I’m so excited that we have had so much fun the last week of school. This is a late reflection of it but it was so much fun I had to write a blog post about it. It’s been busy. One holiday concert for the whole school and two for our community. We had a PJ day and kid made ugly sweater day on Friday. Plus, all the hustle and bustle of the end of the year prepping to send everything home made for a busy week.
Snap cubes have been a hit in our classroom all year long. Last week we explored measurement using gingerkids which were taped to the wall (see this in my last blog post here). To extend our students understanding of non-standard measurement we added some holiday-themed activities to let them practice measuring! If you want to grab your own copy, click here or on the image below.
To ensure that a number of measuring cubes would be used I printed these pages on 11″*18″ paper. I was shocked that almost every child independently chose to visit this activity without prompting and all were able to accurately measure using the snap cubes!
I love simple activities like this as it provides meaningful activities for young children to write numbers.
Our paint table was quite busy with interest with live poinsettia flowers as a provocation. I’m always amazed how engaged students are at representing the world around them when they are inspired by real-life objects!
3. Dramatic Play
On Tuesday the kids decided that they wanted to create a train station in our dramatic play area.
They lined up chairs to make a train, created tickets, money and served each other on the train or took turns driving the train as an engineer. We found a box and some of them wanted to paint it as the engine of our train. They worked hard to create this masterpiece and enjoyed playing with it!
We added some sensory items to our water table this week. Cut up oranges, cranberries and cinnamon sticks became a hit! We added a few spoons and small cups and the children enjoyed counting how much they could fit into the different cups. There was lots of exploring of movement and gravity!
5. Number Sense
By simply adding a string to our fence outside we were able to enjoy creating a number line. We used shirt board to create our numbers for the number line.
We played games, guess the missing number, created a number line and explored numbers with this fun activity. I will admit, this game would be easier to play without the snow and mittens!