Sunday, February 10, 2013

Valentines Day Unit!

Valentines Day Unit!
Candy Heart Count
Math - counting, writing numbers
I gave Addie a bowl of candy hearts.  She sorted and grouped the hearts by color.  Then she counted each group and wrote the appropriate number on the matching heart on the Candy Count mat.  Addie used a dry erase marker to write the numerals.  (I made the Candy Count  mat by cutting out colored paper hearts that match the candy hearts.  I glued the hearts to a piece of construction paper and laminated the mat. I laminated the mat so the activity can be done over and over!
Addie's finished mat.
Candy Heart Color Match
sorting and color identification
I gave Tana two of each color candy heart.  She then sorted the candy hearts by placing each candy heart on it's match on the heart mat! 
Candy Heart Explosion
Math - counting, writing numbers
I cut out 4 different colors of paper hearts.  I used  markers to draw the same color hearts on a piece of paper.  I wrote the numbers 1-9 on the top of the paper.  I then took all of the paper hearts and tossed them up in the air in the living room.  Addie had to gather and sort the hearts by color and count the color groups.  She glued the paper hearts to the paper according to their colors .She then wrote the correct numerals on the paper in the appropriate hearts. 
Box of Chocolates Counting
Math - counting, writing numbers,
cutting and pasting, name writing
I drew a heart on red construction paper.  Addie cut the heart out and glued it to a large piece of construction paper. She added a gold glitter outline to the inside of her heart!  She then picked a number card and read the number aloud.  (Her number was 10)  Next she counted out 10 pieces of chocolate (shapes cut out from brown construction paper).  Next, she picked another number card (4).  This number is the number of chocolates she ate.  She glued 4 chocolates on the outside of her box and the remaining chocolates in the heart.  She then filled in the form with the appropriate information!
Valentine Cookies On My Plate
Math - counting,  writing numbers
 Addie colored the girl to look like her.  Then she counted her different colored "cookie" hearts and glued the "cookies" to her plate.  She then filled in the form.  She is still a little to young for math equations, but it was great practice for writing her numbers and counting! 
Here is the link to the Valentine Cookie Math Activity
I See Hearts Looking At Me!
colors and counting
 I created this book myself.  The rhyme is . . .
Hearts, hearts 1, 2, 3.
I see (insert color) hearts looking at me.
For each page Addie and Tana attached 3 hearts for the corresponding color.
They used foam sticky hearts, glitter hearts and construction paper hearts.

Candy Kiss Find and Count!
Math - Counting, number recognition
I created a 2x5 table on the computer.  I then wrote the numbers 1-10 in the boxes.  I decorated it with hearts and the title - Candy Kiss Find and Count!
I took 10 chocolate kisses and put 1-10 dots on the bottoms of the kisses.  Connor hid the kisses in the family room.  Addie had to search for the chocolate kisses.  When she found a chocolate kiss she counted the dots and placed the kiss on the matching number on the Candy Kiss Find and Count sheet! 
Addie finding a chocolate kiss
Addie counting the dots on the bottom of the candy kiss
Placing a kiss on the correct number!
The candy kiss number grid
Valentine Penguin Matching Game
matching and sorting
We played this game as a family.  We each took turns picking cards and placing the cards on our game boards when we had a match.  The first person to fill their game board wins!
Here is the link to this fun penguin matching game
Addie finding a match!
Connor and Addie checking their game boards
Valentine Vowels
vowel sounds
A is for apple!
As a starting point -  we are just working on the beginning sounds of words!
Make, take & teach provided me with this great vowel sound activity!  I am really starting to work on vowel sounds with Addie.  This cute activity/template was a fun way to introduce and work on the different sounds!
Something I will love forever . . .
Writing, drawing
Cut a red heart from construction paper. 
Draw something you will love forever. 
Glue the heart on the writing template.
Write a sentence telling what you will love forever.
Here is the link for this wonderful Valentines writing template
ABC Hearts
Writing uppercase letters, ordering letters
Cut out 26 hearts from construction paper.  I did purple and pink hearts.
Write the alphabet on the hearts.
Glue the hearts to a strip of paper in ABC order.
Addie's letters A-G
Valentines Day Crafts
Heart Fairies!
Glue a large heart upside down for the skirt - We used a heart from a doily.
Attach a medium size heart for the body - above the large heart.
Attach two medium sized hearts on the sides for the wings.
Draw a head, facial features, hair, arms and legs!

Tree of Hearts
Trace hand and forearm on green construction paper.
Cut it out and glue to black or blue construction paper.
Glue on colored construction paper hearts!

Love Grows Here
Link to my older post about these cute heart flowers - Love Grows Here!

Glitter Love Bugs
Link to my older post giving directions on how to make these Glitter Love Bugs!
Classroom Teacher Valentine!
Connor and I made this valentine for his 2nd grade teacher.
I originally saw this valentine idea in the February 2007 issue of Family Fun Magazine.  Here is the link for the Kernels of Love Template
The popcorn that we taped on the back!


Friday, February 1, 2013

Winter Unit!

Winter Fun Unit!
Mitten Matching -
Math - Counting, one-to-one correspondence and number recognition
I found this free template from the wonderful site Maketaketeach   Addie loved playing this number/counting matching game!
Snowman Name!
Name Writing
We cut out enough "snowballs" to make a head for the snowman and the "name" body.  Addie glued on a hat, scarf, boots and arms.  She drew the eyes, nose and mouth.  She cut out bits of white paper to make the falling snow!
Winter Clothes Mobile
What belongs 
I posted this activity earlier in the month.  Here is the link to my earlier post about the
Snowman Letter Booklet
Writing uppercase and lowercase letters 
I created a word document and inserted a snowman from clipart and enlarged it to the size I wanted.  I printed multiple copies and Addie practiced writing some of her upper and lowercase letters.  Below is a sample of her G's and D's!
I cut out each "Letter Snowman" and glued it to construction paper and trimmed around the snowman to reinforce it.  Lastly, I punched a hole on the hat of each "Letter Snowman" and used a clasped ring to make a Snowman Letter Bookletfor Addie
Winter Fun Patterns
Patterns and cutting and pasting
I created a Word document and used clipart to find a snowflake, snowman sled and mittens for making patterns.  Addie cut out each item and made specific patterns!
Winter Wonderland Fill the Frame
5 and 10 Frame game
Counting, one to one correspondence
Addie placing the correct number of snowflakes on the mittens
Link to the Winter Wonderland Fill the Frame activity
In My Snowglobe
Winter art and writing activity
I saw this great activity on Kreative In Kinder
Snowflake Counting
Number recognition, counting, cutting and pasting
Addie cut out the numbers 1-10 and glued each number below a snowman.  Then she cut out the appropriate number of snowflakes and glued them above the each snowman.  I am going to make this into a number book for her!
Here is the link to this great Snowflake Math activity.
Hot Cocoa and Counting Marshmallows
name and number writing, counting
The template says
Hot cocoa in (insert name)'s cup,
she just wants to drink it up.
(insert name) puts (insert number) marshmallows in
and now the drinking can begin!
I created the rhyme and printed it.  Addie wrote her name in the appropriate places.  She rolled a dice and counted the dots.  Then she used a hole punch to punch out the correct number of marshmallows from a piece of white craft foam.  She glued the "marshmallows" in the mug. 
I drew the mug and cut out the mug and wavy line for the mug.  Addie glued the mug to the black paper and glued the "hot cocoa" to the mug.  She then glued the rhyme to the top and wrote in the appropriate number of marshmallows! 
Other Winter Crafts we did this month!
Click on the link to go to my blog post about each winter craft.