Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
On my first post on this collaborative blog, I mentioned my three favorite repurposed items. But one, by far, remains the top idea. Not just with me but with anyone that sees it. A post about it on Brick by Brick (posted three years ago) remains one of my most viewed posts.
It's the magnet board from an oil drip pan.
The kids in my church kindergarten class have enjoyed it regularly. We use all kinds of magnets on it. (Even homemade ones.)
We sometimes put it flat on a table. Play changes as the surface changes.
We put sticky paper on it.
It also makes a really great portable display board. Use magnets or tape to attach your posters. Then move it to wherever you need it. Remove when you need space for something else. It works great.
I have loved this idea for a while. But I didn’t have one in my new elementary class last year. So, I went out and purchased two for my class this year.
When I moved to my new school (unexpectedly) this week, one of the teachers saw them. "You have magnet boards," she said. "Great! Where did you get them?" So I told her to go to the automotive section of Walmart to find them.
What’s your favorite object to repurpose?
Friday, August 16, 2013
|Hello Everybody, How Do You Do?|
Hello everybody, how do you do?
How do you do? How do you do?
Hello everybody, how do you do?
I love you, to-day!
|I love you to-day - on Day One? YES!|
If you like the color blue, pat your shoe!
(pause, encouraging children to find their shoe)
If you like the color green, pat your knees! (demonstrate where the knees are!)
I love you, to-day!
Other things you might add to verses:
If you like choo choo trains, blow your whistle! Toot Toot!
If you like ice cream, say yum! (rub your tummy!)
If you like dinosaurs, let me hear you roar! ROAR!!!!
DAY 3: Sticky Bubble Gum
|Toe to nose - spectacular!|
Stick knees to elbows, toe to nose, hand to someone else’s hand, or head to the floor! Yes, this is my signature song – because kids LOVE it! Make up your own verses, and have the kids make up verses once they know the song well. I clap from side to side – cross-lateral movement is a plus!
There's also a video of this song on my website!
DAY 4: Little Ol’ Wagon
|WAGON BOARD with color cards|
DAY 5: Hi Dee Ho!
Thursday, August 15, 2013
A police unit study can be used at any time, although you might want to use it to emphasize safety skills at the start of the school year or in observance of the anniversary of 9-11. For my post today, I want to share some activities using free police printables. The hands-on activities in this post are for preschoolers through kindergarteners.
You'll find many activities for preschoolers through first graders throughout the year along with presentation ideas in my previous posts at PreK + K Sharing. You'll also find ideas for using free printables to create activity trays here: How to Use Printables to Create Montessori-Inspired Activities.
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This activity used a free printable from the Police Printables ~ Preschool Packet at Homeschool Creations. It also uses an ink pad, stapler, and inexpensive tray from the grocery store. After the child places the correct number of fingerprints on each page, a "How Many Fingerprints?" booklet could be created.
For this activity, I used the Numberline Freebies from City Teacher Goes Country. There are also police car numbers in the printable for counting by 10s, although I chose counting by 2s to 100 for this activity. Many children like big projects and would enjoy placing the numbers in order by twos in a long line across the floor.
Deb Chitwood is a certified Montessori teacher with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies from Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England. Deb taught in Montessori schools in Iowa and Arizona before becoming owner/director/teacher of her own Montessori school in South Dakota. Later, she homeschooled her two children through high school. Deb is now a Montessori writer who lives in Colorado Springs with her husband of 38 years and their cat of 12 years. She blogs at Living Montessori Now.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
With another school year rolling around, this is a good time to have some quick tricks handy whenever the children (or you!) need a quick break and energizer: a Dance Brain Break!
Here are three lively ideas (Start Fidgeting, Gestures, and Up and Down with Counting) that take very little space and can be done whenever and wherever needed.
(adapted from my Redleaf e-news article Just Add Movement: Five Activities That Can Turn Squirming Into Learning)
Repeat several times.
|MOVING IS LEARNING!|
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Pete the Cat producer Michael Levine rocked the stage with his music and visuals about how Pete the Cat has become a household name. Michael is the musical master of "The Learning Groove!" His music is the music that thousands of children and teachers are singing every day.