Saturday, February 2, 2013

Beginning and Middle Sounds

The children have to find the missing beginning and middle letter sound.

Gingerbread Man Uppercase/Lowercase Letter Matching

The children match the lowercase (baby gingerbread) letter with the uppercase (mama gingerbread) letter.  I wrote numbers on the uppercase and the lowercase letters for self checking.

December Practical Life



Toothpick Drop

This is a favorite practical life work in our room.  The children take the toothpicks and drop them into the holes in the shaker.  I have also used toothpicks that are used for decorating cupcakes.  They have little decorations on the top.

Winter Math

Counting by 10's: the children put the mittens in order and then they can make their own counting by 10's mitten book.
Here is the file: Count by 10's mitten book

Snowman and buttons: counting 1-10

Snowman numbers and counters
snowflake numbers 1-20
The children put the numbers in order from 1-20.  You can see in the top photo that there is a 1-20 number strip for the children to look at if they need help putting the numbers in order.

Phonic Drawers

I have seperated the letter sounds for the alphabet into 4 groups.  Each group has a color and each color has a set of drawers that holds work that goes with those letter sounds. 

Drawer 1: object sort
Drawer 2: picture sort
Drawer 3: letter sound mats
Drawer 4: letter/picture memory game from Montessori For Learning
Drawer 5: Letter/picture matching. I had not attached this drawer when I took the picture. 
I found this work at The Helpful Garden.
Here are the groups:
red letters: a, s, m, e, t, c
yellow letters: o, p, u, d, f, j
blue letters: g, l, b, i , n, w, r
orange letters: h, y, q, z, k, v, x

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Addition and Subtraction

These works can be used during any season by switching the type of counters used.
I made some cards with addition equations that equal 10 or less.  I then placed 10 cat erasers in a dish.  The children take a card and then place the correct number of erasers under each number.  They then count how  many are altogether.  Great beginning addition work.
I also made some cards with subtraction equations that require less than 10 erasers.  The children place the erasers under the first number and then take away as many erasers as the second number states.

Nature Basket

We created a nature basket on our science shelf after the children started bringing in leaves and pine cones from our nature walks.  The children love bringing the tray to the table and looking at the items with the magnifying glass.  I try to encourage some of the students to draw pictures of their observations.

Rock Scrubbing

While on a walk in the field by our school we found a pile of rocks.  The children were very interested in rocks and they all wanted to bring some home.  I decided to have them each collect one rock and bring it back to the classroom to put in the nature basket.  The rocks had some potting soil on them so I decided to have the children do rock scrubbing as a practical life activity before putting them in the nature basket.

Parts of a Pumpkin

I cut open a pumpkin so the children could look at the inside.

Parts of a pumpkin nomenclature cards: The children match the picture and word cards to the control cards.  They then color each part of the pumpkin on their own pages and then write the words.  For the students that are unable to write words independentally, I use a yellow highlighter for them to trace.

Halloween Patterns

I made a pattern card for the children to use to make a Halloween pattern strip.  I also encouraged the children to come up with their own patterns.

Five Little Pumpkins

After reading the book "Five Little Pumpkins" many times to the children, I put out this work on the shelf.  I used some brown construction paper to make a gate and some orange paper to make 5 pumpkins with the numbers 1-5 written on them.  The children place the pumpkins on the gate in numerical order and then they can retell the story.  Big hit in my class this year.

Candy Corn Art

I made copies of straight and diagonal lines onto white, yellow and orange construction paper.  I also printed candy corn clip art labeled with color words white, orange, and yellow.  The students cut the colored paper and glued it into the correct section of the candy corn.  I colored a control sheet with the correct colors so they could check their work.

Pumpkin Paper Punches

I had the students glue one pumpkin paper punch in each square.  This helps promote one to one correspondence needed for counting.

Jack-o-lantern Matching

As a pre-reading activity, the students match the jack-o-lantern faces.

Pilgrim Colors

I printed these cute color pilgrims from  The students place a clothes pin on the color that matches the rectangle that the pilgrim is holding.  Not pictured are cards that have the color word on the rectangle instead of the color.  The students have to read the word and then place a clip on the correct color.

Leaf Snake

I sewed a piece of felt to one end of a ribbon.  I sewed a button to the other end.  I then cut some slits into the center of the leaves.  The students then feed the button through the hole into the leaf to make a leaf snake.  This work teaches beginning sewing skills.

November practical life

Leaf sorting

Leaf tweezing
Bead centerpiece:  The students place the pipe cleaners into the holes of the salt shaker.  They then place the beads onto the pipe cleaners to make a beautiful fall centerpiece.


tonging acorns

I got these cute clothes pins from Michaels.  I was super excited when I found them.  The students clip the clothes pins onto the rim of the bucket.

Paper Punching Fall Trees

The students glued a tree cutout onto construction paper and then used a leaf paper punch to make leaf shapes.  They glued the leaves onto the trees.  I had originally set the work out with strips of colored paper for them to rip into small pieces and glue onto the trees.  I had the paper punch with another work.  One of the students took the leaf paper punch from that work to use on this art project.  Great thinking!

Fall Tree Math

I cut some tree shapes and glued them onto a black background.  I wrote the numbers 1-10 on the trees and I laminated them.  The students lay them out in numerical order and then place the correct number of leaves on each tree.

Leaf Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Matching

I cut out leaf shapes and then cut them in half with different designs.  I then wrote an uppercase letter on the top of the leaf and the lowercase letter on the back of the leaf.  The students then matched the uppercase with the lowercase.  I placed a number on the back of each leaf so they could check their work.  For some of the more advanced students I encouraged them to put the leaves in alphabetical order.

Parts of a Leaf

I made the parts of the leaf out of felt so the students can reconstruct a leaf and then label the parts.  They can use the control chart to check their work.  I also have a blank control chart paper available for them to color and write the labels.  They love this work.

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Parts of a Tree Labeling

I made the parts of the tree out of felt so that the students can reconstruct a tree and then label the tree parts.  They can use the control to check their work.  I also had a copy of the control chart available for them to color and write the words of the parts of the tree.  The love this work.  We also have the parts of the tree puzzle that they like to use the labels for.

December Math

I found some ornaments in the dollar section at Target and decided to use them as counters for the numbers 1-10.  Some of the other students decided to sort them also.

Gingerbread Men Ordering Numbers 1-10. I have provided the files for the numbers 11-20 so this work can be extended.
Gingerbread Men Roll and Mark Game: The children roll the dice.  They count the dots on the dice and then find the matching numeral on the gingerbread man and cover it with a marker.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Comments, Comments, Comments

I have noticed that there is alot of activity on my blog and that thrills me.  If you have some ideas that you would like to share, then send a comment with a link and I would love to check them out.  I am always looking for new work to do with the students. 

Halloween Math

I know it is the beginning of December and I am posting some of my Halloween pictures.  Oops!  I was going to post some of my November/Thanksgiving pictures and I found some old pictures that didn't get posted.

The students put the number pumpkins in numerical order and then place the correct number of pumpkin seeds on the cutout.

The students put the haunted house numbers in numerical order and then placed the correct number of plastic ghosts under the houses.  I cannot remember where I got these cute numbers from.  I am going to keep looking and then post a link when I find the website.
The students are putting the dot numbers out in numerical order.  Then they count the dots and place that many pumpkin erasers on each dot.  I printed these numbers from 1plus1plus1equals1  They offer a color and a b/w copy of these numbers.  I printed off the b/w numbers and then colored the dots to match the Montessori bead stair.
Another use for the pumpkin erasers.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Pink Material Bags

My aunt helped me make these cute bags for the pink material picture/word matching.  There are 5 bags labeled with each vowel.  Here is the "a" bag.  The students lay the picture cards along the left side of the rug and the word cards are placed in a pile.  The students sound out the word and then match it to the picture.