My own son, Micah, a first grader, thought since we didn’t have a letter of the week, i should teach the kids the chunk TH.
good idea. for chunks and compound words, we use our fists and chant:
this is T, this is H, pound them together TH (here we make the sound)
in honor of thanksgiving, we make turkey hands. i don’t know how many years we’ve done this, but it is so fun to see how different they all look!
the child picks the color of paints to use and the teacher paints her hand. this is naturally an intimate way for the teacher and child to connect. for the child who doesn’t want her hand painted, we trace it with pencil and then paint it in.
then the teacher turns the handprint into a turkey with a few strokes of the marker and a red paint blob!
we have our little poem printed on the paper as well:
this poem has turned into a big body experience with our hands up over our heads and we say “so many feathers on our back” instead of “4 little feathers….” when we say “…and then i take a nap” the children fall to the floor and act like a sleeping turkey until the alarm clock rings.
with rolls of thrifted white fabric, we turned one of our cozy corners into an igloo.
the roof didn’t last terribly long, but that way there was more fabric to be used as “snow blankets.”
we also did a 2 part project one day.
when children arrived, they come to the project table to help snip white strips of paper. we made the strips wide enough so that it would require more than one snip to cut off a piece. if we saw children struggling with this, we cut the strip the long way so all they had to do was make one snip and ta-da! an ice block!
then later in the day, we glued the ice blocks into an igloo shape.
some igloos were just the outline and others were filled in completely.
thank you families for bringing cardboard tubes for show and tell. again, much counting (one day we were able to count in 5 languages…english, spanish, indonesian and then my dad who was visiting added german and french).
we used duct tape, more foam strips, masking tape, old rice, stickers to make shakers and blowers. we had a checklist for preschoolers to notate when they finished each of their instruments.
it was fun watching preschoolers design blowers with more than one end for the sound to come out of.
and how fun it was to discover that a many-times-folded paper touching the tube will vibrate when we hum in the open end. i think we may have been a little much for some of the tired grandparent friends on our instrument parade (which is really like yelling through a tube).
we also made a few rainsticks with the wrapping paper rolls…holes cut for craft sticks to be pushed through, then tape up one end, pour in rice, tape up the other end. it sounded surprisngly rainstick-ish.