This week I had the opportunity to teach a lesson to my son’s Kindergarten class. His teacher requested a lesson on The -AT Word Family and since I happened to be teaching on Halloween I figured there was no better time to bring in a black cat🙂. The lesson was pretty easy to prepare. I pre-made a construction paper cat for each child. The front of the cat was black and the back was white. I let the children cut the stenciled cat out and also gave them white paper for the whiskers, pink paper for the nose, a black circle for the curly tail, and of course google eyes!!! I really love the way they each made their cat a little bit different… You can see a couple examples in these pictures! I really think these sweet black cats look a little bit like their creators🙂. The curly tails were a little tricky, but the kiddos did an amazing job. I taught them how to cut a circle into a spiral and then attach it to their cat! They are hard to see in the pics, but were absolutely adorable!
On the white side of the kitty we wrote down all of the -at family words we could think of. CAT, SAT, FAT, MAT, RAT, PAT, BAT, HAT, VAT, and even CHAT! Some children were able to do this quickly on their own, while others needed some guided instruction. It was an easily differentiated lesson in this way! You could definitely extend this lesson by having them read their words out loud to the class, individually to an adult, or even to a partner!
Have I mentioned that I LOVE KINDERGARTEN??? CUZ I DO :)!
In the spirit of the season, I brought out an old favorite for the cooking class I teach at Montessori. It’s called “PUMPKIN PIE PLAY DOUGH” and it’s awesome! It smells and looks like pumpkin pie, but it’s play dough… I highly suggest making it, it was so much fun! I tripled this recipe to make enough for 12 children to take home. The recipe below is originally from Family Fun Magazine…
Pumpkin Pie Play Dough
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tarter
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon veg oil
1 cup water
6 drops red food coloring
15 drops of yellow food coloring
Combine dry ingredients in a non-stick pan
Add oil, water, food coloring and whisk until smooth
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it forms a ball
Turn onto counter, let cool slightly, knead until smooth
The words “Soccer Mom” crack a bit of a giggle in society today… There’s a bit of a negative connotation that goes along with being a “soccer mom”… I’m not really sure how that started and I actually don’t know how it became so laughable? Is it because soccer mom’s drive big SUV’s that haul multiple children, gear, and various snacks; not to mention smashed goldfish, wet homework papers and stinky socks? Is it because soccer mom’s sit on the sidelines and chitchat about the community, school and neighborhood happenings? Is it because soccer mom’s show up with enough chairs, blankets, hats, mittens, coats, scarves, and snacks to share with the entire sidelines? Maybe it’s because soccer mom’s come straight from work, the market, the post office, or the urgent care clinic and arrive EXACTLY as the ball is dropping for kick off? Better yet, it must be because soccer mom’s have volunteered to help coach the team along with organizing the snack schedule, picture day paperwork, volunteering at the school and making sure the crock pot meal will be ready in time for some hungry players immediately following tonight’s game. I’m sure at some point or another I’ve participated in giggling about this mommy stereotype, but I have something to tell you… Being a SOCCER MOM is actually really enjoyable- as my boys would say, “it’s super fun”. It’s beyond exciting to watch your young one out on the field vying for the ball while you simultaneously hold a conversation with several other parents about which program you should enroll your child in the next season. It’s exhilarating to watch your child score a goal and act like an airplane while running towards his teammates for a big group hug! It melts your heart when the coach hugs your little player after the winning goal gets past him in the net and tells him it’s all part of the game. And it’s simply amazing to witness the pride on your child’s face when he realizes that his part of the team is important and valuable. The stereotypes are right, my SUV is packed, my schedule is tight, and my voice is loud (B-E-A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E)! Being a soccer mom is a gift and a blessing that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. Thank you S Brothers for giving this girl the gift of being a soccer mom! GO BULLDOGS!
P.S. I can’t wait for Baseball Season!!! :)
Here are just a couple Halloween Crafts we’ve done in the past… ENJOY
The boys and I made spiders for decoration… I used black construction paper cut into a circle for the body… Fan folded strips of black paper for the legs and used a white crayon to draw the faces… I certainly wouldn’t want to find one of these guys in the corner of my living room!
I made these “mummy cups” by wrapping a paper cup in gauze and sticking some google eyes to the front of the cup… I filled the cups with glow sticks, pencils, erasers, noise makers and a sucker and gave one to each of the kids…
What is a special holiday without cut out cookies! My kids love rolling, cutting and even decorating cookies!
We are a baseball family. Our boys LOVE baseball and are picking up all aspects of the sport very quickly. This season, my husband coached our older boy’s little league teams. Did you know that on your resume for coaching you need to indicate whether you “spit seeds” or not? I guess it’s a prerequisite for coaching the sport of baseball, who knew???? Well our baseball season is over, but for some reason, spitting season is not. Just for the record, I am not a fan of seed spitting. I will, however, tolerate this as I live with four dudes and I’d much rather they spit seeds then spit ANYTHING else… Needless to say, the seed spitting habit has brought about a few questions around our house… Where do sunflower seeds come from? Where do sunflowers grow? How big do they get? Should we pick some? As you know, I like to use every opportunity I can as a teachable moment, so Daddy’s “habit” was turned into a quick lesson on sunflowers. We’ve been growing sunflowers but the big buggers take a long time to grow… We decided online research was our best way to learn quickly! Once we learned all we could about these beauty’s we made these cute projects.. To duplicate the project you will need:
white construction paper
Yellow & green tempera paint & brushes
I simply painted my boys hands with the yellow paint and lightly pressed their gooey fingers on the paper to make a hand petal! I repeated this four times in opposing directions to mimic the shape of a flower. I then let them paint their own stems and leaves. Once our pictures had dried we used white glue to attach a few (don’t worry Daddy) of Mister’s sunflower seeds to the center of our flowers… Viola, handprint sunflowers! I think we’ll keep these up all summer, they are so sunny!