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!



  1. Those meet the teacher gifts are so lovely! What is the parents are teacher too poem?
    Growing Little Learners

  2. Hi! My sister and I are so appreciative of your kind comment. I found the parents poem floating around on the web. It says: "An apple for the teacher is really nothing new, except when you remember parents are teachers too!" I hope this helps.

  3. What a cool color experiment! I am going to have to give that a try. I gave the same parents gift with Great minds think a like. How lucky that you have a parent to tear out all those workbook pages. I have been using my lunch hour to tear out our math ones...yuck. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a great week!

    Luv My Kinders

  4. Hi Laura! Thank you for your sweet comments. My sister and I hope you have a great school year. :)