Tuesday, January 31, 2012

100th Day of Kindergarten

Hip, Hip, Hooray!  It's the 100th Day of Kindergarten!
We celebrated the 100th day today.  Here are a few pictures from our day. 

This is a fun door display.  The kids absolutely loved walking through the zero to get inside the classroom.  I found this great idea on Mrs. Fischer's Kinder Themes website.  www.kinderthemes.com

The kids worked in groups of two to create this 100 link paper chain.  They did such a good job working together!

Each year on the 100th day, the kindergarten kids participate in our annual 100th Day Number Parade.  Each kindergarten student is assigned a number and they decorate it at home with their families. (The idea for the family number project and number mural is from Mrs. Pohlmeyers' Kinder Page.  Sadly, her site is closed.)  Then on the 100th day, the kinder kids parade around the elementary hallways for the number parade.  This year we had 105 kindergarten kids in our number parade! After the parade, all the kids' numbers are displayed in the hallway to create a big 100 number mural.   This is a cape that my class wore along with a 100th day hat during the parade.  The idea for the cape is from the Kinder by Kim website.  www.kinderbykim.com 

We used a sentence strip and numeral die-cuts to create our 100th day hats.

We ran out of time today and did not get all of our special 100th day activities completed.  We will finish tomorrow.
More pictures to come. :)


Monday, January 23, 2012

New Blog Design

Here is our new blog design.  Dream Team Designs did an outstanding job!  We are so pleased and happy with the new blog design! If you are thinking of getting a custom design for your blog, check out  http://dreamteamdesigns.blogspot.com.


Friday, January 20, 2012

Letter Bb, Teddy Bear Day and Treating Others with Kindness

We have completed a busy week in kindergarten!  We use Saxon Phonics along with our state C Scope curriculum.  We are allowed to substitute the word study lessons in C Scope ELA with Saxon Phonics.  This week we were learning all about letter Bb.  We start our days with journal writing and on Fridays, the kids always have "free choice" on what to write about.  Since we brought our teddy bears to school today, this little one wrote about her bear.

We took turns sharing about our bears.  Then we sorted and graphed our bears by size.  Our categories were: Small Bear, Medium Bear, Big Bear, and Not a Bear.  The kids colored in a paper graph as I completed one on the Smartboard.  We compared which had more and which had less.

This bear project is from TLC Lessons Getting Started book by Kaye Espinosa.  I first learned about TLC Lessons from teachers who shared on their class websites.  (A big THANK YOU to all who take the time to do this.)  I was fortunate enough to see Kaye Espinosa present a breakout session at Frog Street Press' Splash Summer Conference a few years ago.  My students and I love completing TLC projects.  They are great for practicing listening skills, following directions, and many more skills.  Each child begins with the same materials but each project turns out differently.  The lessons are also a great motivational tool.  The kids know they will miss out on a project if they act up.  The kids' personalities and creativity really shine through in these projects.  TLC Lessons are now available on the Teachers pay Teachers site!

Our C Scope ELA lessons have the students working with procedural texts.  I found this neat booklet from The Mailbox Magazine.  (It is my "go to" resource.)  This is "Camping Bears" from their Kids in the Kitchen feature.  We made this snack and had a teddy bear picnic in the classroom.  I put two tablecloths on the floor and the kids thought that was so neat.  Don't you just love it when you are able to do something so simple for the kids and they love it and tell you that you are the "BEST" teacher ever.  Keep in mind they are in kindergarten, exactly how many teachers have they had before kindergarten?    :)       Kinder kids are the BEST!

We also completed a few more special activities and ran out of time for others activities.  We will try to finish next week. 

We also focused on learning about kindness and how to treat others this week.  We completed a Weekly Reader issue on kindness and learned about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.  :)


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Thank You Lil' County Kindergarten!

Wow!  A great big THANK YOU to Marlana from Lil' Country Kindergarten.  She posted about our blog and we now have 20 followers!  We are teaming up with Marlana for an upcoming giveaway!  So exciting! 

Also some have asked about a link to our TpT store.  Here is the link if you would like to check it out.  www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Williams-Sisters.  We are in the process of getting a new blog design from Dream Team Designs.  http://dreamteamdesigns.blogspot.com  We are super excited and can't wait for the new CUTE blog look!

Thanks again everyone!  Have a great week at school.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Help One Another

Check out Mrs. Wills' Kindergarten blog for how we all can help the teachers of Joplin, MO.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Learning is "Snow" Much Fun!

Our snowmen turned out so cute!  We used the snowman glyph from Deanna Jump's Snowman Unit.    The kids really enjoyed this activity.  Once we finished, they enjoyed looking at each others' snowman and reading the glyph information.

Hat Color = My favorite color.
Number of Buttons = My age.
Arms Up = I have built a snowman.
Arms Down = I have not built a snowman.

Thank you, Mrs. Jump for the great unit and all the creative ideas! :)


Friday, January 6, 2012

More January Centers

"Roll a Snowman" - I found this neat activity on the Little Giraffes website. www.littlegiraffes.com  Look under monthly themes and then January.  Click on "Winter" to find and print the direction page.  The kids enjoyed this so much.  We completed it as a group so everyone had a turn to toss the dice.  We ended up drawing snowmen on the front and back of the paper.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

January Centers

Here are a few pictures of our January centers. 
We are working on addition.

Working with ten frames, building teen numbers.

Reading color words and graphing.

Creating and extending patterns.

Counting using tally marks. 
The popsicle sticks make a great hands-on addition to this center.

Identifying middle vowel sounds.  The kids match the picture card to the corresponding short vowel card.  To make this center more challenging, refrigerator ABC magnets were added and the kids had to spellout each word.

The clipart used in these centers is from KPM Doodles.

All these centers are in our Winter Whimsy packet on TpT except
the snowman counting with tally marks it is in our Tally Snow! packet.

A few have asked for the link to our TpT store.  Here is the link if you would like to check it out.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Target Dollar Spot and More

I found these felt bags at Target during Christmas break at their Dollar Spot.  I plan on using the snowmen bags for our January centers.  (The Santa, reindeer and tree bags will be saved for next year.)  The bags are just perfect for little kindergarten hands.  The kids can use the bags to hold the cards, counters, or other items for our centers. 

These two snowmen are gift bags.  They are just the right size for kindergarten.  I plan on using these to hold some of our January centers as well.  The kindergarten kids will be able to take their center to a table or a spot on the floor to work with all the pieces inside the snowmen bags.

More pictures to come of our January centers soon. :)