Rainbow ABC Pasta and Rice Sensory Activity

Monday, September 23, 2019 No comments

One of my students' favorite things is playing at the sensory table! Add rainbow pasta and they are extra excited! For this month's sensory activity I dyed some ABC pasta in rainbow colors and put them with plain rice. I was going to dye the rice as well, but I love the way that the colorful letters and numbers pop with the white rice! At first, I put some funnels and scoopers in the rice so that the students can investigate. Later I will put plastic letters in the mix as well. 

Sensory activities give young children the opportunity to learn by activating the different senses and different parts of their brains. It's also so much fun and provides a hands-on approach to learning! Some other ideas include hiding letters in the rice and having the students look for a certain letter, practice measuring with different measuring cups, or weighing cups of rice with a balance scale. Of course, you can just give your students materials and let them create their own learning activity, you will be amazed at what they come up with!

 How to Dye Rice or Pasta:

*Rice and/or pasta ( I used a box of ABC pasta)
*Sandwich size Ziploc Bags
*Gallon size Ziploc Bags
*Food Dye in different colors (I love the neon colors!)
*Rubbing Alcohol (do not allow the children to handle the alcohol)
*Wax Paper
*Cookie Sheet Pan

1. Separate the rice or pasta into different sandwich size Ziploc bags.
2. Pour a TBSP of rubbing alcohol in each of the bags (This should be done by an adult.)
3. Put a few dots of one color of dye in each bag.
4. Close the bag and massage the dye and alcohol into the pasta/rice.
5. Pour each bag out onto a cookie sheet with wax paper making sure to spread it out evenly.
6. Leave out overnight to dry.
7. Put all dry pasta/rice into a gallon bag, close the bag, and massage the bag breaking up any clumps.
8. Pour into a container and enjoy!

Organizing the Preschool Classroom

Thursday, September 19, 2019 No comments

I can't believe that we are already a month into the school year! The beginning of the year seems to fly by because of how busy we are with the new students and routines. We are finally getting into our "groove" and the students are getting more comfortable with our routine. I have such a sweet group and I can tell that we are going to have a great year! With this being the sixth year of teaching this class in my room, I decided to spruce up our decor. Our theme has always been rainbow chevron because I made curtains out that fabric years ago, so our new decor still fit that theme, but freshened it up a bit.

It's important to make sure that your room flows in order to optimize play, decrease distractions, and keep the room organized. For instance, in my room the reading center is on the other side of the room from the kitchen and block centers so that it is (a little bit) quieter for the students that would like to relax and read books. The dress-up center is next to the kitchen and the dolls so that the students can use all of these materials in their creative play and the blocks and cars are together so that those students at that center can use all of these materials together to create whatever they would like. We have tables in the middle of the room for snack time, rotations, and art. The rug and calendar at the front of the room are used for circle time, read alouds, and group activities. One thing is for sure, wherever we are in the room, we are never in one place for very long!

I hope you enjoy this peek into my classroom!

Calendar and Morning Meeting Area

Rainbow Chevron arrow numbers that we line up on and each child's cubby.

 Our PLAY sign above our home living and block/cars centers.
Blocks and cars center.

Kitchen, dolls, dress-up, and sensory table.

Reading Center

Book Buddies

Art Center and portable art cart.

Bulletin display board outside of my room.

Rainbow cart with supplies and the treasure box.