Sunday, March 16, 2014

Catching Up!

Hi Teacher Friends!  Well it's back to work for me.  My spring break is over.  It seems like it was a bit early this year but I think that has something to do with all the school days we've missed (7days) due to the weather.  Hopefully we won't have any more of that sleet and ice.  

Here are a few pictures of things we've been working on before we left for spring break.

 We have been working on counting by tens and learning about pictographs with our Saxon Math.  I combined this activity with the large paper coins from our Saxon kit.  We used a real dime to toss it and see how it landed.  We then graphed heads or tails using the paper coins.  The kids enjoyed this so much.
 We read this book to help us learn all about dimes.  I got this book from Scholastic.  It was part of a set that included a book about the penny, dime, nickel and quarter.  The books share lots of details and facts about each coin.

 Working on those tricky blends.  We completed this Tree Thinking Map for an anchor chart whole group.  I put the pictures into a grab bag and the kids took turns choosing a picture and then placing it under the correct blend. 

This has to be our new favorite way to practice teen numerals.  Every year those teen numerals throw us for a loop.  Instead of using our flashcards, we have been practicing our numerals with this fun fly swatter game.  The kids love this and play it during our free choice center time.

 We completed this TLC Abraham Lincoln project together.  We then made a Circle Map to help us organize our learning.  The project can be found in the Winter book by TLC Lessons.  Here is a link if you would like to check out the TLC Lessons.  We love making TLC projects in class.

This is the display in the hall of our Circle Map and our Abraham Lincoln projects.  I was inspired by April at Chalk Talk to display our projects like this.  She always shares such great pictures and ideas of student work from her class. 

This picture shows one of my kinderkids work during centers.  I asked what he was making.  He told me it was a car wash.  Looks like business is good at that car wash.  :)

If your spring break is just starting, enjoy it! 
 If it is back to work for you, have a great week!


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

It's a Sale!

Hi Teacher Friends!  We are participating in the sale on TpT.  Everything in our shop will be 20% off on February 27th and 28th.  Be sure to use the promo code TPT3  at check out to get all the great discounts.
Happy shopping!


Saturday, February 22, 2014

It's Five for Friday on Saturday!

Hi Teacher Friends!  We are linking up with Doodle Bugs for the Five for Friday Linky. 

First let me say that these activites are from the past two weeks.  School has just been so-o-o busy.

 Because of the snow days we experienced, our 100th day of school fell on Valentine's Day.  My principal asked "Has the 100th day ever been this late?"  For us, it is usually around late January or early February but the sleet and ice changed everything.  Oh yeah, there was also that full moon that same time too.

 I found the idea for this door display on Mrs. Fischer's Kinder Themes website.
Be sure to check out her neat site here
  I have used this several times over the years.  The kids absolutely love walking through the zero.  Some of my past students see this and just have to walk through to tell me "hi" on the 100th day.  


 The kids work together in pairs to create this 100 link paper chain.  This is always a fun 100th day activity.

These 100 year old portraits are from Deanna Jump's unit.  These always turn out so CUTE!

 We created Valentine scrapbooks.  I found the idea for this from Mrs. Greening's site Overall Success.  Be sure to check out her neat site here
I was able to attend one of her presentations at Frog Street a few years ago.
I asked the parents to send in their child's valentines early so we could complete the scrapbook before the class party.

We have been learning about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  My class LOVES this book about George Washington.  
George Washington and the General's Dog by Frank Murphy 

This writing sample is from one of my little kinders. 
"I love the American flag.  The American flag is beautiful.  America is very beautiful."
It makes me so proud of her and the USA!

Have a great weekend!


Friday, January 31, 2014

Five for Friday

Hi Teacher Friends!  It's Friday and we are participating in Doodle Bugs Teaching Five for Friday linky.

#1  Special Classroom Visitors
We had teddy bear day this week.  It always amazes me how something so simple as bringing your favorite stuffed animal to school makes the kinderkids so-o-o-o-o happy and excited.

We sorted and graphed our bears.  I have seen this idea for graphing on several teacher sites.  A big THANK YOU goes out to all those teachers who share their great ideas with others. 

We measured our bears using linking cubes.   I found this idea on measuring each bear on Mrs. Pohlmeyer's Kinderpage.  Sadly, this site is closed.  :(    
I remember looking at her site for hours.  She had so many neat ideas and pictures to share.

#2 Class Favorites
We read from a variety of bear themed books this week.  My kinderkids absolutely love the Bear books by Karma Wilson.  The class can't get enough of them.
 This is a new book for me and my class.  They loved Goldie Socks and asked for me to read it again and again.

#3 Characters and Setting
We used the book Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson to identify the characters and setting.
Using post-it notes is super easy.  The kids can easily draw a quick picture and then add it to the chart by themselves while I help those who need it. 

#4  February!
Where did January go???  Before I left school this afternoon, I switched out the calendar and got things ready for Monday and February.  

#5  February Month Song and Poem
I found this song a long time ago on the internet.  It is sung to the tune of Frere Jacques (Brother John).   If you know the oringinal source, please leave a comment.  I would like to give credit where credit is due.

I found this poem on Victoria Smith's Kinder Korner site (  and on Mrs. Pohlmeyer's Kinderpage a long time ago as well.  My kiddoes love using a pointer to track the print in this poem.
That's all for now. 
 Have a great weekend!  :)


Friday, January 24, 2014

Five for Friday Linky

Hi Teacher Friends!  Well Blogger is cooperating once again and I was able to get my pictures to load.  We are participating in the linky at Doodle Bugs Teaching.

#1 Writing Samples
We are working away with our personal narratives. I am using Deanna Jump and Deedee Wills ' fabulous writing units.  I have posted before how much I enjoy using their units.  Those units have helped me so-o-o-o much with teaching writing to my kinderkids.  Here are two samples.  The first one is by a little kinder who has made so much progress!
 "I go to the lake and I like the lake.  I like the ducks.  I feed the ducks."

 "One time I went to the zoo and I saw a gorilla and it was awesome."
 I think these stories are "awesome"!

#2 Pencil Sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies
One word describes this pencil sharpener:  AWESOME!!!
I purchased the three pack of this sharpener after reading about this from other teacher bloggers.  I took one to my classroom, gave one to my sister for her classroom and left the third one for home use.  The word is out at my sister's school.  Kids from other classes come to her room to sharpen their pencils. (I think that is funny!)  They think it is cool!
 Just look at how well it sharpens.  The best part is that pencil point lasts all day.  The kids don't need to sharpen twice unless they break it accidentally.  My kinderkids all pinky promised not to ever point that sharp point at anyone or put it near their eye.  We talked safety first.

#3 Organizing for 2014
My favorite way to organize my lessons for the week.  Each tub holds a different subject.
I have enough stuff for each subject for two weeks.  

#4 Practicing those Blends
This is part of our snowman literacy pack at our TpT shop.  Those blends are so tricky for my little readers who struggle.  We are practicing and practicing.

#5 Celebrating the New Year
We are still working on a few activities for the New Year.  This was shared by one of my kinder co-workers.  We talked about resolutions and setting goals.   The kids loved adding the noise makers.  Of course we had to make a little bit of noise with those before gluing them onto our papers.  :)
" This year I want to I want to eat healthier."

I don't have a picture for this one but we went on a field trip Thursday to the next town over to watch a performance of a play.  It had to be the COLDEST field trip I've ever been on.  They unloaded us from the bus and we had to stand on the sidewalk waiting to go into the auditorium.  That north wind was blowing and blowing and blowing and boy was it COLD!  The kids and I huddled together to block the wind.  We pretended we were little penguins huddling together to stay warm. 

(Penguin clipart from Microsoft)

Have a great weekend friends.  Stay warm.