I love the September to December period of school because of the fun activities and holidays that we get to enjoy. Halloween is always a great time because there are so many cute Halloween ideas and the kids love it! Today I will be showing you some centers and activities that I have used in Kindergarten for the weeks leading up to Halloween.
I am loving these Fall center ideas and I can't wait to use them again this year! I love Fall because of the natural materials you can bring into the classroom such as pumpkins, gourds, leaves, acorns, apples etc. The season provides many opportunities for observation, play and discovery. I will be showing you in this post how to use math centres to engage your students in learning.
Ok, it does not feel like fall yet, but those leaves will be changing soon and I want to share with you some Fall ideas you might want to consider this season in your classroom. These have a sensory aspect and have the extra bonus of the ability to include literacy and math practice as well.
Today I will be showcasing some easy ideas to use for exploration time in Kindergarten. This can mean free time or I.C.E. time depending on what you call it in your classroom; usually they are inquiry-based open activities that students can freely explore. I love having un-structured centers because children can use their imagination to explore and create according to their interests. The key is to provide many different materials for students to use including sensory, fine-motor, loose parts, nature materials, craft and building materials etc.
Today I want to show you how I create a pirate themed dramatic play center. In my last post seen here, I talked about how to set-up a castle/Kingdom themed dramatic play center.
As I mentioned before I love dramatic play as it is an excellent way to foster communication, socialization, imagination and literacy/math skills.
Fun sensory bins that children will learn from do not need to be complicated, time-consuming and expensive. We have all seen the beautiful Pinterest and Instagram worthy creations out there with gorgeous toys and hand-dyed sensory materials. I would love to play in those bins myself but as a teacher with a limited personal budget and no money from the school to buy sensory bin materials I need to find simple, cheap ideas that I do not need to spend a whole night creating.
I love sensory bins because they incorporate different skills such as fine-motor, social, communication, co-operation, literacy and math.
In my last post, which you can read here, I introduced easy Kindergarten number centers that require little set-up and time to create. Today I will be talking about easy patterning centers that students will love.
Today I want to show you how I set up a kingdom/castle themed dramatic play center.
I love dramatic play areas as they are an excellent way to foster communication, socialization, imagination and literacy/math skills.
There are many items I have sourced over the years to bring out when I create this center, those items include:
*fabric for capes
*old halloween costumes for Princesses/Princes or knights
*jewels for sensory bin
Welcome to part 2 of my back to school math and literacy series. In my last post which you can read here, I talked about how to use my back to school math centres in the first few weeks of school.
Today I am talking about an exciting series of sets that your students will love! Students enjoy these around the room sets as they are active, engaging and fun!
It's that time again...back to school! As much as teachers want to enjoy their summer, we know that getting things accomplished during the summer break makes going back that much smoother.
That is why I like to prep and organize activities for the first few weeks so I can concentrate on learning about my new students, observing and assessing their abilities and laying the groundwork for a successful year.
These literacy and math back to school centers are engaging for students and are available in English and French! I will use pictures of both sets throughout the post but the sets are the same no matter the language.
Looking for some fun math and literacy activities to use in your primary French classrooms this Fall and Halloween?
Today I am going to show you a dramatic play center you can use for your classroom, homeschool or for your kids home on summer holidays! There are many benefits to children participating in dramatic play activities such as improving their language and vocabulary and learning to communicate and co-operate with others. This birthday party themed center I will show you today also includes activities for writing and number work as well.
The birthday party sets are available in English and French so I will be showing pictures of both versions.
If you missed the last post on setting up a surf shop themed dramatic play center click here.
How to set-up the dramatic play center
Included in the set are signs for the different stations as well as the job badges for each person in the center. The number of jobs in the center depend on how many students you allow in at a time, I usually allow 4 at a time to encourage sharing and to prevent overcrowding.
Every party, even a pretend one, needs a game to play! This game is set up like pin the tail on the donkey but instead you need to put the bone on the dog's mouth. I like to laminate the bones and put a bit of sticky tack on the back so the game can be played over and over. To include a writing element the kids could write their names on their bones so they can see where their bone ended up. Blindfolding and/or spinning may not be allowed in your class for safety reasons so choose the game rules that suit your class and situation.
There are more items included in these sets, to view the product and see more of what's included click the picture for the French or English version below.
Thanks for reading!