This was the last week of our theme: Family and Pets. We learned about caring, sharing, helping, cooperating, and encouraging others. I loved watching the students work together. I saw a lot of great interactions where students were sharing, caring, and being so kind to each other. They were saying “please” and “thank you”. It makes my teacher heart so happy to see everyone getting along so well.
We had a lot of great activities this week. This week, I am going to focus on a few literacy activities we did (because they were so fun and I can’t go the whole month without writing about literacy), and some activities we did to develop our fine and gross motor skills.
Each month, we learn 3 letters, 3 sight words, and a word family. My kids are all different ages and levels so what I focus on with each child is different. For the younger kids, we focus on recognizing letters and saying their sound. I introduce all the other stuff, but don’t expect them to remember it. It is great exposure for those kids to see that letters make a sound and those sounds can make words and be read. For the older kids, I focus on the same thing, but really emphasize letter sound to help prepare them for reading. We learn a new sight word a week and I expect them to be able to read those by the end of the month. Those sight words can be found in the “I Can Read” books provided by Mother Goose Time in each month’s curriculum box. There is a book for each child to take home. Everyone loves this! This is everyone’s favorite thing because the kids can read these books and feel like a big kid. The parents can listen to their child read and are usually super impressed. And I am such a proud teacher listening to the students read and I love watching their cute, excited faces when they realize they are reading.
Below are some more pictures of us working with letters and playing a word family game. This month we focused on the -at word family. We read the words: cat, rat, and hat. Some of my students realized that these words rhyme and came up with a few more words like bat, mat, and sat. I love watching the students be able to connect things and taking ownership of their learning.
Fine Motor Skills and Gross Motor Skills
Fine motor skills are things you do with your hands like pinching, grabbing, writing, cutting, stacking, etc. Gross Motor skills are whole body movements like running, jumping, throwing, etc.
The students got a lot of practice developing both motor skills this week. We developed our fine motor skills by pinching beads and threading them on pipe cleaner to make our sharing bracelet. We used droppers to paint tears on a paper. The students had to squeeze the dropper to get paint into it and slowly squeeze it out onto the paper. We used scissors to cut apart letters to make a game. This was some of the students first time using scissors. They did an awesome job. We stacked blocks.
We developed our gross motor skills by playing a few movement games. One activity in particular that we really liked was we built a small wall out of blocks, and then we took turn jumping over it.
Next week we will start our new theme: Down on the Farm. It is always sad to leave a theme that we have had so much fun with, but we are excited to continue to learn next week.
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