I love Thanksgiving! We begin our Thanksgiving unit by learning about homes. We learn about the different types of homes around the world and how people build their homes based on the materials around them. We end this week talking about the type homes that the Pilgrims and Indians lived in. We use The Three Little Pigs to kick-off "homes" week. I do not separate Pilgrims, Indians, nutrition or other Thanksgiving topics. We learn about everything at the same time and compare/contrast them.
This is one of our math warm-ups. Each child has the die rolled to him/her and has to tell the number shown by the set. I encourage them to say the number and not count. They consider this an easy game! Sometimes I make it harder and they have to spell the number word after telling the number.
Our Three Little Pigs mural. We paint each house. While painting we listen to The Three Little Pigs Blues by Greg and Steve. They love it. It is on the Playin' Favorites album.
This has been my most favorite thing we have done. I went to a painting party with some of my work friends. Being a teacher, I ALWAYS try to figure out a way my kiddos can do some of the cool things I do or find. I figured out how to do a kindergarten-friendly turkey and reindeer.Each child drew a turkey and then we mixed colors and painted together. I overheard one child say, "Wow I AM an artist!" That made my day.