Friday, February 9, 2018

Below & Beyond 5's: 100 Books Every Child Should Hear before Kindergar...

Below & Beyond 5's: 100 Books Every Child Should Hear before Kindergar...: 100 Books Every Child Should Hear before Kindergarten I posted this list a couple of months back. Click title above to go to the websit...

I posted this list a couple of months back. Click title above to go to the website for your copy of this incredible list.
I can proudly say that I am able to check off more titles. I am even happier 😊that I have been able to build small group activities based on most of the books that I read aloud!

Here is what was read: 
1). Harry the Dirty Dog by GeneZion
This book was read at greeting time and randomly several other times over the course of a week. 

**Opposite Words Activities** 
Move your Body- this activity was a huge success as children moved in/out, up/down, above/below, over/under, stand/sit, open arms/close arms, walk/run, stop/go

Opposite Word Cards Matching Game- 24 card set allows children to match opposite words. Each card features the written word (for letter recognition) and a picture. Simply print, cut and laminate. Available for $1.00 at   https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Opposite-Words-Word-Cards-3628363


 2). Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
This book was also read during greeting time and several other times. This book was also chosen by the children to read at "Independent Reading Time"

**Colorful Shoe Activities**
Color Match- children stated foods (other than what was in the book) that were the colors to match those in books.
Shoe Color Graph- we made a graph of who was wearing a specific color of shoes. Children wrote their names under the color of their shoes.

The truth be known I believe that 4 or 5 Pete the Cat books were read in the past two weeks. Currently I am in the process of creating a take home literacy bag featuring three books and file folder games. It is going to be great! It is also going to be available at https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Miss-Vickis-Bookkits



3). The Napping House by Audrey Wood 
This book was read with the children repeating the phrases from the book- a dozing dog.

**Sequencing Activities**
What Comes Next- using toys (a rubber dog, a woman figurine etc) to represent the characters in the book the children placed them in the order as they crawled into bed.

The concept of sequence and what comes next was implemented through out the day with the daily routine, bath rooming habits (what do you do next) and getting dressed.





  4). Curious George by Margaret and H.A. Rey
This book was read aloud and listened to using a CD. While the children listened each child took a turn cuddling a stuffed George.

There were discussions about doing the right thing, being curious and friends after reading this book.







5). The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
When this book was read we had about 3 inches of snow on the ground and had not been outside in weeks because of the cold. Well I am enjoying my SNOW DAY from the comfort of my couch as we have more than five inches of freshly fallen heavy wet snow. The prediction for snow is 9-14 inches TODAY, 2-4 inches on Saturday and 2-4 more on Sunday.

Looks like this could be a book to read when we get back to school next week.




So these are the books we have read...Looking forward to reading more from the list and providing the children with meaningful read alouds and great experiences!

Monday, January 15, 2018

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Below:      https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/100-Days-of-School- Printables-3585860 Click the link above to download your F...
    



Click the link above to download your FREE copy of all 6 pages! 
Use for the 100th day of School.
Ideal for math centers, morning work and counting practice!








Saturday, January 13, 2018

Below & Beyond 5's: Book List Challenge Underway!Recently I posted a ...

Below & Beyond 5's: Book List Challenge Underway!
Recently I posted a ...
: Book List Challenge Underway! Recently I posted a book list - "100 Books Every Child Should Hear before Kindergarten". This li...
Book List Challenge Underway!

Recently I posted a book list - "100 Books Every Child Should Hear before Kindergarten". This list was put together by https://growingbookbybook.com/ 

 I discovered that only a few of the books on the list have been included in my daily read alouds. 
To mark off a book from the list we decided to read:

                                                "The Mitten" by Jan Brett

The children enjoyed the book. They were amazed at the number of animals that crawled into one mitten, to stay warm. After reading the story we engaged in three activities: 

1) How many counting frogs/ bears will fit in your mitten?  
This was a small group- counting and predicting activity.
2). "I wear mittens/gloves" graphing activity
                       
3). Name tag writing activity - children wrote their names and the number of animals in their mittens for the graph.


Other activities stimulated the minds of the children as they were curious about animals that like winter weather. That led to polar bears and penguins in our winter sensory table.



Check back to see what other books we mark off the "100 Books Every Child needs to Hear Before Kindergarten"......


#childrens books, #read alouds, #preschool, #preschool activities, #preschool graphing





Below

Below: Winter Sensory Table               #preschool, #sensorytable,  #winterfun, #discovery, #childcare
Winter Sensory Table


#preschool, #sensorytable,  #winterfun, #discovery, #childcare 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Below & Beyond 5's: It is the last day of winter break....I was thin...

Below & Beyond 5's: It is the last day of winter break....

I was thin...
: It is the last day of winter break.... I was thinking that I should be sleeping in, but honestly the last few nights have been filled with...
It is the last day of winter break....

I was thinking that I should be sleeping in, but honestly the last few nights have been filled with restless sleep. Why? because I have had two weeks off for break and I realized that come tomorrow morning my room at work will be filled with children that have also been away for two weeks. Plus my room is still decorated from Christmas and we have a ton of snow and it has been too cold to go outdoors which is supposed to carry on into the week.

So am I panicking- No just thinking about all that needs to be done to get my room together and more importantly than having a newly decorated room- what am I going to do with the children that are missing mommy, overly tired, wanting to play with their toys from home and  with those children who have completely forgotten all the safety and behavioral rules. 




Yes Pinterest and Facebook are filled with millions of awesome ideas, many of which I may try. There was one item on Facebook that I felt was something that I could use for days to come...



   100 Books Every Child Should Hear Before
                Kindergarten

For your list of 100 Books Every Child Should Hear Before Kindergarten follow the link above. There is much information on this site.

I have looked at the list and checked off the books that I have read to my preschoolers- but I have a long way to go! As I earn a check mark next to another book I will post the book and any activities that we do along with the book. 

Can I complete the list this school year??? I am up for the challenge.









Friday, January 5, 2018

Welcome to 2018!

Below:              The new year is upon us!  Wishing everyone a happy , healthy and safe 2018! Like many of you the weather has been ro...
       The new year is upon us! 
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and safe 2018!
Like many of you the weather has been rough, but it has provided many photo opportunities. 
While determining that it is too brutally cold to go outside (longer than to snap a few photos)- I have been had a great deal of time to think about what the new year could hold.

 
I realized that most of my post are related to Miss Vicki's Bookkits/ Below & Beyond 5s at Teacherspayteachers.com .
I proudly post new products, share when there is a sale and give you heads up when I want to share in my success. 

So while I sit and stare at the icicles forming daily from my roof I thought that this would be the place to share some of my knowledge as a preschool teacher. A place to share the knowledge of others in the field. A place to share helpful hints, tips and tricks that I have used to get me through the day. I also would like to share information that I have stumbled across on Facebook or other sites that catch my eye. So having thought about all that....keep coming back because you never know what you might find or discover!

Best Wishes for a great 2018!