Ready, Set, Kindergarten!

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! — Space

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To start, I went over our mobile classroom items of the week (Color: Black [like the night sky]; Shape: Star [obviously]; Letters: Q & R; Number: 7 [the number of bright star in the Orion constellation — the only constellation I can always find!]. Our concept of the week was scissor skills. 

Then we started circle time:

Song: Days of the Week (to the tune of The Addams Family)
Days of the week, (clap, clap)
Days of the week, (clap, clap)
Days of the week, days of the week, days of the week. (clap, clap)
There’s Sunday and there’s Monday,
There’s Tuesday and there’s Wednesday,
There’s Thursday and there’s Friday,
And then there’s Saturday.
Days of the week, (clap, clap)
Days of the week, (clap, clap)
Days of the week, days of the week, days of the week. (clap, clap)
Source: Ms. Brown’s Classroom

We looked at our calendar and discussed what day of the week it was, what month we were in, and what day of the month it was. Then we moved on to the weather:

Song: What’s the Weather? (to the tune of Oh My Darling Clementine)
What’s the weather? What’s the weather?
What’s the weather like today?
Is it sunny? Is it windy?
Is it rainy? Is it cold?

What’s the weather? What’s the weather?
What’s the weather like today?
Is it snowy? Is it cloudy?
Is it stormy? Is it hot?
Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/460563499387764713/

Then it was time for our theme discussion. 

Non-Fiction Book: About Space by Jana Carson

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This book was a good summary of space, stars, astronauts, and planets.

Fiction Book: Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort

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Another reading of this book and another giggly crowd! 

When we were done with our theme books we talked about the letters of the week. We discussed the letter Q first. We talked about the sounds Q makes, how it’s usually paired with letter U, and some words that start with Q. Then we reviewed letter P.

Letter R Book: Big Mean Mike by Michelle Knudsen; illustrated by Scott Magoon

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Big Mean Mike has three little fluffy rabbits that follow him everywhere but it’s not good for his image. Can he shake them? 

Then we did our letter R craftThis is the same one I created for our Annual ABC project two years ago. 

After our craft, I had a little food experiment to conduct with the kids. I handed each kid a paper plate that I had written four cycles of the moon on. (We had so many people I had to give the big kids blank plates and let them write their own cycles!) Then I gave each kid two Oreos and a plastic spoon and told them the moon was the cream. They had to scrape the Oreos accordingly and put them on their plates in the correct order. Then it was snacking time! I got the Phases of the Moon poster from Primary Classroom Resources

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Then the kids were free to roam the centers. I made all of the signs in Canva.

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I filled the tray with salt and lined it with an image from Canva. The number formation rhyme is from Teaching Mama. The letter instructions came from Worksheets to Print.

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The question mark and quail I printed out on cardstock and laminated. I found squares of fabric that I glued onto a piece of paper for our quilt. The queen card came from a deck I had at home. The quarter came from my purse. And the quoll, well, I stretched the truth with that one. The figurine is from the pack of Australian animals I got from Amazon. I’m not sure what it’s supposed to be but quolls have spots and this little guy doesn’t. But it looked so much like the quoll image I found on Google that I ran with it. 🙂

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The ribbon and rubber band came from the library supply closet. The rainbow came from a pack of erasers from Dollar Tree. The raccoon and rhinoceros figurines came from my North American Wildlife and Safari TOOBs, respectively. I got the little wooden robot from AC Moore and colored him with markers. I also added little googly eyes, of course.

The foam letters for both bins came from puzzles I found at Dollar Tree. I created the tub labels in Canva.

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I know the color of the week was black but I phoned it in this week and reused the yellow play-doh from Ready, Set, Kindergarten! — Fairy Tales. I figured yellow was the color of stars and that was good enough for our last session of the season! I got the alphabet and counting mats from Oriental Trading. 

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This week’s sensory bin was filled with moon sand (I got the recipe from Smart School House)! It was a HUGE hit! I bought the Space TOOB and put out those figurines in as well as laminated pictures of the planets that the kids could use. I got the planet images and posters hanging on the wall from Dianne Matthews on Teachers Pay Teachers. I also put out tweezers, magnifying glasses, and space vocabulary words I got from PreKinders. I also put out a little packet of space facts I got in a Space Adventure Pack from Ollie’s for $6.99:

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Now, I had 51 people at this week’s program. That’s double what we normally get. Participants are supposed to be ages 3-5 but we either had a lot of younger siblings attend or patrons didn’t take that age suggestion seriously. Since we were so busy I wasn’t able to properly monitor the stations like I usually am. This is what the sensory bin center looked like when the program was over:

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At one point I looked over and the moon sand was all over the table, not in the bin. There was a two-year-old dumping hand fulls of it onto the floor. :/ It did vacuum up but it was a pain and time consuming. Don’t be a dunce like me. Use a drop cloth.

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I set out mini marshmallows and toothpicks so the kids could recreate constellations. I put out some books for them to refer to and also printed out and laminated constellation cards from Pocket of Preschool and Little Minds Prints. I also put out dark blue construction paper, chalk, and star stickers so the kids could make and take home a constellation if they wished.

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I got this idea from Crafting Chicks. I set out the worksheets I got here and let the kids color and then cut them out themselves for practice (in the end, the adults did most of the cutting). I cut black construction paper in half and told the kids to glue two piece together to make a nice, long sheet for their planets. (You can see my example on the wall in the picture above.) I set out markers, crayons, and star stickers for the kids to use to decorate their crafts. I also set out a book and picture viewer and hung a poster that I got from that Ollie’s set.

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I thought the kids would really love painting sun catchers so I bought some space-themed ones from Oriental Trading. (I looked for them on the website but they don’t appear to have them anymore. I’m sure they’re sold out because of this year’s summer reading theme!) I had just enough for everyone! This center could have been a disaster but aside from one overturned sun catcher onto the carpet (!) the kids were neat and clean.

I don’t remember which blog taught me the painting with q-tips trick but it’s BRILLIANT. Paint brushes are so long and the kids tip over cups and they’re an unwieldy mess. Q-tips are small and give the kids so much more control, especially when painting a relatively small sun catcher. I highly recommend this method.

Our session summary:

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I also handed out two letter/number of the week worksheets for them to color at home and practice their writing. I got the letter worksheets from Easy Peasy Learners and the number worksheets from Tot Schooling. And lastly as homework I sent home an aliens in underpants line drawing worksheet from Little Helper at Teachers Pay Teachers. 

And that’s it for RSK now! On to our summer reading events!

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