Monday, March 31, 2014

Reading Week Bulletin Boards & Catching Up!

Thank you so much for staying with my blog!!!  I know, I really stink at keeping up with this thing.  Right now I have to say it's that darn puppy!  She does not like to be ignored, and she's so stinking cute I have a little trouble resisting her.  

But I have wanted to keep up and post a few things!  We had reading week a couple of weeks ago and my kids did a great job on our Pete the Cat bulletin board.

I love this one -"My buttons, my buttons, my four groovy buttons"!

My friend Amy also did a great version of Elephant and Piggie!  So cute, I'm sure she wont mind my sharing!

Last week we learned about butterflies.  These were a little more difficult than I thought, but that might have just been because we did our Fun Run that morning!

Well, that's what we have been up to.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Counting Syllables and Spelling Longer Words

My latest distraction!  Her name is Coco Chanel.  I am so in LOVE with her!  She does make working a bit difficult.  I don't know how you people with babies keep up with life!

 Anyway... This week during my small groups I pulled out my Spelling Through Phonics book and used their system for spelling words with two or more syllables.  I use this book ALL the time, but I've only ever used the lessons for teaching students to learn the letters and spell one syllable words.  The system in this book is fantastic for teach students to spell.  You can get the book on Amazon and it's no longer costing a gazillian dollars.  But, here's how the syllable lesson goes.

1. Tell the students the word and have them say the word back.
2. Have students clap and count the syllables.
3. Have students draw a line for each syllable.
4. Students touch each line and say the corresponding syllable.
5. Stretch the first syllable, write the sounds on the 1st line.
6. Stretch out the second syllable, write the sounds on the 2nd line.
7. Write the whole word underneath.

I hope that made sense!  Here are some pictures that will help.  The kids were so proud of themselves!

Hope you found something useful. Thanks for stopping by! 

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Sometimes I Blog in my Head!

It's true!  I new exactly what I wanted to write on Monday, but then one of my little darlings projectile vomitted!  I was almost able to jump out of the way but my assistant was coming up from behind and when she saw me flying backwards her instinct was to save me from falling and she ended up PUSHING me right into the stream of!  She SAID she didn't see the vomit.  Hmmmmm.  That night I came straight home, showered and had a glass of mommy juice.  I was never able to remove myself from my cozy little recliner.

It's always something! We've been having a lot of fun in my little world though! We've been working on All About Posters!  I love this little guys "All About What Does the Fox Say"!

Last week we studied Penguins using Tara West's Penguins Close Read, she has it as a TPT freebie and it really helped me start to learn about Close Reading.  I did have trouble teaching the vocabulary page.  I'm sure I presented it all wrong, but it was kind of an epic failure.  I didn't give up though.  I came back strong the next day and gave partner's words from the story to draw or write about.  Then they shared their word with the class.  Maybe it was a better day for me, but they came out really well! Here are a few of them.
"marine mammals are like a whale, marine mammals eat penguins"

I'm not sure if all of these penguins are going to make it :(

(these friends told me that they knew penguins weren't blue but they wanted to make them pretty)

One of my little guys took charge of this one.  He had to partners but convinced them that they should only do the coloring ;)

Thanks for stopping by!

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sneezy the Snowman

We had such a fun week reading about Snowmen!  I have to say I've discovered a new favorite snowman book, Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright.  It's about a snowman that gets a cold, he wants to warm up, but he keeps melting!  The kids loved it!  It worked really well because this week we were learning about how patterns help ups become better readers.  We do this as part of our Daily Five, but the awesome lessons are from Kim Adsit's Readers Workshop units.
 At the end of the week we made our TLC snowmen.  I forgot to take pictures and let the kids take them home, but this little guy forgot his! He got the scarf a little mixed up, but that's okay!

Next week we will learn about polar animals!  The kids always do such a great job with non-fiction during these units so it should be fun to teach!

Have a great week!

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Show and Tell & The Mitten

This week we implemented Show and Tell in our classroom. I’ve done show and tell a variety of different ways in the past.  Usually we have a sharing box that two kids get to take home each night.  They love that but I would always struggle to fit their sharing time into my day!  You would not think that should be a problem during full day K, but trust me, it is! Anyway, this year we have a weird time slot on Thursdays that is perfect for show and tell.  I made it thematic because if you don’t you will see the same Transformers and Nintendo DS’s every single week. 

This week or theme was the Mitten, so their show and tell had to have something to do with the story.  They did really well, although there were a lot of teddy bears! Only 2 kids forgot and only a couple others decided not to share.  I let them use the microphone, so most of them were excited just to hear their voice over the speaker!   Only a couple asked if we were ever going to get free show and tell. Hmm...maybe they can earn it with class points! 

I should have taken pictures, but of course I forgot!  Do you do show and tell?  How do you do it?

We did some other fun mitten activities.  We sequenced the characters in The Mitten Pocket chart.

We wrote the room.

We made a class book (TPT Freebie).

We played CVC/CVCe word games. 
We compared different versions of the story and read other Mitten stories (See My fancy widget above, I could not figure out how to insert below :) 

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day.  


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Still in my PJ's!!

I LOVE that I'm still in my PJ's.  In my defense I did unload the dishwasher and I did an online ELL training.  That is a lot of work!  I've really not done much else.  I haven't even watched a movie.  I did finally fix-up one product and finish another.  That was work!  I'll show you them in just a second but first I have to share-my kids are giants and I am officially old!

Okay, I finally updated my Numbers on Ice game.  Now there is a multi-level card game for counting and number identification (including ten's frames), a roll and cover math game, and several review worksheets. 

I also finally put the finishing touches on my I am a Writer book.  I've been working on this one for a while.  I've also been using it in my classroom. The book currently has 21 pages.  Each page is a different writing procedure or reminder.  Each day I focus on the pages that need the most emphasis in my classroom.  For me it is usually the When I am done page!  Here are a few pictures.

 Hope you all had a very merry Christmas and got to spend some time in your pj's like I did!  Thanks for your time!

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Monday, December 23, 2013

13 for 30

Merry Christmas! Bad blogger returns!  I figured that linking up with Ms. Kindergarten and Friends would be a good way to try to get back in the grove of things!  Have a very happy holiday!

13. Favorite article of clothing: I am addicted to tank tops (seriously).  I wear them under everything.  I think I might have a problem.  Really, I wear them under t-shirts (even when it's 110)!

12. Favorite movie you watched: The Impossible-It was just so good, moving...a must see!

11. Favorite TV series: I started watching Scandal!  It sucks you in!!! I just feel like Olivia Pope is one of my bff’s, it’s like we are connected! I am so glad to have found her, especially now that Dexter has left me! (He's coming back right)?
10. Favorite restaurant: HmmThis is a hard one.  I LOVE food, all food, but as many of you know I have this chronic migraine issue and so I’m now, get thisgluten free, dairy free, sugar free..  (I'll try anything to get rid of these headaches)! 
Anyway, Eating can be difficult.  I've only actually eaten there once, but I fell in love with Bonefish Grill! I ate there before going gluten free, but bonus, they have a Gluten Free Menu and the Chilean Sea Bass is Oh so delicious!

9. Favorite new thing you tried: Going gluten free, I have to admit, it's a little hard, but so far I feel really good, and the migraines are much better!

8. Favorite gift you got: It is at work so I don't have a picture!  It's just a little block with a teacher saying.  But, my daughter bought it for me-with her own money!

7. Favorite thing you pinned: It is really so hard to choose, but this cracked me up when I was looking!

6. Favorite blog post: Admittedly I have been a bad blogger.  But I chose this post for two reasons  The first being that something had to be correct.  I was obviously rushing through something.  I actually wish that wasn't part of the post.  The real reason was the mitten pocket chart picture!  I love seeing that picture pinned and re-pinned.  It does the heart good!  It's such a good story and a great retelling strategy!

5. Best accomplishment:
This year I was asked to speak at our district’s kindergarten conference on staff development day!  I was super honored but so nervous because I am honestly not much of a public speaker.  Fortunately, everyone was very supportive, and I got to talk about shared writing (something I could chat about for quite some time) and I think I actually did okay!!!

4. Favorite picture: My daughter and my husband. I just love the way it captured the moment and their true relationship.

3. Favorite memory:
My baby girl graduated high school this year.  I can’t recall being so proud and sad all at the same time.  Bless her heart she wants to teach kindergarten!

2. Goal for 2014:  I feel like this year my goal has to be organization of my life.  Last year things just got so cluttered and I don't even know how it happened.  I wish I was a little more type A, but I am much more type hot mess! :)

1. One Little Word: Happy
Just love this little tune, I try to sing it to myself whenever I stress about life and it really does make me happy :)
Here's a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don't worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry you make it double
Don't worry, be happy
Don't worry, be happy now

Oh!  One more thing!  I have been working on my Phonics Chant and Dance product for the last year.  I used it in my classroom last year but didn't get a chance to post it!  It's finally finished and I am so excited!  In honor of that I am sharing it for free, but only for the next 24 hours!  Please leave feedback if you get it!  Hope you like it!

Phonics Chant and Dance

Thanks to everyone who read my post and downloaded my product.  The Free for 24 hours is now over, but you can purchase it for only $4.00.  Thank you for following my blog. 
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