Monday, September 12, 2011

Chicka Chicka Baby!!!

 Okay so it's Monday and I'm just now posting about LAST week!  My weekend just flew by WAY to fast-full of football, football, and MORE football!  A house full of boys means lots of football!  Anyways, last week we read everyone's favorite alphabet book "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom".  My little sweeties LOVED IT!  All day long they kept saying "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom"   After we read the story the first time, I busted out our very own Chicka Boom Boom Tree!

 I was so excited to use this!  It was one of my fabulous Dollar Tree finds- inflatable palm tree!  I just used velcro to attach foam letters.  I took the letters off of the tree and stuck them to my feltboard, then , I used these super cool plush letters from Lakeshore (which I just have to say were purchased from a garage sale for $2-omg!!!) and just held up a letter and called on a kiddo to come up and find the letter on the feltboard and add it to the Chicka Tree!!!

These letters from Lakeshore are AWESOME!!!

 Oh man they LOVED THIS!  They wanted to keep doing it over and over, so of course I left it out for Centers! 

This week we also mae our own Chicka Trees with our name and then counted the letters and wrote the numbers- I had a few that could totally write the numbers on their own!!!! YAY!!! :)  

We  also decorated the first letter of our names and then I atttached their photo and then put them up on our Chicka bulletin board outside our door.

 We cut apart our names and then glued them back together and then counted the letters in our name and graphed them.

 We ended our week with a coconut exploration!  Okay, I like coconutty things, but I had never tried a real coconut before and I just have to say EWWWW!!!  We explored the coconut using our five senses and then it was time open it up and taste it- I poked a hole in the "eye" just fine and drained out the milk.  It did not taste good!  It was gross and the kids faces were priceless when they tasted it!  Then came the hard part, actually cracking it open to get to the white stuff!  Oh my I couldn't get it open!  I finally resorted to putting it on the floor and smashing it a few times with a hammer and it finally popped open!  The kids thought this was the funniest thing EVER!  The white stuff was not much better than the milk! 

We had so much fun!  Wow we had such a busy week!  I am totally LOVING my class this year!  Such a sweet group of kids!  Oh I almost forgot! We took some paint and markers outside and what did we do?!?

 We painted and colored the fence!!!  They loved it!!  And the best part is it washes off in the rain and we can start all over!  I LOVE MY JOB!!!!