Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Colors and Cars....Yes, Please....

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I am moving down to K4 this upcoming school year.  Pinterest has always been a go-to for ideas and inspiration, but lately it has consumed morning, noon, and night.  I know that I will spend the majority of  September focusing on color identification and color words.  Keeping this in mind, I turned to good ol' Pinterest and found some amazing ideas that would provide some hands on learning with a focus on color.  The bonus was that it used materials that I could find in my house already!  SCORE!

After seeing the next two pictures, I knew that I HAD to do something like this!
Click on either picture to go to the original sources!
When putting this activity together I changed it a bit to make it work for me and to use materials that I had around the house to be a bit more cost efficient.  This is what I came up with...

A simple piece of foam board in black, some yellow and white washi tape, and color swatches from Wal-Mart.  I think this took me 10 minutes tops to whip up.  (I was being picky about lines being straight and evenly spaced.)

I may or may not have had my little man sort out some of his cars for this.  Don't tell him, but these cars will probably end up falling into a container on its way to school.  :)  You could easily pick up some cars at the Dollar Store if you don't have a little one to borrow from.
The little man was all about testing out mommy's new activity so here is an action shot.  He picked a car from the pile on the side, drove it down the road to the matching color, and parked it on the color.  Easy and FUN way to practice color identification!
This is what the color road looked like after he had driven and parked all of the cars. 
Once the kids get a good hold on this, I will introduce more cars and more color variations to extend the learning and to offer more challenge.
What would you do with an activity like this?  How would you extend their learning?

Monday, July 28, 2014


Good evening all of you wonderful people out their in the blogging world.  I'm just stopping in really quick to let you know that I am still ALIVE and have not forgotten about you!  :)

This past school year was a bit on the whirlwind side and I just needed some time away from additional projects/responsibilities.  I focused on getting through the school year and spending time with my family to help maintain my sanity and to limit the amounts of stress that were piled on at points.

I have some MAJOR news for you all!  I am moving to a new grade level this coming Fall!  I will be teaching K4 for the first time EVER!  We call it K4 here in Milwaukee, but I know it is called PreK or Transitional K in other states/areas.  In all honesty, I was a bit nervous and did not really know what I had gotten myself into.  Now that I have had the Summer to wrap my head around this, I'm super, duper excited. 

With this grade level change, I have been looking at the very basics and have created some new materials.  My focuses for this year will be keeping things very constant to allow for ample amounts of practice and lots of hands on.  I have also been creating things that cater more towards the interests of boys.  I want to "hook" them right away so school is something that they LOVE!

Please, be patient with me while I get back into the swing of things!  I promise you that big things are coming...lots of ideas, creations, and FREEBIES!

If you are on Facebook, make sure to stop by and like my page.  I plan on posting things on there often as well.  (HINT...HINT)