Chicka Chicka Letter Exchange

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Starting the year with a new group of kids is always a joy.  Most come in not knowing any letters and sounds, a few know some, and only a couple know them all.  We spend the first month introducing a letter each day along with a motion to touch on all the learning modalities; kinesthetic, auditory and visual.  We look super silly doing the motions, but it really helps the kids learn- so why not?  And besides, the kids LOVE it (even the ones who already know it all).

We are a few weeks into school now and I'm amazed at how much my kiddos have already picked up.    This year, I am taking part in the Chicka Chicka Letter Exchange with a group of teachers from all over the country.  This has been so much fun!  

My class was in charge of the letter W.  We used Q-tips to paint black dots on pink construction paper.  The dots became the watermelon seeds.  Then we used green crayon to make the rind.  After cutting them out, they look just like W watermelons!  Super cute!  

These are going in the mail today!

But the fun doesn't end there!  We are getting envelopes in the mail each day and the kids are beside themselves with anticipation to see what letter is inside and to learn where the letter came from.  They love the fact that other kindergartners made a letter just for us and that those same kids are getting our watermelon W's. 

Here is the first letter that we got... D!  We loved the dogs and dots on the D.

If you ever get the chance to participate in something like this- do it!

Oh Snap! It's Almost October!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
I'm linking up with the fantastic bloggers over at Teacher Deals and Dollar $teals for their fun (and helpful) Oh Snap! It's Almost October! linky party.

I know that school just started, but it's already the middle of September and that means that October is right around the corner, (YIKES) so it's time to start prepping and planning for next month. (Some people might find that a chore- but I secretly love it!)

Here is one of my favorite activities for October.

I love having my kids work on Logic Puzzles.  It helps them with critical thinking skills and problem solving.  My kiddos love it because they only have to read simple words and follow the picture clues. The cards are self-checking so when they are done they just need to turn the card over to check to see if they got it right.

I also love this activity for October because the Wild Kids are dressed in costumes (like Halloween) but it's connected to literature so it's not Halloweeny (is that a real word?).  So if you aren't allowed to do Halloween related things, you can still do this!  Win-Win!

Once you use these logic puzzles, you will want them all.  

I keep one of my math center bins filled with logic puzzles.  I change them out to keep it fresh and interesting for the kids, but the beauty of this task is that you only have to explain it once and they can do them all!  Just change the theme of the puzzles and you've got a new center- voila!  Easy peasy!

And the best part is that you can grab these for only $1 for the next two days.
That's the perfect way to try them out to see if you like them.

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