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WHAT WE DO - ACTIVITIES: Some might be intimidated by the “Ii,” but there are several incredible activities to celebrate this tiny, sticky letter. The “Ii’s” unique ability to have two sounds and it’s classification as a vowel letter, make it an appropriate time to introduce middle, or intermediate, sounds. The inclusion of spiders brings along with it the ever popular song/poem called “Itsy, Bitsy Spider,” as well as a group favorite Charlotte’s Web. Other subjects children find interesting are iguanas, islands, igloos, (also a good time to discuss polar animals) and inchworms.
WHAT WE DO - BODY: Each week we learn about a different body part and the important job it performs for our body. During “Ii” week we learn about our intestines. Talking about the intestines also provides an opportunity to discuss the up and down positions, big and small, as well as the importance of good nutrition.
WHAT WE DO - CRAFTS: It’s important to use a variety of craft materials during craft time to maintain children’s interest and each day we try something new. During “Ii” week we make spiders using oval shaped balloons for the body, construction paper legs, and markers for facial features. A few other fun ideas for craft time are to build igloos out of sugar cubes and to create a dog sled out of big box and pretend you are in the Iditarod race.
WHAT WE DO - GAMES & OTHER ACTIVITIES: A few ideas for skill time might include iguana/insect bingo, or stamp pad math. Small plastic bugs are very inexpensive and can easily be used for bingo type games. Stamp pad math is very similar to bingo. We created wipe-off bingo cards and can be used over and over for similar activities. Stamp pad math is simple. Draw a bingo board on a piece of construction paper and write a different number in each square with a marker. Using insect stamps, the children stamp the number found in each square within that same square. This can easily be adapted to different age and skill levels. Children love this activity! Lastly, we play a game called “The Shrinking Island.” This game is a relative of “Musical Chairs,” and can easily be played indoors, or outdoors. The teacher places a few towels (same color works best) around a designated area making sure there is enough towel space for all the children. Children walk/run around the area while music is playing, but when the music stops they must stand on a “island.” (towel) After the first round, the towels are folded in half, or if you prefer you can change to smaller towels and the music plays and stops again. Several children will not have an island to stand on and are out of the game. Towels are folded, or replaced with wash clothes and the game presumes. Wash clothes are removed and the game continues until the last person is left standing on the last island.
WHAT WE DO FOOD: During “Ii” week we celebrate Italian style! Our menu includes items such as Spaghetti, Italian meatballs, lasagna, Ravioli, Italian Subs, instant oats, pudding, and potatoes, and the ever popular ice cream bar. This is also a great week for a field trip to the IHOP! If there is no IHOP where you live, you can easily pretend and serve a few IHOP specialties!
I wish you an incredible “Ii” week!
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