This limitation has brought me to the realization that I must give initial lessons on most materials during the large group Circle Time. Up until this point I have shown the kids what new materials were out in the classroom and then left it up to them to come and ask me for lessons on the materials. Although the kids have really been responsible in asking for lessons on new materials, I can only give so many lessons at one time and in one morning. And, since I was spending so much time giving lessons on materials, I did not have time to observe the kids working or begin things like sandpaper letters -- which is very important!
So, as I stated earlier, I will give initial lessons on most materials during large group Circle Time. Then, I will be able to give additional lessons on these materials as they are needed and also have time to observe the kids in their work and start on some individual/small group language lessons during work/play time.
I tried this new approach today in my 4's class and it worked very well! So, next week I plan to start the sandpaper letters with the kids! I am really excited to see how the kids respond to these!
This week I added even more materials to my preschool classroom. The theme is "All About Me and My Family," so many of the materials are related to this theme. Here are some of the materials I added:
|I am incorporating an "Artist of the Month" this year. This month is Thomas Gainsborough. These are the two prints of his that I have out in the classroom: "Pinkie" and "Blue Boy." He is known for painting portraits on landscapes.|
|Body Part 3-part cards|
|Shape Person craft|
|Pin Pushing: person|
|Growing Up sequencing activity.|
|Body Parts patterns|
|Red Kobless Cylinders|
|Sponge Squeezing: This was a huge "hit" with the kids! And, yes, I realize that the sponge is on the wrong side of the tray... I accidentally put it there when I took the picture...|
|Baster: This was another huge "hit" with the kids!|
Here are some pics of the kids using the new materials this week:
|Growing Up sequencing|
|Pin Pushing - person|
|Shape Person craft|
|Body Parts 3-Part Cards|
|Red Rods: Doesn't he look proud!|
|Red Knobless Cylinders: This is not the presentation I gave on this material, but this is what most of the kids did when they tried it themselves!|
|Body Part pattern|
I'm linking up with Living Montessori Now and One Hook Wonder for Montessori Monday.