Hello and happy Saturday. Also, welcome to Summertime Madness, a month in which I’ll be blogging every day. That’s right, every day of the month of July you’ll get a new post. I’ll stick to the regular topics on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, but on the other days I’ll post about more personal stuff so that we get to know each other a little better. Now, how about I’ll tell you what I did with my Pre-K boys for pets week? Let’s get started!
We absolutely adore directed drawing, and I believe I blogged about it in my other blog. Directed drawing is fantastic, especially for those days when I don’t want to “lead” the class because I use the videos from Art for Kids Hub and the talking I do is minimal. Each boy is equipped with a white sheet of paper, which they fold in four, and a black marker. I use the white board to model in case they can’t catch something in the TV.
Directed drawing keeps kids focused and helps them exercise their listening skills. For young kids it’s also great because it helps them develop their eye-hand coordination. It is also pretty great when they discover that they can all draw only by following a set of simple instructions. We drew Chloe, Gidget, and Max from The Secret Life of Pets.
On our following class we focused more on grammar structures and talking, so I wrote the question Have you got a pet? on the board and had each student answer with Yes, I have ______(number) ________________ (animal) or No, I don’t have a pet. I helped them out by answering the question first. I asked the question based on the song Have You Got a Pet?
I then showed the boys a video with songs and activities related to pets, so it was that what guided the next part of our class. We discussed where animals lived and worked on reviewing some high frequency words.
As a closure activity, we sang and danced to Wag Your Tail, a song that helps review animals, actions and body parts. It also reinforces the concepts of fast and slow.
The last topic we worked with during that class was differentiating between animals that were pets and those that weren’t.
We finished pets week with some coloring by numbers because who doesn’t love it? We reviewed colors, numbers, and exercised the fine motor skills. Besides, I let the boys use markers for coloring. Yay! I got this worksheet at Education.com .
And that was our pets week, the last official week of classes in Pre-K. I have yet to have my last class in which I’ll surprise the boys with a Super Heroes Day, and of course, I’ll share everything we do with you, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, let me know what your end of the year projects were.
Love, Miss Camila