Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Letter Aa- Art

A if for alligator

I got this  craft off the kidssoup website. To make it appropriate for 2's I have a pre cut A  I encouage the bumbles to trace it with a crayoned then I give them water color paint brushes to put glue on theirpaper  for the eyes and teeth.



A is for apple tree

I gave each child a white piece of paper with a brown tree trunk. To keep the green at the top of the paper I covered the bottom with a scratch piece of paper.
We then squished up prices of red tissue paper and stuck it on the wet paint. ( no need for glue)

A is for Apple 

I gave each bumble a cut of letter A and encouraged them to trace it when they were done I gave them Apple stickers to put on their A. Stickers are a great resource for littles to strengthen their fine motor skills

When they were all done we glued it to a yellow piece of paper.

Letter Aa- Song and finger-plays

Aa is for alligator


A few years ago I found this alligator bath sponge on clearance at target. What a FIND. I use it with my Five little monkeys mitt story.


Five little monkeys  
(5 fingers held over other arm (4 for next verse, etc))
Sitting in a tree

Teasing Mr. Alligator,  
(teasing faces, hands up to face like moose antlers or one hand in front of nose)
"You can't catch me."

Along came Mr. Alligator ,
(finger up to mouth like SHHHH)
Quiet as can be
SNAP
(Both hands clap together like a alligator  mouth)

Four little monkeys
Sitting in a tree
Teasing Mr. Alligator,
"You can't catch me."
Along came Mr. Alligator ,
Quiet as can be
SNAP

Three little monkeys
Sitting in a tree
Teasing Mr. Alligator ,
"You can't catch me."
Along came Mr. Alligator ,
Quiet as can be
SNAP

Two little monkeys
Sitting in a tree
Teasing Mr. Alligator ,
"You can't catch me."
Along came Mr. Alligator ,
Quiet as can be
SNAP

One little monkey
Sitting in a tree
Teasing Mr. Alligator ,
"You can't catch me."
Along came Mr. Alligator ,
Quiet as can be
SNAP

No more little monkeys
Sitting in a tree


Aa is for Apple

5 juicy apples hanging on a tree
5 juicy  apples they look so good to me so I shake that tree and one falls down to the ground now there's 4 large apples juicy and round 1,2,3,4
juicy apples hanging on a tree
juicy apples they look so good to me so I shake that tree and one falls down to the ground now there's 3 large apples juicy and round 1,2,3
continue till there are no more apple
(in a sad voice)
no more apples hanging on the tree
to morw apples I shook them all you see 
(in a happy voice)
now I'll take those apples,  turn them into a pie
now I'll share with my friends
all 1,2,3,4,5
yum yum yum yum yum 
Sony by Tammy Ziegler


Place a felt tree and five felt apples on the felt board. Tell the story and pretend to shake the tree and choose one child to pick an apple off the tree. 


( for the Bumbles this early in the ear I pull the apple off myself. We are still working on taking turns so I focus on it in other areas before I do it at circle time.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Dinosaur Centers

 Centers can be started even if you have the two's. I prefer centers it keeps the littles engaged with out having a free for all. ( we do not what the caterpillar room scene in Toy Story.)


Math Center: 
To make this center I cut up small different pieces of construction paper and gave the Bumbles colorful dinosaurs to stick on the squares
After a while the construction paper kept falling off the table so I used contact paper to stick them there. Perfect! 

Sensory center 

I pat this table I gave the bumbles large dinosaurs, shaving cream and paint brushes. They enjoyed painting the dinosaurs..

In one bin I had sand and dinosaur skeletons. The Bumbles got to use a paintbrush to wipe the sad of the dinosaurs just like a real   
Writing Center
I feel that the littles are a bit young to write their names but that does not mean they can't learn how to properly use a marker
Each week I will rotate what picture goes in the dry erase folders mostly the littles just scribble the picture but it strengthens their fine motor and teaches the basics in writing fundamental. Plus it's fun and they feel like the big kids.
Remember they are two let them scribble :)

Dinosaur Week-Art


Theses are the activities I've done this week. These activities were done with 2year olds that are potty training. They seem little but can do so much!
Dinosaur mask

These masks were pre ready and all the bumbles had to do was paint. I did encourage them to put the nose and horns on but painting was enough and they were ready for the next activities.
Baby Dinosaur 
I got this Pattern from the kidssoup website. We did it in 2 parts first we colored the dinosaur egg and later during the day we painted the dinosaur.

When they were all dry I cut them out and stuck them to our Dino-mite listener board

Dino Prints years ago I was blessed with these dinosaurs from one of my parents that was getting rid of old toys


Volcano Scene

I let the bumbles paint with glue then stick trees around their volcano. They then used red paint to make lava and dinosaur stickers.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dinosaur theme- Songs and Fingerplays

I love music in the classroom, I think it's the best way for any little to learn. Here is a collection of songs I have sung in the classroom the the Kids love from 2's to Pre-k the kids love it. 

Baby Dinosaur.
I cannot find this anywhere and not sure where it came from but when I get a moments I will record it so you will get the tune. Here are the lyrics

Here comes baby dinosaur.     (pat knees)
Earth shakes, earth shake.       (Shake hands)
Listen to the sound he makes.  ( pat knees)
Roar.                                         (Put your hands up like claws and roar in a tiny baby voice)

Here comes Mommy dinosaur.     (pat knees)
Earth shakes, earth shake.       (Shake hands)
Listen to the sound She makes.  ( pat knees)
Roar.                                         (Put your hands up like claws and roar in a pretty Mommy voice)

Here comes Daddy dinosaur.     (pat knees)
Earth shakes, earth shake.       (Shake hands)
Listen to the sound he makes.  ( pat knees)
Roar.                                         (Put your hands up like claws and roar in a Loud Daddy voice)


5 Dinosaurs
This one I got from  kidssoup.com

- Sung to five little ducks one little Dino went out to play out in a muddy swamp one day he had such enormous fun he called for another dinosaur to come to little dinos…Three little dinos… For a little dinos… Five little dinos went out to play out on the muddy swamp one day there mama called calm down that path it's time for you to take a bubble bath 

These are getting a bit worn but I made them a few years ago and I sing to the tune of brown bear brown bear by Raffi

Red Dino red Dino what do you see
I see a yellow Dino looking at me
Yellow Dino yellow  Dino what do you see
I see a orange Dino looking at me
Orange Dino orange Dino what do you see
I see a green Dino looking at me
Green  Dino green Dino what do you see
I see a blue Dino looking at me
Blue Dino blue Dino what do you see
I see a purple Dino looking at me
Purple  Dino purple  Dino what do you see
I see a black  Dino looking at me
Black Dino black  Dino what do you see
I see a brown Dino looking at me
Brown Dino brown Dino what do you see
I see a white Dino looking at me
White Dino white Dino what do you see
I see all the Bumblebees that's what I see
( my class name is the Bumblebees)

Monkey Mitts are a great investment if you have littles. You can by pre-made stories or make your own. You can also add to the stories you buy.

After we sing the rhyme that came with the dinosaur mitt I sing this song
Sung to 10 little Indians 

Zero little one little two little dinosaurs three little four little five little dinosaurs five little dinosaurs count them with me 1,2,3,4,5

Five little four little three little dinosaurs two little one little zero little dinosaurs oh no all my dinosaurs am missing call them to come back to me 
Come back little dinosaurs.

1,2,3,4,5

By: Tammy Ziegler.

At the end of each circle time before going to the next area we play We are the Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner and stomp around the carpet.






Dinosaur Week-Books

Every year the first two weeks of school we start with Dinosaurs. This is great when the kids a learning how to be Dino-mite Listeners. This year I'm going to give you my whole week of kid approve activities I did with my Two year old class.
This year My ratio is 1:8 but for the most part I range 5 kids



Books

Dino-mite Books
Remember books should be age appropriate chance are a year old won't sit for a long story. It is important to be interactive and engaging when you read

Peek-Boo Dinosaur I got last year through the FunShine Express Curriculm if you've never heard of them check out the website it's where I've gotten allot of my ideas for the classroom.
I got this from Thriftbooka.com but I've seen it everywhere
Kidssoup.com has many resources, it is a yearly subscription but worth it to me art ideas felt story ( they do not give me anything I am endorsing because it's a great website. 
This was donated by a parent love it super easy kids love say WOW PLAYGROUND, WOW ART, WOW...


This one came through scholastic on of thoes 99 cent gems but I've read it on the first day of school every year.
Bible always begins in the beginning this is a great was to teach the littles of creation.

Most I've ever spent on a book but love it sung to the tune of ain't Ganga rain no more. 


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Ocean month

This month is all about ocean so of course we need playdoh. This morning I used two different recipes. This one I got from my FunShine Express curriculum the recipe turned out awesome first time around.
The second I got from Pinterest and it was a Sandough recipe now this came out more sticky than I desire but I think that was my fault it didn't look like there was enough water so I added more and I should have just followed it completely. I have spent the last 30 minutes letting it air-dry a bit trying to get some of the moisture out and it seems to be working.