There are so many things to do in the classroom at this time of the year. I'm afraid I try to do too much so the kiddos can experience it all - at least I keep them busy!
For letter "F" I pulled out our magnetic fishing set. I used the toys for a group game as well as a center. I purposefully use one fishing pole to encourage sharing and taking turns - the rule is catch 1, pass the pole to a friend. (Multiple poles get tangled or turned into weapons anyway, so it solves that problem too : )
|Love that this student sorted out all the pink fish : )|
Our "F" project ended up taking a back seat because we had so many other things going on this week. A few students were able to put one together though. I went super simple, using left-overs from past projects. We glued fish cut-outs on the large "F" and I had some "F Fish" words that we glued on also.
Other skills we are working on:
Associations (language skills): I put out a game that has pictures of objects that go together. The pictures are puzzle cut so only the correct pictures fit together.
Block Stacking (number recognition, one-to-one correspondence, and fine motor skills): We played it as a group game and I tried to use it as a center, but it wasn't very popular.
To play: Turn the flash cards upside down, flip over to see how many blocks to stack
Opening and Closing Containers (fine-motor skills):
- Various containers, some with lids, some without (I even included lids that did not fit on containers)
- Small Animals
The most popular activity I witnessed was finding all the bugs and putting them into the screw-top containers.
Easel Painting (fine motor, color discrimination, art!): I introduced easel painting to the kiddos. Because it was the first time for many, I only used 2 colors (red & yellow) so they could get used to the process and so we would not have an overwhelming mess! Most of the paintings were one orange blob, but a few of my students (especially the ones who had multiple turns) actually painted pictures. My goal is to have the easels out more frequently so the kiddos can become more creative with their painting.