In other news, I found out that the school PSO approved my request for funding to finish my literacy bags project. I am now able to create enough bags so that each child will get to take one home each Friday. I went shopping at Lakeshore for some activities to go along with the themed books. They have so many cool games and activities and it was so fun to shop with funds that won't ultimately come out of my own bank account. I ordered some more bags online that I will have parents help me decorate and I just have a few more bags that I need to make activities for since I used all of the funds I have. Here are some of the games/activities I got...
There are certain games that go along with particular books, so I got this letter matching game that goes with the A My Name is Alice book. These will be part of a "Names" bag with The Name Jar and Chrysathemum.
This recycling sorting game will be part of the Earth & Environment theme bag
This shell word building game will go with the Hawaii theme bag which includes the books A is for Aloha, Hula Lullaby, and a story about a lost sea turtle.
I got the dinosaur number puzzles to go with the dinosaur theme bag
These cute bean bag fruits and vegetables will go with the Food & Nutrition theme bag. The cards on the key ring describe different activities that can be done with the bean bags.
Fun bug sorting to go with the insects bag
I still need to create activities for the camping bag, the families bag, the all about me bag, the colors bag, the rhyming songs bag, The Jan Brett bag (which contains The Mitten & The Hat), and the Laura Numeroff bag (which contain If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and other books like that). I am trying to make sure that each bag has some kind of activity relating to either math, letters, or word building. I am so excited to start sending these bags home, but I just need to finalize some things before I can. I am hoping to start sending them the week after Thanksgiving. I told one little boy about the camping bag since he really likes to camp and he was so excited. I told him that I would make sure he could take it home first and he was like...."Thanks Mrs. Sneaker." So cute! I am a little curious how these bags will work out for my Spanish speaking families since all of the books are in English. I am thinking of inviting them to come in so I can show them the games and how to play and maybe make some suggestions of what to do with the books if they don't read in English...I am not sure the best way to go about it.
If anyone has any suggestions/ideas for activities related to the themes I still need to make activities for, I would love to hear them!