Tuesday, January 22, 2013

MLK directed drawing!!

Today we read about Martin Luther King, Jr. and discussed his life and some of the things he did to make our world a better place.   Before we began, I showed my kiddos a picture of Martin Luther King, Jr.  and asked if anyone knew who it was.   The overwhelming consensus was that it was President Barack Obama.  LOL   

After clearing up the confusion between MLK and President Obama, we dove right in to a directed drawing activity.  When I told the kids they were going to draw a picture of Mr. King, they looked at me in disbelief.  One little friend raised his hand and said "I'm not good at drawing kings."  :-)  I told them that we were going to draw him together and that I had a feeling everyone could do it!!!!  

I used the Martin Luther King Directed Drawing activity from Krissy over at Mrs. Miner's Monkey Business.  It's FREE and you can grab it from her TpT store here.   It's AWESOME! Basically, by following a few simple steps, anyone can draw a portrait of Martin Luther King!  It's very simple and my kindergarteners did great!!!  I was so impressed with the way they turned out.  

If you try this with your kids, I would love to see how yours turn out!  

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Do you let your kids use a hammer & nails?

When I dropped my son off at Kindergarten for the first time (that was 10 years ago BTW)....the first thing I noticed was a very large woodworking station.  I assumed it was a toy woodworking station filled with toy woodworking tools.  

My assumption was not correct.  

This was a real woodworking station.  REAL.  Complete with a real hammer, real nails, real screwdrivers, and a real saw.  
Yep.  It could really saw.  REALLY.  

My son's teacher probably saw the look of horror on my face, as she quickly reassured me that the kids only used that station with appropriate adult supervision.  Oh ok.  That makes it better I guess.  

My son (and his classmates) made it through the year with all fingers and toes still intact, so apparently no harm was done.  But still....I just CAN'T imagine having those tools in my classroom today.  Sometimes I have to take scissors away from little friends who can't use them safely....can you imagine if I had real life-size tools in my room?!?!

Do any of you have something like this in your room?!?  

The closest I've gotten to having such a station in my room is a Playskool Hammer & Nails set.   It's definitely the most popular "tub toy" we have in our room, and my kids beg to get to use it. 

The set I have is old.  Really old.  I ordered it off eBay.  

It's basically a set of cork boards, small wooden pieces, 
tiny nails, and a kid sized hammer.  The kids use the small 
wooden pieces to make all kinds of designs and pictures.  

It's great for kids who need to strengthen their fine motor skills! 

It's pretty neat to see what they come up with!

So do you have hammers & nails in your classroom?  LOL 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Write the Room Rhyming

My kids love anything that lets them get up and move around the room!  Write-the-Room activities fit that bill nicely!  Not only do my kids get to get up and move....they get to practice a skill or learn something new in the process!

We have been working on rhyming for a while now, but I still have some kids who are struggling with this skill.  Rhyming is one of those skills that they either totally get or they totally don't get.

My newest product at TpT is a Rhyming Write the Room activity that I created for my class.   For some of my kiddos, it will be a review of rhyming.  For others, it will hopefully be another way for them to practice identifying rhyming words.

There are two sets of cards because I wanted to make sure that I could use this activity more than once! For each set of cards, there are two recording sheets.  One recording sheet asks students to simply write the word from the card, next to the picture that it rhymes with.  The other recording sheet asks students to write the word from the card.....but also to write the word for each of the pictures shown on the sheet.  

You can pick this activity up in my TpT store for only $3.00!  
I hope it's something you can use in your own classroom!  

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

January Currently

Christmas break just flew by for me, as I'm sure it did for you!!!  Teachers went back today for inservice, and tomorrow the kiddos return in full force!!  

It's that time again!  Time for another Currently hosted by Farley over at Oh Boy Fourth Grade! Head on over and see what everyone else is "currently" up to for January!