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My Big World: February

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The My Big World magazine is here and we love it, as always! This month is all about Animal Friends and Shadows.




  



















This issue of the My Big World magazine was a great part of our Valentine's Day celebration.

My students truly loved experimenting with shadows and creating shadows of their own.

My students used an iPad and took pictures themselves of different items they use to see their shadows.

  

  

  



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Easy Valentine Card Holder

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I want to share with you my Valentine card holder we made this year. This project is very inexpensive and easy to complete.


For this project, you will need paper bags (brown or white), heart shape cookie cutters, pipe cleaners, and any color paint you have on hand.


This can easy turn into a 2-day project with your students. On the first day, they can stamp the hearts cookie cutters with paint and on the second day, they can fill in the inside of the hearts with markers, paint, glitter, stickers, water colors, or even crayons, as shown below.


The handle of the bag is very easy to achieve.



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My Big World: January

Happy New Year!!!

After three well-deserved weeks off of winter break, we just got back to school. I'm feeling refreshed and ready to tackle this second half of the school year.

Our new year started with lots of rain and very cold weather - not typical for San Diego.

The My Big World magazine is here and we love it! This month is all about winter and penguins.



One of our favorite parts of this issue was the icicles measuring. We used a variety of materials to measure them as well as made some painting of icicles. It was neat to learn more about things that melt as well in our science center.


We tried melting several foods such as: chocolate chips, popsicles, ice, goldfish crackers, cheese, and a banana.

We worked on making predictions about the foods and what would happen to them.



We also enjoyed counting penguins and using penguin figurines to demonstrate amounts and perform simple math problems.

 

Even our sensory table was transformed into an Emperor Penguin habitat!



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My Big World: October

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We're so happy because My Big World magazine for October is here!!!


These two magazines we received were perfect for our Big Day PreK theme on Community. 




Included in our monthly subscription, we also received the Big Issue on How Do They Feel? Which is a perfect addition to our social and emotional center and continually reinforcing the classroom expectations throughout the year.





                               
We truly enjoyed learning more about firefighters and their important role in the community. We pretended to be firefighters and helping people and animals in need.

Clifford accompanied us along our rescue missions as firefighters.



Learning about pumpkins was fantastic! 
There was so much we were able to do with this issue. We weighed pumpkins using rocks and different materials. We sorted pumpkins by size and shape as well.

We also estimated and measured the circumference of a large pumpkin. Then we opened it and explore its insides!








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Matching Activity Freebie

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Today, I bring to you another collaborative blog post with Education.com. This time I'm bringing you a fun matching activity FREEBIE!

This fun worksheet is to draw a line from the left column which has CVC words to its picture on the right. Down below if the answer key to the worksheet.



Boost your child's reading skills with this fun matching game. Find more kindergarten resources to kickstart your child's learning over at Education.com!

These cool festive mazes are being featured right now! Bug crawlies, school, autumn leaves, under the sea, and kayaking


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My Big World: September

We're so happy because My Big World magazine for September is here!!!






These two magazines we received were so spot on for out first weeks of school! We dedicate the first three weeks to teach expectations and procedures. We teach how to play with our materials, how we use the playground equipment and how our behavior should be like in the classroom, among other important topics. We also focus on building positive relationships with students, parents and peers.



This month, I loved the How to Make School Friends Big Issue. My students refer to the Big Issue every time they encounter a challenge or need visual support.

The Big Issue is located in our social emotional area and it has been a great addition. I'm thinking of leaving the poster up all year! It's that good!



Our next magazine was all about apples! Perfect for September! We incorporated science and math with the magazine.



In our apple lesson we explore different types of apples and graphed which apples were our favorites.




Before cutting the apples, we estimated how many apple seeds it would have. We counted the seeds and determined how close we were to our estimations.

We learned about the parts of the apples and how they grow.




The best part about this lesson was testing all of the apples!


These magazines have been a great addition to our curriculum and expansion on our students interests. My students did the activities on the magazines. They counted seeds, sang songs, and continued the learning at home with the magazines.

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Pompom Number Toss

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Wish your new student would develop a love for math? Play this fun number competition to help! Players toss pompoms into an empty ice tray with numbers in each compartment, then identify the number of the compartments their pompoms landed in. It's a fun way for your child to learn numbers, how to count, and perhaps even get a head start on addition!


What You Need:
  • Old ice tray
  • Sharpie markers
  • Pompoms (about 1/2" in diameter)
  • Paper and pencil


What You Do:

For preschoolers and kindergarteners:

  1. Use a sharpie to write the numbers 0 through 10 randomly in the bottom of each compartment of the ice tray. It's okay if some numbers show up more than once, as long as every compartment has a number at the bottom.
  2. Select two players and help each player count out 5 pompoms, this should be enough for five rounds.
  3. Have the first player toss one pompom into the tray. Remove the pompom and have her identify the number underneath; encourage her to memorize the number.
  4. Then the next player goes and does the same thing. Then have both players figure out which number is the higher number by counting to ten.
  5. The player with the higher number is the winner of the round! Play for five rounds, and whoever wins the most rounds is the winner of the game. There's no need to stop playing after round five if kids are having a fun time! Keep continue playing for as long as they want! This game helps with number recognition, which will be an important skill in kindergarten.
  6. Your child can also play this game by herself for practice counting and identifying numbers.
For first and second graders:
  1. Select at least two players and give each a pencil, a piece of paper, and 6 pompoms.
  2. The first player tosses two pompoms into the tray. Then, have her take the pompoms out of the compartments and identify each number.
  3. Have her write down the first number on the piece of paper in an equation format. For example, if the two numbers that her pompoms landed on are 2 and 6, she would write down 6 + 2 =_. Encourage her to add the numbers together and write down her answer.
  4. Have the next player go and do the same.
  5. Invite players to identify the higher number. Have the player with the larger number put a star or checkmark on her piece of paper.
  6. Do this for three rounds, and the person with the most stars or checkmarks is the winner! This game can also be played with subtraction and multiplication!

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