Sunday, January 11, 2015

Back to Work

Hi Teacher Friends!  It is COLD outside.  
We completed our first week back to school after the nice Christmas break.  
We were only able to go outside to recess one day.  So, we did just about every Dr. Jean movement song this week to help get the wiggles out.  My class LOVES Dr. Jean!  I also have been reading lots of great things about GoNoodle for brain breaks and movement songs so I think we will give it a try.

I wanted to share this super sweet little "How To" writing sample from one of my kindergarten boys.  We started learning about how to writing using Unit 3 of Deanna Jump's and Deedee Wills' fabulous writing units.  

"How to Make a Friend.  Be kind."

That says it all.

Have a great week at school.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Teacher Friends!

  Here are a few things we completed during the month of December.
I put a paper plate with washable tempera paint and several q-tips at each of the students' tables.  Painting with q-tips is so easy and there is not a lot of wasted paint at the end of the project.  The only directions I gave to the kids were to use one q-tip per color and get a new q-tip when they needed a new paint color.  The kids painted and decorated a gingerbread man pattern on brown card stock.  The gingerbread man pattern is from The Mailbox magazine.   We used the painted gingerbread men to decorate our class Christmas tree.

(To help save time, I cut out the gingerbread men after the paint dried.)

This next activity was super fun and easy as well.  I put several 1 inch x 9 inch wide strips of construction paper on the floor and all the kids gathered round with their glue sticks. They created a paper chain garland for our class Christmas tree.  This was a simple activity and one of the most fun.  The kids really enjoyed doing this.  We had enough paper chain garland to go around the tree, the classroom door and across the room.

We made Santa puppets from the Teacher's Friend resource book.  This little student added glasses to his Santa.  Those glasses make me smile.

We created the Santa hand prints for a parent gift.  One of my kindergarten co-workers found the cute Santa paper at Hobby Lobby.

In between all the fun activities, we have been completing our regular lessons as well.  This little student wrote about Rudolph one afternoon during Writer's Workshop.

"I bet Rudolph has a shiny nose."

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Teacher Friends!

We are so thankful for all of the teachers who go into their classrooms each school day and make learning fun and meaningful for their students! We are so thankful to have our jobs teaching and we are thankful for our students.  May God continue to bless each and everyone.

We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.

We will be participating in the TpT sale on December 1st and 2nd.  Everything in our store will be 20% off.  Be sure to use the promo code TPTCYBER for additional savings.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Celebrating Veterans

Hi Teacher Friends!  We were busy this week learning about veterans.  Here is one of the projects we completed to honor veterans.  

This project was an online freebie from Kaye Esponisa's TLC Lessons. You can check out her site here  I added the "Thank You Veterans" wording.

I like how each project is different and the kids really add their own personalities to the projects.

Just five more school days until Thanksgiving break! 
Have a great week at school everyone.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank you, Veterans!

To all the brave men and women of the military services,
thank you for your service!

(Clip art picture from Microsoft)


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fall Fun for Open House!

Hi Teacher Friends!  Sorry for the lack of posts but this school year is turning out to be one BUSY school year.  We just completed our sixth week of kindergarten, had Open House, enjoyed the Scholastic Book Fair all week and endured a full moon too!  The week was so packed with activities, we were not able to complete any fire safety lessons.  So we are going to learn all about fire safety this upcoming week.  The kids have had a blast and were so-o-o-o excited about Open House.  Here are a few pictures of what we had displayed for the families to enjoy.  We went with the autumn theme again this year.

This is my favorite project we did for Open House.  I gave each child a pre-cut leaf frame, a piece of wax paper (to keep the project from being glued to the table), and lots of tissue paper squares.  The kids filled in the leaf frame by using their glue stick to glue the tissue squares to the frame and then filled in the middle.  After, I carefully removed the wax paper and laminated each leaf.  They turned out beautifully!

This is an oldie but a goodie.  This page is from the Mailbox Magazine Teachers' Helper.  The kids read the color words and then used watercolor paints to paint each leaf.

This is another oldie from the Mailbox Magazine Teachers' Helper.  The kids had to cut and sort the pictures for fall.  There are two pictures glued on the back that show a winter scene and a spring scene.

We created these little leaf men.  I have had this pattern since my student teaching days many moons ago. 

 We completed a fall Circle Map.  

 We made these fun scarecrows to practice our color words.  This idea was shared by Kim Jordano on her site.  Be sure to check out her site.

All of the kids' projects were placed inside a manilla paper pocket.

We made our fall trees using Kaye Esponisa's TLC Fall Book.  The kids had to use their hands to tear the construction paper.  You can find more of Kaye's books at her site

This is another project from Kaye and TLC.  We added the sight word sentence.  

 We used our TLC scarecrows to decorate the hall outside of the classroom.  

Just look at those beauties!  The kids loved their special fall treat and had so much fun wearing the plastic leaf rings.

 Thanks for hanging in there to the end of this post!  

It finally feels like fall today with the weather outside.  :)
 Have a great weekend.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Five for Friday!

Hi Teacher Friends!  We have three weeks of kindergarten completed.  We have been busy learning and practicing procedures and practicing, and practicing and practicing.

We are joining the fun linky party at Doodle Bugs Teaching.  I must say that a few of these pictures are from our first and second week as well as this past week.  I haven't been too good at taking pictures.  I still want to share my classroom tour pictures but it just isn't working out right now.  Maybe later.

The beginning of this school year found us with lots of workbooks.  We have a new math adoption and a new science adoption.  (I think our school has gone Pearson crazy. We use their language arts, math and science adoptions.)  This is one set of the math workbooks.  Anyone who has taught kindergarten knows that kindergartners can not be trusted to tear out the correct page successfully.  What in the world are the textbook companies thinking?   I just have to say THANK YOU for parent volunteers. 
One sweet mom has taken the math workbooks set one (yes, there is another stack of math workbooks sitting on the floor in my classroom - set two), the science workbooks, and language arts workbooks and turned them into this.  Those pages do not tear out easily.  Oh, my!

What to do on a rainy Friday afternoon when recess is cancelled?  We stayed busy.  We completed our first TLC project.  This is the stop light project from Kaye Espinosa's TLC Beginning Lessons book.  You can find Kaye's TLC projects on TpT and at her website.

The beginning of kindergarten always means a gingerbread man activity.  We read together different versions of this classic tale and then we make a gingerbread man.  Of course, he runs away and we have to hunt for him.  We are able to cover several language arts objectives and social studies objectives with this activity.

Here are our "Meet the Teacher" gifts.   The parents were given the apple with the "An apple for the teacher is really nothing new, except when you remember that parents are teachers too." poem.  The kinderkids were given the little snack bag with a "You're one smart cookie" tag attached.  Both of the poems have been around on the web for a while.  Many of the kids sat down at their "spot" and began eating their parents' apple.  A big THANK YOU goes out to one of my kindergarten coworkers.  She helped me get that tulle tied around each apple.

We have been learning all about colors and working really hard to learn how to read and spell all those color words.  We completed this fun experiment to observe how blue and yellow make green.  I placed one set of cups on each of our four tables.  It was so fun listening to the kids as they observed this experiment.  They were fascinated!  I found this fun idea on this neat site here.

And finally, here is a picture of my classroom library.  I love the classroom library from Kinder-Craze.  I have Maria's labels, but haven't been able to get them onto the book bins yet. Maria's library inspired my classroom library.  I don't have all the books out for the kids and I still need to find a place for a few tubs that don't need to be in the class library.  I always start with a small amount of books and gradually add more.  That is why some of the book tubs are empty.

Have a great weekend!