Thursday, October 9, 2008

gordo gorilla week!

Here are some pictures from our week with gordo!

One objective I am trying to teach the children here is that letters make up words and words make up sentences. We do this in different ways. Chase and Kylie are circling words on this poem about geese.

I gave each student a bag with the letters a-g. They were to put the letters in order. It was fun to listen to them sing the song as they completed this activity.

We couldn't pass up the opprotunity to use gold and green glitter on our g!

Chase is adding the correct labels to the pages in his "Goofy Glenda" story. Each page had a different creature that popped out of the witches black pot. Each creature's name started with /g/ so I stressed the final sound to help them distinguish which word to pick. (i.e. the /n/ in gremlin or /t/ in ghost)
Sometimes I will enunciate the sounds heavily which will probably sound pretty funny. I have heard from some parents that their child will do the same at home and today Kylie demonstrated how to sound out "necklace" for me. It is like we have our own language!! Too funny...but they are learning, right!

The weather has been absolutely beautiful and the leaves are beginning to change. Last year I took some pictures of 3 different trees nearby as their leaves changed colors and then fell off. I made these into cards for the children to see the changes the trees go through. After discussing the changes in the leaves' colors the children made their own trees.

The highlight of the week was our fieldtrip to the grocery store-Piggly Wiggly! They were so wonderful to the children! It was even fun for the adults too!

I didn't get pictures at every stop we made but here are a few. The children could get their face painted. Then we went to the floral dept. where they each got a foam turkey(it doesn't sound cute but it was;)). Then they took us to the meat dept. where the meat manager cut up a chicken for them. The children also got to feel how cold -25 degrees felt like when they went inside the big freezer!

Today when I asked the children what their favorite part of the fieldtrip,most said the cookies! Mr. Tim from the bakery let the children help decorate their own sugar cookie. When we were done they had made up a "goody bag"-from the red reusable shopping bags- for each child with 2 mylar balloons, candy, a ruler, and a group shot with the Pig. It was such a fun time!!

Here is the thank you card we made for them this morning. I want to take this fieldtrip each year!

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