Parking Lot for Sight Words

Here’s another nice resource I saw online and thought I would make it myself for my class.  It is a parking lot for sight words.  The word is called and the child drives a car into the correct parking space.  As usual I changed the original one a bit.  Here‘s the original one.

Here’s mine.  the lot  Since I’m working with limited resources, I laminated these and wrote the target words on with a dry erase marker.  In this way, I can use the lots over and over again.

I wanted to use it whole class and wanted to be able to tell at a glance if the child had parked on the right spot.  So, I put in ‘bumpers’ just before the word.  The cars cannot cross the bumpers.

ready to rumble  Here they are, getting ready to enter the parking lot.  They made little engine noises as they drove and when another word was called, I encouraged them to reverse and go forward like a real car would, instead of jumping lanes.

driving to the word  On the right, they are driving towards the word ‘his’.  Someone may be going the wrong way!

 

parked at his  In order to prevent copying, I put the words in different places on each lot so the children look for the word rather than just follow the person next to them.

 

Here’s the entire set.   The cars were purchased locally at a variety store.

the package       package

 

My main reason for making resources is to allow further reinforcement and learning to take place in the children’s free time.  They can use this resource on their own.  A child who knows the words well can use the flashcards to call the words.  To facilitate that, I included the flashcards with the target words and a dry erase marker.  The entire set fits nicely into a plastic zip bag (the kind you get when you purchase curtains).  Isn’t that just handy?  After all, we’re working with limited resources here.

Do enjoy!  The children certainly do!

Here’s the best part.  You can download the template for this parking lot if you like.  Just print, laminate and rev up those engines!  Here you go.

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A is for Alien

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English: the picture consist of articles on bullying, I obtained it from public domain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sometimes I seriously believe that I’ll discover the ship that brought me here. Of late, being an alien from another planet has been the prevailing feeling and thought. Why is this? I’ll tell you why. It’s because the whole world has gone crazy that’s why!

Young people are committing suicide because classmates, neighbours and strangers are bullying them via cyber-space. So many things are strange about that one statement.

Classmates? What has become of the ‘family’ that classmates used to be? Children used to play with and protect people from “their class”. Teachers used to inculcate a sense of community and talk about things that are special about “our class”.

Neighbours? Parents used to know each other and children came out to ride their bikes in the street while the mothers look on. The ‘weird’ neighbours were the ones who didn’t allow their children to play with others and those who scowled at you when you said good morning. The ‘scary’ house in the neighbourhood was the one that was always quiet and closed because two elderly people lived there.

Strangers? – The rule used to be “Don’t talk to strangers. Don’t accept anything from strangers. Don’t get into a car with strangers.” I guess now we need to say, “Don’t accept friend requests from strangers.” Friend used to have a meaning. Now, strangers become friends with the click of a button.

Bullying? – I never encountered one outside of my own big brother and all I had to do was tell my parents about him then cry for him when he was being punished for bullying me! (silly me) In the movies, the bullies always eventually ended up being deflated by the very victim who pulled that courage out of himself after deciding that enough was enough. Now… hmmmn, how my heart aches. Girls bringing five more to beat one girl in a cafeteria and no one standing up to them? No one.

Cyber-space? – The bullies are not even the big, muscular guys taking advantage of the skinny, bispectacled, nerdy boy. No… all that’s big about them are their mouths and their own hurts and anger. All they need to do is be able to spell words that can cause hurt and pain to others then click the send button. Most of the words cannot be found in the Oxford or Webster Dictionaries. Cyberspace makes bullying an easy job. Cyberspace makes it that you don’t need to know the victim personally to just jump on the bandwagon of hate. Type and send, type and send.

I left this one for last:

Young people committing suicide? – Depression, anxiety, anger, loneliness… these are not new experiences to young people. I experienced every one ot them as a child. Parents used to talk to their children then even when we thought they couldn’t possibly understand. We used to talk about our issues face to face with friends, teachers, someone at church. In short, we were taught resilience, problem solving, anger management, manners and most of all, how to pray.

I feel like I’m standing in the aftermath of a horific attack on earth from aliens. Everything is destroyed and I am standing with sadness and shock as all has come to an end. There is an eerie atmosphere surrounding me. Then the fog clears and I see businessmen going about their business, parents continuing to be busy, politicians promising to reduce crime and all sorts of other things, teachers too tired and too bound by the many laws to really make a difference. Then it gets even worse. I see young people jesting about the horible sight. Laughing and saying it serves them right for being x, y or z. I turn away in deep inner pain and see so few, so very few with the same expression of grief on their faces, trying to fix the little space they’re standing in. They express their sorrow, they weep and they pray.

I look for my ship because my world was not destroyed by aliens. It was destroyed by its own inhabitants through bad laws, bad music, bad movies, bad drugs, bad books, and bad people using good technology.

I am  alien and let nothing alien be human to me.

Art and Craft – Weaving

Creativity is difficult to measure and when children create there is no right or wrong; good or bad.  Application of active learning principles requires that children be given choice in their learning.  When it comes to Art/Craft, many teachers have an end product in mind.  They show the children their lovely creation (or someone else’s) and the children are expected to create one “just like it.”  In fact, many of them actually want to create one just like the teacher’s.

For my Art/Craft lessons, I try to teach the children certain skills that can then be used to create whatever they wish.  Some of these skills for young children include weaving, threading, drawing, designing, pattern making, modeling, printing, lettering, paper-folding.  All of these and more can be taught to the child and then when that special day like Mothers’ Day arrives, the child can create something for mom which is unique and special and doesn’t look like it came from an assembly line.

I was pleasantly surprised that the children did so well at weaving the very first time.

                                                                      

                                                                     

I happened to mention that after the actual weaving, the ‘mat’ could be used to make several items like a table-mat, a purse etc.  A few of the girls loved the idea and came to me after school hours wanting help to make little handbags.  Here are their creations: