Sunday, September 24, 2017

Autumn Time in Kindergarten

Hi Teacher Friends. 
Happy Fall! 
Fall is a favorite time of the year for many, including us.  Apples, pumpkins, colorful leaves, cooler weather, the list goes on and on.  By the time fall arrives, the kids in the classroom are really getting our procedures and routines down pat.  Each day gets better and better.  Here are a few things we have been doing in class this past week.

We celebrated Constitution Day in kindergarten.  We read from a few books about the Constitution, watched the Schoolhouse Rock video, and made these fun hats.  We will add a page to our social studies journals this week as a review.

I like to use a sentence strip for all our hats.  It is just the right size.

We have been working on building fine motor control and working on how to use the liquid glue.  Before we complete a project that requires liquid glue, we practice with this little "A dot is a lot!" page.  It helps the kids learn to control the amount of glue they use.  This idea was shared with me years ago by one of my co-workers.  She was a joy to work with and always knew when our kinder team needed to laugh when we wanted to cry.  I miss teaching with her.  She was my classroom neighbor and she taught me so much.

We completed this fun bus project from TLC.  We try to complete a TLC project each Friday afternoon.  We work hard all week and complete all our lessons so this is our little treat.  The bus project is in the TLC Fall book.  You can find Kaye's books at www.tlclessons.com



So excited to find this book at Sam's last week.  This is always a fun favorite for kindergarten and anything that has our favorite cat in it is sure to be a hit.  We say this rhyme while waiting in line using hand motions.  It helps to keep kids in line busy while we wait on others to find their spot in line.  (I change the one part to "there's a chill in the air" since my principal does not like the other line.)

I am so glad to work at a school that understands kindergarten kids and what is developmentally appropriate for them.  We are allowed centers each afternoon.  The sand table is always a favorite.  Yes, it is messy and yes, sand does get on the tile floor.  I have two small brooms and dust pans that go with this center.  The kids know when it is time to clean up, they are to sweep up the sand from under the sand table.  They usually get most of it up.  The fun toys in the bin below were given to me by a friend.  She is not a teacher but she loves helping teachers out and asks all the teachers at church what they need for their classrooms.  One Sunday at church she said she had some goodies for me. :)   The little guy who was working in the green bin said "Come look!  Teacher, it's the ocean!"  
So I had to take a picture.

Have a great week at school!




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Friday, September 8, 2017

Happy Friday Kindergarten!

Hi Teacher Friends. 
How can it be?  We just completed three weeks of kindergarten and I have managed to post on this blog the past three weeks in a row!  It has to be a record. :)

We had so much fun with the book Mouse Shapes  by Ellen Stoll Walsh.  This is a great book and my class loved it. This was such a fun way to connect literature with our math lessons.
You need to get this book when teaching shapes to your kindergarten students.    Check with your school library to see if the book is available.


After we read the book, we made our own mice shapes.  How could you not make your own mice out of shapes after reading this book?  This was also a great shape review for the students.
All the shapes were cut using the Ellison die-cut machine at school except for the shape pieces used for the arms, legs, and tail.  We used scraps to make those.  All the shapes were spread out on the table and the kids choose the shapes they wanted to build their mice.






Have a great weekend everyone.  


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Friday, September 1, 2017

Kindergarten Fun

Hi Teacher Friends.  
Week two of kindergarten is in the books.  We have been busy learning rules and procedures for our classroom.  We survived an observation walk-through by the new assistant principal, a required fire drill with 20 little kinderkids, and baked a gingerbread man.  It has been a busy week to say the least.  Each day is getting better and better.  Here are a few pictures from our week.

We have been completing the first lessons from our math series.  The kids worked on one-to-one correspondence counting up to three.  They also were introduced to numeral writing.  Before we picked up our pencils, we got to work on building up the muscles in our hands.  We worked on making ropes from play-dough to build fine motor strength.  We placed the play-dough ropes on the numerals to work on path of motion.  Lots of kids try to write by starting at the bottom of the numeral or letter.  It is a difficult habit to break.

Once the play-dough was put away, we used our dry-erase markers and practiced writing.  We focused on beginning at the top.  The kids did a great job.  The practice beforehand with the play-dough really helped.

When Friday rolled around, it was time to bake gingerbread!  This is so much fun for the kids.  It is a great lesson that helps us cover social studies objectives.  Here is our gingerbread man before being placed in the oven.
We used two boxes of gingerbread mix and we followed the directions for making the cookies.  I just reduced the amount of water called for on the box.

Each year, our cafeteria staff are always such a big help.  They graciously loan us the use of the large pan, parchment paper, mixing bowl and any other items we need.  Then they do all the baking and watching of the oven door for us.  They play along and really do a great job of acting surprised that the gingerbread man ran away.


Here is our gingerbread man after we chased him around the elementary building.  

Have a great three day weekend everyone!



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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Hello from Kindergarten!


Hi Teacher Friends.
We hope everyone is having a great back to school season.  
We are beginning our second week of school.  

It has been busy, busy, busy.  I did manage to snap a couple of pictures this past week from our math lessons.  We always begin our kindergarten year with lessons on colors and shapes.  The kinderkids had so much fun building shapes by using play-dough and popsicle sticks.  They worked independently and then worked to help classmates who needed an extra hand.  I was so proud of the team work and cooperation shown by my new group of kids.



If you have all ready gone back to school, we hope you have a great week.  If you are enjoying the last few days of summer, we hope you have a great week too!


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Sunday, February 12, 2017

100th Day Catching Up

Hi Teacher Friends!  

So we blinked and now it is time for the 100th day of kindergarten.  This school year has been a busy one.  Even though my class size is much smaller than past years (15 little kiddos this year since our district did not accept transfers for kindergarten), our state is implementing a new teacher evaluation system.  That new system has created a large amount of paperwork for everyone.  We are getting through it, taking it one day at a time.  

Here are a few things we did on the 100th day of school.  Our 100th day fell on Feb. 2nd this year.  The poor little groundhog didn't get as much attention this year as he usually does.  Our focus was on 100th day fun!

The excitement leading up to this day is amazing.  I am so glad I teach kindergarten and my principal/school district allow us to celebrate special days like this one.

Here is the door from the hallway.  I created this early on the morning of the 100th day using bulletin board paper and clip art from Creative Clips by Krista Wallden.  Her clip art is always so cute and looks just like kindergarten to me. I wanted this to be up before the kids arrived.

This is the other side of the door. I put some of the extra clip art on the back, so our door decoration was just as cute when we left our classroom as coming in.

We reached a milestone with our TpT store.  This is a freebie we created to say thank you to all our teacher friends.  We hope you can use this freebie with your class and that is saves you a little prep time.  You can find this freebie by clicking on the link below. 
Some of the other things we did were to create a 100 link paper chain.  I had the kids work together in pairs to create the paper chain.  We also used 100 plastic cups to create towers and we loved counting to 100 with HeidiSongs 1-100 Jumpin Number song.  We also enjoyed a special 100 day snack idea shared by Jen at Crayons & Cuties in Kindergarten blog. We had our annual 100th Day Number Parade around the school building with the kids' decorated numbers.  The kids were asked to dress up like a 100 year old person and they also brought in a "100" collection.
Lots of fun and learning with this special day!


Once the 100th day excitement was over, it was back to work with our regular lessons.  The next chapter in our Math series teaches learning about money, identifying the coins by name and amount.  The kids love getting to work with the coins.  They have asked each day of this unit if we are going to "play" with the coins.  :)

That's it for now.  We are getting ready for Valentine's Day next.
Hope everyone has a great week at school.  



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Monday, December 12, 2016

December Math Fun

Hi Teacher Friends! 

 Last week, I had two little helpers sort out the red, green, and white linking cubes.  This week, we are using the cubes to help us with our Math lessons.


Here is what we discovered.  
Math is more FUN with our "new" Christmas linking cubes!  :)

Have a great week.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

December and Gingerbread

Hi Teacher Friends!  
It's been awhile since we last blogged.  We are sorry for the lack of posts.  

Here is a little activity we completed this week in kindergarten.  As a special reward for my class, I made gingerbread playdough.  The kids loved it and it kept them busy and happy on a "too cold outside for recess" Friday afternoon.  Earlier in the year, we baked a real gingerbread man as we learned about the different locations around school.  This past week, our centers and stations revolved around a gingerbread theme and this was the kids' Friday special reward.  Most of the kids rolled, patted, and played with the playdough making different things.  A group of kiddos just wanted to make a gingerbread man.


I searched for gingerbread playdough recipes on the Interenet.  There are A LOT of different recipes out there.  Find one that works for you.

Hope your December is a great one.  
Merry Christmas!


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