This year I am lucky enough to have been asked to mentor a new teacher in my building. I know, I know you're thinking . . . why are YOU the lucky one? Well, I'm lucky because my mentee, Nancy, is an AWESOME teacher. Seriously, she's really organized, hard-working and because she did her student teaching with my kindergarten teaching neighbor, Kerri, she knows her differentiated instruction. Mentoring her is a complete pleasure.
Nancy currently teaches in our school's Junior Kindergarten classroom or some of you call it Young 5s. Basically it is for those students who just aren't ready for the rigors of all day everyday kindergarten. In fact, it's the class I opted for my own son and she is his teacher. Her class has students who are still struggling to write their name and those who are already reading simple Dolch words, blending and segmenting.
Anyway, last week when we were meeting during our regular mentoring meeting we were trying to think of some new rhyming activities that also incorporated fine motor exercise for some of her struggling students. I remembered I had some cute little foamy bugs that I had been saving for a rainy day and we decided to put them on a clothes pin and call them our 'bug catchers.'
These are just some foamy bugs I had lying around but I know that you can find butterflies and other critters at the dollar store.
Use these fun little catchers with the rhyming cards I have here for you. Laminate and cut out the bugs and put them in your sensory table with your Easter grass. If you don't have a sensory table just use a short sided plastic tote of some kind.
Students search for two bugs cards that rhyme.
Kind of like bee and tree.
Clip them together with the bug catcher.
Collect the pairs in a bucket or one of those cute bug boxes.
If you want to make it self-correcting, then add matching dots, stickers or shapes to the backs of matching bugs.
Make sure you grab up this freebie by clicking HERE or on the picture below. Even if your students are beyond this skill now, you know you're gonna have those that arrive in your class next year that still haven't mastered it yet.
Don't worry I'll be revamping it a bit over the next week to make it more differentiated and appropriate for Kinders and beyond. But for now, here's a little something for my Pre-K and JK buddies (and for anyone else who can use it).