husband for a week. (They are all taller than me now but still my little boys!). Came home, spent one night at my house before leaving again for a week long youth camp with my church! 
(5,000 teenagers learning about Jesus.....AWESOME!)

 Summer's almost over, time to get busy!!
Here's a freebie you can use to welcome your students back to school. Get it at my TPT Store.

I love my calendar but wanted to add a few things to it.  I added 3 new event cards (Graduation, Mommy Make Over Day, Class Picnic) and more "No School" cards.

The play dough center is always busy in my classroom.  I made this to add to the fun this year!

My entire store will be 20% off today and tomorrow.  Enjoy!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Welcome Letters and School Supply List

Do you send out a welcome letter and school supply list to your new students before school starts? 
 I do and thought that would be a good place to start blogging again for the upcoming school year.  My letter always includes a little about myself and my family, an invitation to a preschool orientation night, and a request for a family photo.  This is something I started doing a few years ago and love it!  I ask the parents to bring a framed family photo to school the night of orientation or open house.  They help their child choose the perfect spot in our classroom for their photo.  The purpose for this is to create a feeling of community in the classroom.  I have seen my students showing off their photo to their new friends, pick it up to give mom and dad a kiss, or just carry it around with them sometimes.  The photos are conversation starters among parents during class parties as well.  A great way to help people connect.
This picture is from last year. You can see a few of the pictures around the room.

My school supply list is a little different each year.  I take an inventory at the end of the year to see what we will need for the upcoming year.  Last year I added a WISHLIST to my supply list.  I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner!  I had a great response from the parents.  I'm sure you are like me and every other teacher out there.  We spend a small fortune of our own money in our classrooms.  The extra supplies were very welcome and the parents enjoyed sharing.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Ocean Week in Preschool

I love ocean week! It is different every year and I always learn something new myself!  I begin by reading a few ocean books to the kids and then ask them which animals they would like to learn about.  I write down each student's answer on a poster and we get started.  Each day we take 1-2 of the animals on the list to learn about.  As we learn about each animal we actually make that animal and add it to the class bulletin board.  The student's share what they have learned and we write their answers on bubbles to add to the board.  Here is the finished bulletin board.   

Here are a few behind the scene shots.....

  I can't bring the ocean into the classroom or take the students to the beach.  What's the next best thing?  Goldfish in the sensory table!  I didn't get a very good picture this year of the fish.  The kids absolutely love watching them for a few days!

Here are a few pictures of some of the ocean themed centers that were open during the week.  These are activities from my "Ocean and Beach Fun Unit", available at my TpT Store.  

This is a freebie I made, "Ocean Hidden Pictures".
  Fun activity to use for counting and number writing practice.

We ended our two week ocean unit with a beach party!  The students brought their swim suits, beach towels and sunglasses for our "indoor" beach party.  After watching some videos of kids surfing and listening to some Beach Boy's  music we were ready to make our own surf boards. 

Surf's up!!