Friday, February 28, 2014

Five for Friday

Friday is here again... & I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday!
On Tuesday, teachers had a faculty meeting and were told that next year, a school-wide goal will be to use the flipped classroom model. We will be given a book soon to help us to better understand the concept and we will also receive training before September. Although I see the wonderful value in this model, I am a little concerned due to the very little information/ videos out there for early childhood. I tend to watch youtube videos, when learning about new teaching strategies, but I found roughly 5 videos of flipped classroom ideas for younger learners. I teach Pre-K4, and would love any ideas or advice! I think a flipped classroom is really beneficial for the students, so I am eager to jump in and learn before we have to implement it in September! 
We started a Dr. Seuss author study and the students practice counting skills with these Cat in the Hat inspired math station activities from my Count Ten Frames with the Crazy Cat, Hats, and Things Pack.

On Wednesday I read the students The Cat in the Hat and they watched The Cat in the Hat on Thursday. Today, they watched The Cat in the Hat Comes Back. They absolutely love Dr. Seuss books and appreciate them more now that they know about the author and the joy he had when writing silly rhyming books. Students also "read" a variety of Dr. Seuss books and will continue to learn more about Dr. Seuss and other great books of his throughout the month of March. 
This week we covered the letter F. Students met Ms. F from the Land of the Letter People Program, listened to the story Follow My Funny Feet by Lynell Johnson, and colored her puppet. They sang several songs about the letter F: The Letter F Song, The Letter F Song (ABC Mouse), and The F Song (KidsTV123). They cut, pasted, and glued fish on an Ff template and they colored, cut, pasted, and circled pictures that begin with /f/. We also did a handwriting activity each day, with the use of a variety of handwriting worksheets, where students traced and printed the letter Ff. 

For the Pre-Kers who know most/all their letter sounds, we have been working on blending and segmenting CVC words. We are working on the _at family for the next couple of weeks. The Word Machine Game is from Starfall and the worksheet is from Miss Kindergarten's Word Builders (_at Family Freebie).

How was your week? I'd love to hear about it... link up with Doodle Bugs to share with others!


  1. I have not heard of the "flipped classroom" but I will watch for it since you mentioned it. Nice to see your PreK doing so well on CVC words.

  2. I like those CVC ideas. Checking them out now!

  3. Hi Jacqueline,

    The idea of a flipped classroom in early childhood makes me nervous! There's not really much 'lecturing' that we do anyway. I'd love to hear if you find any information from people who have used it with little ones.

    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep!

    1. Lauren, it also makes me nervous, but I think there is a way to use it with younger learns in a way that isn't a lecture, but instead get's them excited and thinking about a topic, before they come to school. This is all new to me, so I will have to see what my thoughts are once our faculty received training. I will follow-up in a post after I learn more about it!

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