Today we held a “T” Party. We’ve been covering the alphabet during our fine motor skills sessions and we are finally up to the letter T (You can see a run down of what we do with each letter in this post). A couple of weeks ago we brainstormed some T costume ideas and put them up on our door to give the parents some ideas for the dress up component of our “T” party. These ideas ranged from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to teachers to tooth fairies. And so today we saw our fair share of tooth fairies (We have a class of 13 girls and 7 boys), along with a couple of transformers, a tyrannosaurus rex, a tourist, a tap dancer, a traffic cop, a Thomas the Tank Engine and a taxi driver. My Education Assistant and myself got into the spirit of things by dressing as a traffic light and a tiger respectively.
It just so happened that today we were going to talk about tents which fit in nicely with our T day. I brought in a 4 man igloo style tent from home and we erected it in the classroom as the weather was looking a little dodgy outside. We explained what all the equipment was called and what it was for. A good opportunity to add some new vocabulary. We talked about tent pegs, poles and the fly. I’m not sure how many were actually listening as there was a lot of fairy wand waving happening on the mat! We took the fly off later as it took up a lot of room and then we let the children play inside the tent.
At the activity table we placed a lot of different construction materials; straws, popsticks, string, card, glue, masking tape and any other bits n pieces we could find. We told the children we wanted them to create their own tent using the materials in front of them. Some made some rounded igloo-like tents like ours but others made more traditional triangular prism shaped tents.
Later in the day during our fine motor skills session we started off by brainstorming all the things we could think of that started with the letter T. The ideas poured out. I wrote the words on the whiteboard and we talked about the t’s we can see in the words and how sometimes the t doesn’t make a /t/ sound like the second t in tooth. We listened and heard that it made a th sound instead when paired with the h.
And as the day was all about a “T” Party we decided to make a “T” treat after our T work. We made tiger toast! First we toasted one side of the bread. Then we spread the other side with some margarine and Vegemite. We added some sliced cheese stripes and then toasted the whole lot again. Mmmmm Tasty Tiger Toast!