We just love the Dramatic Play center in our room. The kids actually argue about who gets to go to this center. It is very popular!
We put tons of reading and writing in each theme. The kids think they are just playing, but they are actually playing with words encoding or decoding.
Here are a few pictures of the dramatic play center with some tips about what we include. As you can see the regular kitchen furniture is used for each theme. We just add a table here or there for a desk as needed. Click on any of the pictures to see it in our store.
We include the usual dishes and table and chairs for the restaurant. Some other things we have are:
Of course you need patients for the vet’s office so we let students bring in old stuffed animals.
In addition we have:
For home living we include all of the equipment that comes with the kitchen set. In addition we have:
- a vacuum
- an ironing board
- aprons (a vocabulary word on our yearly assessments!)
- shopping list paper
- keyboard and a pretend computer (a box decorated to look like a monitor)
- recipe book and recipe cards
- play money, checks, credit cards and BILLS TO PAY!!
- a calendar
- envelopes and “stamps”
Our kids help us plan each theme and we send home a note if we need any items. Parents have been very helpful so we don’t have to buy every single thing ourselves. We also hit up local businesses like a local vet for old x-rays or bandages and restaurants for menus. Another place we like to go is to resale shops.
The children seem to enjoy reading and writing on their own while at the center. We post thematic word cards in the center so they have a picture with the word to refer to for reading and writing.
Happy Halloween, FUN Followers!
Halloween is and always has been one of our favorite holidays! Susan loves to dress up in costumes! She does not need a holiday though! Here she is as Mother Goose reading to our classes.
The children loved it, but I think she loved it more!
SEEING the cute costumes is not the only thing I like about Halloween! I also like going through my own kids goodie bags and picking out as much chocolate as I think I can talk them out of.
In our classroom we also have fun at Halloween time. One thing our kids like to do during center time is Scrambled Sentences.
Each sentence has a different picture that goes with the sentence.
They work together to make the words make sense.
When they finish manipulating the cards they get a Build a Sentence worksheet.
There are still words to manipulate by cutting and pasting them in the right order then writing the sentence on the writing lines.
This is just one of the fun things we have planned for Halloween!
To see the Scrambled Sentences and Build a Sentence packet, click on the picture below.
I don’t know about your class but mine needs all of the sight word practice they can get. Of course it has to be “FUN” and not just flashcards. Sooooo….. we made these practice books that they can take home when they are finished with cutting, pasting and writing those pesky words. We wanted something that forced our kiddos to look at the individual letters that make up the word. We also wanted them to recognize the word when it’s surrounded by other words. I will say they have been a big hit. The kids enjoy taking home books that they can read to their parent. (An extra perk is it also lets mom know what to help with!)
Students cut the letters on the bottom of the page and glue them in the boxes, then trace and circle the word in the sentence.
Each booklet has about 20 words. The booklets are organized by the Dolch word lists. We wanted a way to keep track of the words they know so we added a page to record that data in each booklet. See below.
You can download list 3 booklet for free by clicking on the picture below.
To see the bundle of lists 1-5 click this picture.
To see the bundle of lists 6-11 click this picture.
We hope you have as much FUN with these sight words as we do!