We have been having a great time making Christmas cards to send to 30 other classrooms from around the world. We are taking part in the Holiday Card Exchange with over 1,100 other classes in the world. This project is organized by a lovely lady in California named Jennifer Wagner. We have to make 30 cards and send them to the 30 names on our list. We will be receiving cards back from all the names on our list! We took part in this project last year and it was very exciting. This year we have cards going to Kenya, New Zealand, and Japan. We have cards going to five places in Canada, and lots of cards going to a large variety of places in the United States!
Sparkles, our Elf on the Shelf is back this year and started her visit with a snowball fight with the dinosaurs in the classroom. The snowballs were miniature marshmallows! Of course,we had to eat up the marshmallows to prevent further fights.
She has been leaving treats for the children each day!
Sinterclaas paid a visit too!
We are starting a new type of Brown Bag sharing over the next few weeks. We will be sharing our favorite Christmas customs. My family celebrates Sinterclass. I brought my wooden shoes to school and taught the children a few words in Dutch. That was enough to have our classroom become honorary Dutch citizens for the day and Sinterclaas paid a surprise visit! He left some Dutch gingerbread, chocolate coins, pencils, and chocolate letters. Very yummy!
We have been having fun making sentences! The children love making sentences on the Promethean Board.
Thank you to everyone who sent me their sentences using the word banks that were sent home! The pictures are awesome and the sentences are fantastic!
Here are just a few samples! I have a lot more and will post them over the next little while!
This is a neat idea from Evan’s family that I have to share! They made flashcards of all the Pre-Primer Dolch words and put them on his bedroom ceiling. Then Evan used his flashlight to find words to read! Too much fun! I think I will try it with our next word list in the classroom!
We have been working with a variety of word recognition apps in the classroom. One of my favorites is Montesorri Words. T
The children have to spell the word to match the picture by dragging the appropriate letters to fill the boxes. It has several levels of difficulty ranging from simple three and four letter words to more complicated crossword puzzles. The children really like it because it rewards each correct answer with a fun page that lets them move a variety of images around the screen.
The other word recognition app we have been using a lot is Word Bingo.
This is a great little app that lets the children practice the Dolch word lists. There is a bingo component and a spelling component.
You can also find this game on the ABC Ya! site. We have a link to the game on our classroom WIKI!
We have been working on learning to print our numbers and letters correctly. Guess what! There is an app for that! My favorite one is called Letter School. This is a very popular app. The animations are amazing. My favorite one is the lawnmower!
It is fun to listen to the children giggle at the animations. It is really fun when I attach the iPad to our Promethean board! They love the one with the fuse! It looks like it blows up and shakes the whole screen. Learning how to print can be lots of fun!