Field Trip=Fun (and face paint)

Hello, hello, hello!

I’m coming at your from a wonderful, long weekend, full of friends, family, and sunshine. It’s late Sunday night and I haven’t had a chance to blog about our field trip on Thursday- I’ll blame this guy…

Oh hello!

Oh hello!

Does that cute face make up for my late posting? I’m going to say yes ๐Ÿ™‚

Childrenย Museum

On Thursday, summer school took a field trip to a Children’s Museum near our school, a hands-on, active learning/play center. It’s a great place, one I’d been too a couple of times as a kid (although not in the nice, new building location!) So I knew I was very excited to go and see if it was all that I remembered it to be (especially the grocery shopping area, it was the BEST!)

So as soon as the kiddlets got to school, we boarded the buses and headed out.

Children's Museum

Children’s Museum

The kids wasted no time, they immediately jumped in and began playing, learning, and exploring! One of the places I loved was the Sandwich shop, where the kids made “sandwiches”, scooped ice cream, and a generous student sold it all to me for only one dollar! Now that’s a bargain! ๐Ÿ™‚

Children's Museum

Children’s Museum

Children's Museum

Children’s Museum

The sound room was also great! The kids banged, boomed, and rang their way through the exhibit and couldn’t have had more fun!

Children's Museum

Children’s Museum

Children's Museum

Children’s Museum

My favorite room was the Water Works. The kids shrieked and giggled as they turned the different knobs, pushed the buttons, and cranked the levers which squirted water all over the place!

Children's Museum

Children’s Museum

They practiced being vets and taking care of animals…

Children's Museum

Children’s Museum

learned about light and electricity…

Children's Museum

Children’s Museum

played with trains…

Children's Museum

Children’s Museum

and perhaps their favorite- ย face paint! Now, I’m going to be honest- I’m not entirely sure what they were suppose to be learning about at this station, but it sure was good fun!

Children's Museum

Children’s Museum

They got very creative with their face paint!

The time went by WAY too quickly, as it always does on field trips, and before we knew it, we were loading back on the buses and heading back to school.

It was a great time and I really think all the kids had a blast. Since this summer school is an enrichment program, it’s nice to take time out for fun experiences like this one.

And now, because I’m since ub-sessed with all things wedding, here is another one of my fav pictures from a few weeks ago…

 

Wedding!

Wedding!

Good night and I can’t wait to see all my smiling friends faces tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer School Recap #1: Sight Word Practice- How to Make it Fun!

Good morning all! I hope you are off to a fantastic start to your day, even if it’s gray and cloudy like it is around these parts! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been snapping some pictures of what we’ve been doing these past few days at summer school and wanted to share some of the fun activities, projects, and games we’ve been doing.

Sight Word Activitiesย 

I view summer school like this- We are here to learn and practice. We are here to get ready for the next school year. We are here to support the students skills to help them improve. AND- to remember that it is summer. And some teachers students have a harder time focusing in the summer. So what can you do?

Well, I try to make learning into games and projects that excite the kids and help them learn without really knowing they are learning.

For example, since my group is a mix of Kinders going into 1st, and a few 1st going into 2nd, we are really trying to work on sight word recognition. Some of my kids know a lot of sight words, while some of my kiddlets are still working on this skill. So, we’ve been doing some really fun things to help us!

Here is a student coloring in his sight word watch.

Sight word watch

Sight word watch

I purchased the pack of pre-primer words from TpT and the kids love wearing the “watches” that have a sight word on them. All day we ask each other “What time is it?” and they are so excited to tell you “the time” (which is really the word) ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s how I make it differentiated for the kids. I always use a variety of words with the watches. My students practicing basic sight words use pre-primer words, while my other students who need more of a challenge are being introduced to a harder set of sight words.

Sight word watches

Sight word watches

Sight word watches

Sight word watches

This also really works out, because even though the individual kids have a word at their level, they are still seeing and hearing a lot of other sight words from the other kids. When they ask another kid what time it is, they are hearing and seeing another word. It’s fun and the kids love it!

Sight word musical chairs

Sight word musical chairs

Another game we’ve played is Sight Word Musical Chairs, which I found on no other place but Pinterest (of course!) ๐Ÿ™‚

I saw the idea and immediately knew I could use this in my class to help letter practice and sight word practice. On the orange pieces of paper, I have letters written on one and sight words on another. My kiddos who needed the most help on letters used the letter paper and my kiddos doing more sight words used the other paper. Then, just like musical chairs, I put on some tunes. When the music was playing, the kids walked in a circle around the desks. When the music stopped, they had to stop and write the letter or word that was in front of them on the paper.

Sight word musical chairs

Sight word musical chairs

Sight word musical chairs

Sight word musical chairs

Sight word musical chairs

Sight word musical chairs

It’s a great way to differentiate because the kids are practicing the skill that’s most beneficial to them. It also helps them recognize the letter, sound, or sight word. As they were playing, I heard them saying the letter or word over and over as they wrote.

Plus, it was just plain fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sight word musical chairs

Sight word musical chairs

Sight word musical chairs

Sight word musical chairs

Those are just two of the fun things we’ve been practicing in class! Be sure to check back with us for more fun ideas and see what other activities we’re doing! Have a wonderful, wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Start of Summer School

I know, I know…. it’s been an embarrassing amount of time since I’ve posted last. But I PROMISE– I have a really good excuse! My dog ate my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

No? Not believable?

How about this…

Our wedding!

Our wedding!

I got married over the weekend! It’s true!

And between the end of the school ย year and our wedding, I’ve been INSANELY busy! There was only a week between school finishing, summer school starting, the wedding, grad school (agh!) and with all of that- I’ve been MIA with the blog.

I’m sorry! But, it was worth it- more pics to come ๐Ÿ™‚

Summer School

Summer school started on Monday and I am doing the Summer Seuss reading program again this year. We’ve been making some changes, but all this week I’ve had the same group of awesome pre-K and K students!

They are so sweet, fun, and excited to be here! I was a little late sending home the blog permission slips, so I just started taking pictures today of some of our activities.

Each day, I will be focusing on reading foundational skills, like letters, sounds, and sight words. Mixed in with that, we will be focusing on a Dr. Seuss book and activity to go with that.

Here’s what our day looked like today.

To start each day, we do some word building. We sit together on the carpet, review letter sounds and put some together to make CVC words.

After that, we practice letter writing.

Letter writing

Letter writing

Letter writing

Letter writing

It’s a great way to promote good handwriting and reviewing letters at the same time. After the worksheet, we played a fun “fly swatter” game where students have to identify and “swat” one of the letters on the board. The kids had a really fun time!

Dance

Dance

Next we moved to Dance, where Mrs. Franklin will be teaching us some groovy moves! (Unfortunately I didn’t get many fun shots of this because we also had to practice a hard lock down drill during this time, so this was taken during the “get to know you” time) I promise more fun action shots will come! ๐Ÿ™‚

After dance, it was phonics time! We warm-up with phonemic awareness, which is a time we listen and orally give answer for beginning sounds, rhyming words, compound words, and such. It’s a good way to start our phonics time and gets the kids in the learning letter mode.

"And" watch

“And” watch

For the next part, we focused on our special sight word of the day- AND! To do this, we made “and” watches, the kids got to color them in and then put them on!

"And" watch

“And” watch

"And" watch

“And” watch

"And" watch

“And” watch

How cute are those?

We kept asking each other “What time is it?” and we would say “It’s AND time!” ๐Ÿ˜‰

Up next was our AND room hunt. I was sneaky during coloring time and hit index cards around the room that had the word AND on it. I told the kids they had to go around the room and find the 10 cards I’d hidden. When they found the card, they had to say, “I found AND!”.

 

AND

AND

AND

AND

AND

Looking for the cards

It was a lot of fun and the kids wanted to do it again and again. It’s also a great way for them to recognize the word. And is a word you can sound out, but many of the sight words we’ll be working with can’t be sounded out. The kids just need to learn them by sight- hence the name ๐Ÿ™‚

When the hunt was over and all the cards were found, we settled in to listen to our Dr. Seuss story of the day (it was “What Was I So Afraid Of?”) and then got ready for our activity.

The students worked in partners on rhyming mats, where they had to find 3 words that rhymed with the given word.

Rhyme mats

Rhyme mats

Rhyme mats

Rhyme mats

The kids rotated around the room with their partners to given them a try at all of the words around.

Rhyme mats

Rhyme mats

(Not pictured from our day- Outside play time and math. Sorry, we were having so much fun I forgot to take pictures!)

Our day always ends with lunch and then pack-up.

Thank you for checking out our fun, fun day of summer school. I’ll be updating as much as I can, so keep checking back! You can also subscribe through email, Feedly, or Bloglovin’ to get automatic updates I post something new.

Have a WONDERFUL day!