I’m Back to Blogging – Slowly
Posted by mrsmelva on 03/01/2010
My goodness, it has been a long time since I posted anything. It has been a very busy school year, and a very busy holiday. I will slowly get back into the blog, sharing a few things at a time. Sometimes the ideas just run around in my head faster than I can type them and faster than I can make them for the classroom. I did make up quite a few actvities for Halloween and some for winter/Christmas. I have some new thrift shop finds for making things too, so I will post pictures and explanations over the next while. The next pictures will show more patterns, since that is where I left off. These are fall/Halloween patterns with items from Dollarama (or Dollargrandma as my grandson calls it!):
Here are a few pictures of the patterning works being used and some of the other Halloween works.
The sticky eyeballs were so popular that one “disappeared”, so after a search and discussion, we closed the activity for a while. The eyeball was not returned (the chief suspect was absent the rest of the week – hmmn) but when it was re-opened there were no more losses. The spooning items came from Walmart. The spoons are from Dollarama. They are log handled parfait spoons and came in a pack with several colours, 10 or 12 spoons for $1.
At the block center I added some spooky props. I put away the woodland animals and the people. Unfortunately, we also lost a few animals. I sent notes home asking parents to check and talked with the kids about the importance of keeping school things at school for everyone to use. We agreed as a group that if someone returned the items we would thank them, but nothing came back. The animals were very good quality, from an expensive Lakeshore set so I will have to wait for science budget to replace them.
The girls worked very hard building this haunted house, with a lot of discussion and interaction. Often the boys just took the props and chased each other with them – or at least started to chase each other until I would intervene and discuss what the expectations were for their use.
I decided to put the Christmas/Winter spooning 1:1 pictures here since it is the same concept as the Halloween/fall ones with different items. I will look for Valentine items for this activity and Easter/spring items. I will also look for other seasonal items for patterning. The ice cube trays for this activity came from Superstore, the green one is trees and the red one is snowmen. I also had a sorting activity with three sizes of white pompoms. I didn’t get any pictures of that one. Some of the children sorted the pompoms by size and one boy made snowmen in a row, still sorting by size but a different arrangement that also repeated a pattern. After he did that several others copied his idea.
I apologize for the blurry picture, I took it in a rush and only took one. It is a disinvitation to learning. In the workshops I have attended recently about the new pre-k and k curricula there is a lot of talk about creating invitations to learning. This is really preparation of the environment if you are a Montessori teacher, and there have been some very interesting examples shared at the workshops. However, after one too many chase events with the rats, bats and skeletons, I closed the block center and created this disinvitation, covering the blocks with quilt batting. After a time of closure, the disinvitation will become an invitation and the blocks will be re-opened.