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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Beginning Year Fun!

Is the beginning of the year "fun"?  Are you so tired that you can't even spell tired? Have you said the same thing a million times? Does your body physically ache?  If you are like me, you can answer yes to all of these questions. There is "no tired like beginning of year tired!" Yet it's the time of year we are the most excited, the most ambitious.....
Here are some of the fun things we did our first week.
To make this fun handprint poem, pour some paint on a sponge. Press the child's hand onto the sponge. Then, print it on the puzzle.  Allow to dry and add the poem.  These puzzles are from Michael's Craft Store. I had a friend who did hers on cardstock and then used the Ellison machine to cut the puzzle.
For a fun way to do a tour of the classroom, use these simple circle maps. Collect a selection of clip art--some things in your room and some things that are not in your room.   As you show each item, the children find it in the classroom. Then, sort the pictures onto the circle maps.
An easy follow up to this activity is to have the children do a cut and paste. Using the same clip art, invite the children to cut apart the pictures. Sort them onto the circle map if they are in our classroom.
The kids also made paper plate faces. We used the circle maps to make the wheels on the bus. Then, we loaded the kids onto the bus!
Another fun thing we did was to make this Long Hair or Short Hair Graph. In small groups, the children each made a face using the paper cut out, yarn, wiggle eyes, and pompom noses. They painted the paper plate, allowed it to dry, and added the features.  The length of the yarn hair, matches the length of their own hair. When we came back together, we placed the faces on the graph paper. As the children each put their face, we discussed how the data was changing. 
This ideas are from the Back to School Bundle.

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Busy Bees said...

Thanks for the ideas. I love the long hair/short hair graph. I will have to put that on my to do list for next week when we start our All About Me Unit.

Kim and Megan said...

@Busy Bees...The patterns and words are in the Going to School packet on tpt! Have you started school yet?

Rachelle said...

I love the long/short hair graph!!!!! So cute and a great way to develop your classroom community!

Deedee Wills said...

I am so excited that you have a blog now! Not only can I stalk you on TpT, but now I can blog stalk you! I love your products and can't wait to hear about all your other ideas too!

Mrs. Dickens said...

Loving the blog ladies. I started school on Aug. 8. I was noticing alot of "slides" on blogs lately. Are these made on Power Point and uploaded? Just curious.

Also, non school related... my son will be 13 this Sat. It makes me want to cry. lol


Busy Bees said...

Kim and Megan~ Just purchased your back to school packet!! Just started school today with all of my kids. Can't wait to use some of your great ideas next week!! Thanks for the great unit!!

Kim and Megan said...

@janet! Yes, these are made in power point! I love being able to add the color backgrounds--scanned in scrapbooking paper!

Kim and Megan said...

@janet! Yes, they are made in power point. I love being able to add color using the scanned scrapbooking paper backgrounds.

Mrs. Dickens said...

thanks, I may have to try that sometime. My blog is lacking... big time.

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