Friday, June 18, 2010

If you give a Pre K a Pancake Documentation

We read the story ‘IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE’ and the kids loved it so much that we read it every day for a week!! We began to wonder…..

What would happen if you gave a Pre K a pancake??

We decided to write a story about it and document our findings on the bulletin board outside our classroom, for the whole school community to see. This is our story;

If you give a Pre K a Pancake

First we would have to make a baker hat. Once we had our baker hats we would need a bowl and spoon!

The bowl and spoon would remind us that we would need pancake batter and water.

When we stirred the batter we would get mucky hands! We would want to lick our fingers.

Licking our fingers would remind us how yummy maple syrup would be with our pancakes!

We would ask for extra syrup and have a PANCAKE PARTY!

Integrating Family Around The Classroom

Family involvement in the Pre Kindergarten program is an important element. Sharing a responsiblity for the growth and development of the child is an objective that this program strives for. Letting parents and students know the significance of family in the learning of the child is key to fostering good relationships and a sense of shared value. I begin the school year with home visits. This allows me to meet the families in their homes and begin the year by fostering a level of trust between home and school.  I take a family picture that I then take back to school and frame.  When the child begins school on the first day, they are walking into a classroom that they feel they are apart of.  They have developed a relationship with me and they can see by walking into the room, that apart of it is theirs.  There is a whole section of the classroom that is devoted to family with their family pictures displayed.  Next school year I will set up a digital picture frame and after every family day, field trip, or parent activity, I will down load pictures on to the frame.  This will allow the students to view these family experiences on a regular basis, instilling in them the value we hold in their families.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Photo Story 3

I just went to a workshop that introduced me to photo story 3. This is a Microsoft program that you can download for FREE! It is very user friendly, and the website gives you great ideas for activities you can do with this program.
During the workshop we were able to insert images of our students work, select music, add our voice, and type print to create a fun story that we could put on disc for parents and students.
Some of the teachers in the workshop were going to use this program to put together a Father's Day disc with a collection of pictures, and the student's voice giving sweet messages to Dad.
There was also an example of a grade one class who wrote and illustrated stories, then transfered the stories to photo story 3. They were able to record their voice reading the story and put it on disc.
I plan on using this program to create a digital portfolio for my students. I can insert photos and student work using their voices and music! Oh the possibilities! I have attached the website that offers the free download and great ideas! Enjoy!

Photo Story 3

Computers and Care Partners

Our school computer lab has the kid pix computer program. It is a fantastic program for beginner computer users.  It teaches the students how to effectively use the mouse and also be creative with drawing, writing, and designing.  For students Pre kindergarten age, they have fun stamping pictures on to the screen, writing their name, and using the different colored pencils to draw what they want. There is also a great user friendly booklet with a variety of activities and lesson plans for all ages in the primary grades.

I wanted to introduce my students to this program but it is difficult to introduce a program like this to 16 students ages 3 and 4.  I decided to ask their grade 5 care partners to join us in the computer lab and show us the ropes. The grade 5 students are very familiar with this program and were very eager to teach the Pre Kindergartens what they know.  The kids LOVED it!! Both big and small!! Together they came up with such creative works that they were able to print out and take home to show their families. The students were so proud, and I was surprised at how quickly the Pre Ks caught on to everything.  Their care partners were incredibly patient and helpful.  I just wish I would have tried this earlier in the year... next year I guess!

Friday, June 11, 2010

I Pods in Pre K

My students love music! We sing, dance, and play instruments on a regular basis. I love finding different multicultural CDs  that expose the students to the diverse ethnic musical opportunities.  We have a set of multicultural instruments that allow the kids to explore the different sounds, beats, and rythmns the music can provide.
I currently have a CD player and a bundle of cds in a case by the player. It works ok, but I have this great idea to purchase an i pod and player for the classroom.  I think it would be wonderful to take advantage of what itunes  has to offer with the wide selection of musical genres. I think it would great to be organized by playlist and to so easily choose the music you needed for the occasion.
It would be a taylor made music program that specifically meets the needs of our classroom.

I would love feedback by anyone who currently uses an i pod in their classroom instead of the standard cd and tape player.

Monday, June 7, 2010

We see the light in Building!

I few weeks ago I posted a blog about the light table we have in the classroom. I have placed it in a central area of the room, and the students are having a blast with it. We have finished exploring x rays and now it is set up for the love of building! I have set out light reflecting blocks and bases, as well as translucent magnetic tiles. The students have exceeded my expectations of creativity and exploration. They have explored color, light, and structure. They love the magnetic tiles so much that we will move on to explore magnetism during this next week using various magnets and settings. Oh, the fun never ends!!

I purchased the translucent blocks and magnetic tiles through the Childscope Educational Materials Inc. magazine. You could view some of the great materials on line at

Friday, June 4, 2010

Representing What We See


A large part of Early Learning is the ability to transfer what we see around us into some form of physical representation. The children are given many opportunities through the year to recreate things they see in their world using different mediums, such as pencil/paper, acrylic and tempra paints, play clay and play dough.

We had many chances during the year to work on this concept with the children. We introduced various mediums, talked about what we saw and how we might go about transferring what we saw into a graphic representation. Topics such as colors, shapes, and textures were all discussed in terms of their value to the project. The caterpillar project was a great opportunity for the children to watch first hand, the process of two live caterpillars turning into butterflies. We took this opportunity to learn about the changes that took place and what our caterpillars look like. We transferred our observations to paint and paper using various colors and different shaped sponge rollers to represent just what we saw!

The most important lesson we learned through all of our projects was that each child has unique talents and gifts and each child was indeed a true artist! Putting a value on theirs individual works by displaying them for the school community to enjoy showed the children how important their learning is to everyone! We used our digital camera to take pictures of the process and then document the pictures on the bulletin board outside our classroom! To finish off the project, the children took pictures while we set the butterflies free!