Saturday, August 29, 2015

We Have FIVE Senses!

This week, we have been busy learning about our 5 senses. We practice them during our morning meeting and have been doing activities each day to reinforce what we've learned.

My favorite was the taste-testing. Each kiddo got to try something salty (pretzels), something sweet (marshmallows), something sour (lemon) and something spicy (hot tamales candy). Their reactions were priceless!

We also went outside to practice our sense of sight. We drew pictures of everything we could see from the playground. I didn't get any pictures of their artwork but it was super adorable. They actually drew lots of details.

I also didn't get pictures of the rest of our activities. Our touch experiment was super fun.I had 4 bags with objects in them, turned the lights off and each kiddo reached in. They tried to guess what each thing was and then drew a picture of it on their recording sheet.

For smell, we had to smell different "mystery bags" and guess what was inside. For hearing, I played a bunch of sound clips and they tried to guess what the sounds were. (It was a lot harder than they thought it was gonna be.)

This has seriously been one of my favorite weeks ever. Learning about our 5 senses has been a blast! :-)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Ode To Bulletin Boards

Today I've linked up with Ashley at Schroeder Shenanigans in Second and Angie at Lucky Little Learners to talk about bulletin boards as part of their #2GetherWeAreBetter linky party. 

Ok, so if you've ever decorated a bulletin board in your life, then you know it takes a bit of work to make it look cute. Heck, they can be a giant pain in the bootay. But when they're done, the "oohs" and "aahs" make the hassle totally worth it. Well, in my opinion anyway! ;-)

These last 2 years I've had to share a classroom with our Reading Specialist so my creativity was pretty much limited to bulletin boards. I love colors and seasons and holidays and characters... so I tried to embrace all of that on my boards. The kids LOVED them. Other teachers were jealous. And though I stayed well past working hours to get them finished, they were a true labor of love.

Here are a few of my favorites (some of which used the whole hallway instead of just the bulletin board):

These are just some of the many boards of done, and the many boards to come. I hope you enjoy decorating your boards as much as I do. Here's my tip: have fun with it! Don't stress about being perfect. Chances are, the kids won't even notice if your border wasn't straight, your letters don't match the border, or your font isn't fancy. They are going to LOVE whatever you do. Anything is better than plain white walls and boring blue bulletin boards!

Would love to hear what your favorite thing is about bulletin boards. Let me know in a comment below. And thanks, again, for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of the linky party... and don't forget to come back next month. The topic: CLASSROOM REVEALS!!!!