Wednesday, October 27, 2010

let the wild rumpus begin!

Where the Wild Things Are. Love this book. And I've never had a class that didn't love it too. It's scary - but not too scary. The language challenges - but it doesn't go over the heads of the audience. The illustrations are amazing. And so . . . year after year, I share this with my littles.
Then I pull out construction paper, markers, stickers, glue, and scissors and we get to work making monster hats. This hat is pretty cool because you wear it on the back of your head and it doesn't block your face or your vision. Seventeen littles in backwards masks make a pretty awesome parade . . . um, or should I say "wild rumpus"!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Sometimes I am simply overwhelmed by all of the words and images that float on the screen before me as I scroll through blog-world. To be honest, that's why I've been avoiding it lately. Don't get me wrong - I LOVE that so many ideas are right there at my finger tips. No more searching through magazines and books for something to do with the littles. No need to do the same thing each year with every one of my classes. But sometimes and on some days, it is just too much. For one thing, it isn't humanly possible for me to try each and every one of the activities that I find that I like. Secondly, I have a little trouble keeping track of all the ideas I see. I print them off or stick them in idea folders. I jot down notes on a pad that I keep near my laptop. But, invariably, I forget where I found a great idea just when I need it most. Case in point: these triangles. A few weeks ago (I think!), I saw an idea for teaching organic shapes. The littles trace the shape with a sharpie and then color it in with water based markers. Finally, they spray water over the paper so that the colors run. I loved this idea and the littles had a great time with it but I'm sorry that I can't give proper credit to it's originator :( The computer should be making my life easier - why do I feel like it's just making me crazy???

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

little miss muffet has nothing on us . . .

The littles took turns acting out "Little Miss/Master Muffet" while I snapped photos. Once the photos were developed we glued them on paper and drew spiders.

I attached the following poem to each of their papers:

Little Miss/Master __________ sat on her/his tuffet eating her/his ______________ all day. Along came a spider who sat down beside her/him and frightened Miss/Master _________ away!

The littles had fun telling me what they were eating out of the bowls.

Friday, October 1, 2010

jack smiled back and then replied, "i'm just a pumpkin with a light inside"

a little color mixing with watercolor paint
some tearing construction paper for a stem
sharpie for a cute face
a bit of teacher help for the face cutting
scraps of kite paper behind the faces
and . . . voila! adorable jacks

i love these every year