We worked hard throughout April to create our last few animal murals. We spent a week discussing the ocean and all of the amazing animals that live in the ocean!
The picture below shows A coloring a tin foil fish with sharpies. After they colored their fish, we squeezed out glitter glue on top of the foil to give the fish their scales. A and C are using our watercolors to paint their jelly fish. Once their jelly fished dried, they got to cut the long tentacles on the bags.
We also worked on our Desert Mural too!
We made cacti by painting large green strokes with the paint rollers, and then adding lots of prickly spikes!
Below is a close-up of our shape lizards. The children glued shapes onto their lizards and then dropped silver paint on top to give them shiny skin.
The last part of our animal project was creating our special animal with clay. Each child got to pick an animal to represent with clay. I printed out a real-life photo of the animal for each child to look at while they were making their project.
Once the clay dried many children decided to paint their clay pieces too.
While we were discussing the ocean I set up a large ocean sensory tub. I filled the tub with water and lots of different colored water beads. Then I added large ocean animals, and they went to town!
The children have also still been very busy building animal homes and habitats around the classroom! They love to use the Magnatiles to make divided homes for the animals. The home area below using Magnatiles, connecting blocks, birds, elephants, and a stuffed animal brought from home!
More animal houses!
Another sensory tub I created for the end of April was a giant construction site. The children love to play with the trucks, and play mobile people. I combined both of these with a huge tub of pinto beans!
In celebration of spring we put out a large tray with kinetic sand, spring cookie cutters, and lots of colorful gems.
We have continued to follow along with two to three Handwriting Without Tears lessons a week. We have now covered all of the letters that only have straight lines and diagonal lines. We only have curved letters left, and we will have worked through the entire alphabet!
In addition to the handwriting lessons, we have started discussing the phonetic sounds that each letter makes. I pulled out my phonetic buckets to accompany our lessons. Each bucket has small charms or tiny toys that represent each letter sound. Then I laminated these Constant-Vowel-Constant grids. Children got to come over to work in small groups to sound out these simple C-V-C words. They had a great time with this new task!
I drew different lines and designs on large pieces of paper. Then I collected different stones to place along the lines or around the spiral. Each of the children got a chance to work at the light table, and they all had different versions on how to line up the pieces.
Then I put stirring sticks and gem ice cubes on the light table. They really came up with some creative designs.
I can’t wait to see what adventures await the last month of school!