These are some of the awesome things the kiddos are building in the blocks center.

If you do not have a grim rainbow in class you should get one:

We also love our building blocks:


In the math center we have been working mainly on sorting.

We did some activities with the whole class and then we continued exploring at the center:

We gave the kids a tray with cars, markers, bottons and animals and we asked them to take the ones that were the same.

Their first option was obviously putting together cars, markers, buttons and animals.

We asked them if they could see something similar in a car a marker and a button, some of them realized they were the same color. So we sorted things by color.

and... what about the animals? they realized that some animals lived in the farm and others were wild.

We moved on to analizing shapes, when doing this the first similarity they saw was color, the common shapes here were more confusing for them.

then they started noticing the shapes and later on the sizes.


At the math center, kids worked with buttons, they decided to sort them by color and then i asked them to find the big and small ones:

the kids also explored the numicon shapes and they discover lots of things...


Since January our center's work was mainly based on our names:

There is no better way to introduce kids to the concept of sounds than through their names. Their name is the only "possession" they bring to school, their names is what makes them special so anything we do in class involving their names is sure to get their attention.

The first activity you can see here was done with half of the class (not a center activity really). They got their magnetic letters, boards and name cards and explored how to build their names:

After this we added the activity to the literacy center and introduced the concept of writing. Kids were asked to write their name if they wanted to. We want them to understand from the very  beginning that anything they write will be well written, we want them to have confidence.

As they very interested in building and writing their names we added this game to our literacy center:
They have to build their name and then write it. At the beginning we used the letters cards we use in 4 and 5 but they were to difficult to clean up so we came back to using magnetic letters:

A great sensory game is building their names with plasticine:

Some kids wanted to proved their knowledge of everybody's names so we introduced this game that we usually have in 4: kids have to relate pictures to names.

AS you can see from the pictures, kids are at different stages in their learning process and it is extremely important to give them what they need, if the want to write more names they have the possibility, if they just want to pile up letters they are respected.

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