Last week, we had a Harvest Event at school. The students harvested rice, and then used the rice to make rice cakes and popped rice. They had a lot of fun. Here are a couple of pictures:
With the fall weather, it's time for Halloween! I am completely trying something new in my classroom. I have been doing mostly ABC activities and early phonics, but it's been difficult. My students are visually impaired, so I can't do some of the regular fun phonics activities that I have found on Pinterest. I found one where they put phonics words around the room, and the students try to be the first student to find it. I think that sounds really fun, but my students can't see that well. I have tried doing something like with my small groups, but they just don't participate sometimes.
So...I decided to completely revamp things. My co-teacher wants me to do phonics, so I will spend the first 15 minutes doing phonics and then the next 30 minutes doing thematic unit activities. Each week will be a new thematic unit. Some classes I see once a week, and some classes I see 2-3 times a week, so some classes will get more activities than others.
So far, the list of ideas I have are:
- New Years
- Musical instruments
- Solar system
- The sun
- Going to the doctor
- Going to the dentist
- Washing hands
My plan is to show a quick video on the topic, do a couple worksheets with new vocabulary, and do an activity where we act out gestures or sing a song. I am starting to find some great videos on YouTube and have started playlists on each topic. If you have any ideas, I would LOVE to hear them!
I have found some great Halloween videos that I wanted to share. Maybe you can use some of these in your classroom. I am always on the lookout for fun, catchy videos...especially if there is a fun song.
I have found some great visual ABC cards with actual photographs. I don't have access to a color printer here in Korea, but I do really like the cards. You can find them HERE.
This is a sample of the D flashcards. Aren't they great?