I used foam again. A. set them out on the floor and after we ordered the raindrops from 0-10, we put some of them upside down on the foam puddles. Then a child would jump over a puddle and flip the rain drop over, telling us what number it is. Then they'd "run laps" around our 'circle' (talked about that before). Wow, they were tired! :-) Good for them! C. has an energy problem that most likely correlates with his allergies so we made an exception and as long as he was walking while the others were moving then that was okay. Sometimes they galloped, walked like a detective, tried rolling but that didn't work very well and so on. When they knew it was their turn they'd take a flying jump over a puddle as they came back from their last lap. FYI, if you are allowing your child to run on noncarpeted floor I suggest skid socks or no socks. :-)
Moveable Letters: We reviewed short vowel sounds, a-e-i-o and u I sorted the pictures, vowels, and consonants in separate containers. The child put the pictures on his page, then matched the vowel sound and finally added the beginning and ending sound. We also reinforced "reading" the word by using the dot and arrow method (Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons). This is a great way to provide a visual for sounding out and reinforcing that we go from left to right.
This one in particular talks about the short vowels and how they "stick the words together". And it also introduces blends.
Art: Still working on our color mixing. We'll do a couple more "longer" sessions so we can get the book completed. Today was blue+yellow=green.
Doesn't that one on the bottom right remind you a big of Vincent van Gogh's work? Must be the colors. Need a bit more and we got a "Starry Night" going on. :-)
If you've been following along you probably have noticed that with each color mixing exploration, we use different brushes. Today we used our tactile brushes. Remember you can make your own! You don't have to purchase them. Just fasten whatever you want to paint with to a craft stick or clothespin :-)
Wacky Painting Tools
Can't see it in the picture but they wrote the letters a-e-i-o-u on the raindrops and on the other side drew a picture (my preK student had help from an 8 yr old...with my preschoolers I'll have pictures available for them to choose from if I every do this activity with them) of a word that had that short vowel sound. You can see the ripples so can probably tell these are just half of paper plate.
Letter Formation: On the same note as above...we created Rainbow R's on one side of a piece of card stock and for fun made a watercolor rainbow on the back.
And T. decided not to nap...think he knows he's "missing out". Guess that's fine as it'll get him ready for this fall. Thank goodness for washable markers! However, we can see all the scratches in the top of the high chair now. He was saying "urple, urple, urple!" so that makes it all worth it!