Monday, August 22, 2011

Color Unit

The last two weeks have been focused on teaching colors. The kids had a lot of fun being dressed "alike" for each color day. We worked on color recognition (which many of your little ones already know most if not ALL their colors!), how to read/ spell each color word,  and identifying the 3 primary colors and what combinations make secondary colors.

Pink day:
I use the Frog Street Press sing and Read Color collection to teach color words to my students. My little kiddos love the big books and music CD that accompanies them! You may have heard them singing the songs at home.

We also have red lots of books about colors. Some of their favorites have been:

 Our most challenging task has been making our color pages for our color book. This involves many different levels of abilities. The children have to listen for directions, be able to recognize their color words, use scissors, squeeze glue and count the words in the sentence.

Here is an example of  "Black is a spider." and "Red is cherry pie!":

Color Mixing:
Our "Yellow day Brunch"

Exploring primary colors through finger painting.

Predictable sentences; this is where the sentences are all the same with the exception of where they fill in the blank. We point to each word and the kids read! Yes... READ. Later in the week the sentence is typed out, cut into pieces and given to the students to put back together. They then draw a picture to match their words. We make a class book for the final product. This week we did My favorite color is... (sorry, it would not rotate for me!)
Working on our fine motor skills: lacing.
 We also made flubber! They had soooooo much fun getting their hands all gooey. We followed the recipe directions and each had a turn to help make our goop. Flubber is very easy to make. Here is the recipe if you would like to make some on your own:
2 cups of water
1 cup of white glue
1 tsp. Borax detergent mixed with 1/4 cup warm water
Food coloring
Mix 2 cups of water with 1 cup of glue. Add several drops of food coloring and mix. Add Borax mixture to glue mixture and stir well. Place flubber on hard surface and have fun! Easily washes out with warm water. Keep stored in air tight container for up to 2 weeks.

 And finally, I am sure you have all heard of our furry new classmate! Meet Harley, our beloved white kitty that is AWESOME with the kids. They all do very well not chasing him, giving him treats and giving soft pets.

I would love to hear your comments about what is happening at DBP! Please feel free to drop a line or two. Or you can leave your comments on blogger. Thanks! 
Ms. Jaymee

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