We started our morning by reading the book No, No, Natalie, by Grace E. Moremen. I read this story to the children when we studied the letter “N”, but since there is a rabbit involved and it was my favorite when I was a little girl I read it again.
Next, the children completed a few activities and placed them in their folders before taking them home. They colored a primary and secondary color wheel from Kidzone. We had done a color mixing activity on Wednesday so this was a review of that.
Then, we talked about the colors of a rainbow (minus indigo) and talked about their order. I had pre-cut rectangles out of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple paper and labeled them accordingly. The children had to follow my directions about which color to glue into their folder next.
Also included in their folders was a copy of our Peter Rabbit song from Monday and a picture of Peter Rabbit to color from this site, their letter “R” tracing paper and mini book from First School, and the word “rainbow” that I wrote using the colors of the rainbow.
The children had used watercolor paints to make rainbows on their folders on Wednesday.
Later, we looked at some rocks and I helped each child make a recycled rock ring. (Say that three times fast.) Can you guess what we used?
Orange juice carton pull tabs. I had been saving them ever since I saw an idea for using them at No Time For Flashcards. For our rings I gave the children some permanent markers (Brave, I know.) and let them color the tops. Then they each picked out a special rock that I hot glued to the top. The rings were a little big, but the kids all liked them.
The rocket worksheet above is one that I have had for quite a few years. It combined three skills in one paper. I asked the children to write their names at the top and color the rockets. Then, they were to try to cut on the lines with scissors. Some did better than others at the cutting, but I praised each one for their efforts.
We also did two gross motor activities that went with our “R” theme. We ran in place and then did different things as we were running. For example, I asked the children to run in place quickly, then slowly, then while clapping their hands, and so on.
We also did a type of relay. I lined up the children and gave the first person in line a small rock to hold. Then I stood at the opposite side of the room. The first child was to jump all the way to me and then back to where they started. Once they got to the next child they were to hand off the rock and the next child skipped to me and back. This continued with me making up a different activity for each child until everyone had a turn.
Excellence in Early Childhood Education had a great post yesterday with some large motor skill-building ideas.
We had a great morning, and I am looking forward to starting our study of the letter “S” on Monday. Have a great weekend!