Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I just love Valentine's Day at school.  Everything is purple, pink and red!  The kiddos are full of love for each other and are super excited about giving out their valentines.  We made HUGE envelopes to put all of our Valentines in.  I sent home paper hearts earlier last week and had their parents write what they love about their child one them and send them back.  After we read them out loud to the class (the kids were beaming!), we glued them on their Valentine envelopes.  Everyone feels very loved.  Especially me!  In PreK hugs are the norm on most days with extra ones on Valentines.  All of my little ones are so precious!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Queen of Hearts

February is here!  That means hearts, hearts, everywhere!!  I love this time of year.  My classroom is decorated in pinks, purples, red and of course, LOTS of hearts.  Once I teach my kiddos how to fold and cut out hearts, they go crazy making hearts to stick all over.  They make them in the art center, at the writing center and during free time. 

Obviously at this time of year we use (and eat) tons of those candy conversation hearts.  I have the parents send in bags so we have plenty.  I stock the math center with them, we use them with our group work and they make terrific rewards. 

We are making patterns with our candy hearts.  They get to decide what patterns they would like to try.

It just so happens that every year our "Q" week falls in February. ( I love it when things work out like that.) We do lot of activties with the nursery rhyme "The Queen of Hearts".  This is a story problem that we made when we rewrote the poem.  Later this week they will write and illustrate their own.

My "Queen of Hearts" unit can be found at my store on http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/

Here is an way we use the hearts we are learning how to cut out.  My Calendar Coach for the day cuts out at heart and writes the date on it.  Then we put it on our calendar.  In my room the children do a lot of the work themselves.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Pigs and Pizza--It must be "P" week

Each week we study a different letter and this week was "P" week.  We have had so much fun learning about Pigs and Pizza this week. There are so many pizza songs out there!  We have acted out The Three Little Pigs and shared which pig we would like to be.  We have made "pigs in a blanket" ---so Yummy!--- and played the "pig in a blanket" game!  We are ending our week with a Pajama Pizza Party!! 

I uploaded my Pizza and Pigs unit to TeachersPayTeachers, so go take a look!

I'm headed outside to enjoy this lovely 80 degree weather we are having in February!!