|"The Easter Egg" by Jan Brett|
If you're looking for the perfect book for the spring season, look no further. The Easter Egg by Jan Brett is one of my newest favorites. I am told that the pictures are simply gorgeous, and the kids really enjoy describing everything they see to me. Not only is it visually beautiful, but it has a lovely lesson at the end about helping others.
Beside dying eggs and mixing colors, I also fill my water table with plastic eggs and grass, and I turn it into an educational activity by writing capital and lowercase letters with permanent marker on each half of an egg. I've also done the same thing with sight words.
|Water Table filled with grass and plastic alphabet eggs|
Since I teach in a public school, I do not call the eggs "Easter eggs", I just call them "spring eggs" because a lot of animals are born in the spring time. Discussions of eggs can also be matched with some great books that I'll talk about in my next post.
Kids absolutely love going on hunts. I remember when I was little, even though I was visually impaired I loved finding eggs. When I taught kindergarten I put these little messages into the eggs along with one or two treats, and the kids went crazy for them! You'll never believe this, but actually they were more excited about what the little messages said than eating the treats! I told them to try and read the messages themselves. If they couldn't figure out a word, they could ask three friends for help. If they still couldn't understand the words, then they could ask me. It was such a wonderful time! All the kids were showing their friends what their "magic egg" said to them.
Easter Egg Notes 2
I used this sheet to have the kids practice writing their numbers, because many of my children still wrote their numbers backwards. I was surprised that my kids really like this paper, because the sheet is so simple. But what I told my children to do was first trace the numbers with a black crayon, then color over the eggs with light colors such as yellow, pink, orange, or light blue.
If you're interested in guided reading books for your small group that use a huge variety of kindergarten sight words, I just put up a new packet on TPT called Egg Guided Reading Books. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them for me below. I love hearing what you all have to say.