Thursday, January 31, 2013

Another day another laugh! And a Winner!

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So yesterday my lovely little babes came into PM kinder.  One of my little sweetie's handed my a little gift, wrapped in Christmas paper. She was so excited.  She had the biggest smile on her face.

Here is a picture of what was inside-

It's kind of difficult to see, but this bottle is filled with water!  I guess it's homemade vitamin water!

I used the random number generator and the winner of my giveaway is Proud in Primary!  I will be emailing!!!  Thanks for entering!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Just Love Kinder & Giveaway Reminder!

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Our class has been working hard learning about polar animals.  Last week we learned about polar bears.  We completed our polar bears tree map and then we used our tree maps to write sentences. For the first 3 pages they had to write a can, are, and have sentence.  The kids who finished were asked to write another page of their choice.  This little guy is very smart, very neat, and 100% kindergarten!

 These kids crack me up!  Don't forget to enter my giveaway!  I was just giving away my Valentine's Day stuff but after reading some of the comments I'll just change it to any 2 items from my store.  Just leave a comment with your email here.

Thanks for stopping by!!!


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sweet Things! Giveaway and Freebie!

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I think it's probably about time for a giveaway on my little blog!  Since Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and I just finished my Kiss Me!  CVC-CVCe word game, I thought a Valentine's Day giveaway would be perfect.  

Here is what you get-

Kiss Me! CVC-CVCe Word Game

Monsters Love Math-Valentine's Day Fun
(If you've already purchased these you can just pick something different)

Here's what you have to do:

Check out my TpT Camp Kindergarten Store.  Then leave me a comment about something that you like or would like to see.  If you want to follow my blog or store that is fantastic, but not necessary.  Please make sure you include your email address in case you win! I will choose a winner with the random generator thing on Thursday at 6:00PM (that way could have your product before Friday to print and laminate)!

Freebie for all-


Thanks for stopping by!!!


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Polar Freeze Products Posted!

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Today we started learning about polar bears.  The kids were super excited.  We are using Deanna Jump's unit.  We are working hard to make our polar bear tree map. I did have a few moments when I want to maybe bang my head against the wall trying to get the kids to finish the sentence- Polar bears are _____.  But, they eventually got it.  One great thing about teaching half day kindergarten is that anything that is hard in the morning, you get to fix in the afternoon!

I made a few things to help me out while teaching about polar animals and they are all on TPT!

Polar Freeze Nonsense Words to help us with blending!

 Numbers on Ice for my friends who are having a little trouble identifying numbers!

 And of course... Write the Room!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Little Whining, Polar Animals and a Little Freebie!

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It seems like every time we get a long weekend, I end up getting sick.  I suppose that it's better than waking up sick on a work day (since my emergency sub plans are never really ready) but it still stinks!!!

I'm blaming stress!!!  My grade book is sucking the life out of me (I literally worked on it for 3 hours yesterday, that was just the AM, and I didn't even enter any grades)!  My daughter is applying to any college she can that is either way too expensive and/or super far away.  My dogs have hit old age and it's one thing after another...  It never ends.  All I want to do is have things right, all the time.  Is that too much to ask?

All right, I'm done whining.  Last week we started our polar animals study.  The kids loved it!  We started with our schema chart (I forgot to take a picture, but trust me it was pretty basic -Polar Animals written at the top, then a space for Our Schema, New Learning, and Misconceptions).  Despite the fact my chart was no match for the cuteness Mrs. Jump always produces.  The kids were super excited! I just love that when I say "it's time for our schema chart" I hear a chorus of yeahs!!!!

I like to start my polar animals study off pretty general.  We learn about different animals that live in the Arctic and Antarctic.  I break out the globe.  The kids learned that polar bears live in the Arctic-AKA North Pole-then some were a little fearful for Santa.  But we are pretty sure a polar bear would never eat Santa because then they wouldn't get any presents.  I love my conversations with 5 year old children!

Everyday we read a different Polar Animal Book by Melvin and Gilda Berger.  Then we added to our schema chart.

We are really needing structured writing right now so when we finished with our schema chart we did a shared writing about something we learned.  We thought of a sentence together.  I showed them how to draw whatever animal they suggested and reminded them that we do our best, even when we don't know how!!!  Then we thought of a sentence, counted the words, sounded them out and I modeled how to write them.  For the final step I had them do something I've never done before...I had them write the same thing in their journal.  Like I said, we need some structure right now.  They did awesome and I think it really helped because on the last day they were able to write their own sentence and I actually saw improvement!!!

Our Polar Animals Journal was pretty basic, but it worked great!  Here's a copy if you like!  Just make as many copies of the second page as you need. -The awesome border is from graphics from the bond.  The cute clip art is all microsoft!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Mitten Pocket Chart Picture & Letter Sound Intervention Correction

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Well, two days in a row!  I am on a roll!  At school today I actually remembered to take a few pictures!  Here is our mitten pocket chart.  It's super easy to make.  You just draw a mitten onto white poster paper.  Cut it out, the cut strips to fit in your pocket chart. 

I have completed and posted my new phonemic awareness packs for initial and medial sounds.  We worked on medial sounds today using the smart board and the kids loved it.  The funny noises I made when a picture didn't have the /a/ sound in the middle may have helped a bit. :)

Sadly I was notified that my Letter Sound Interventions Pack has an error.  Page 22 has the wrong letters listed.  If you already purchased this product you can download the corrected copy from TpT.  Sorry for any inconvenience!  

Monday, January 7, 2013

New Years Resolution and The Mitten & a Freebie

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I'm back!  Well really  I haven't been anywhere.  Most days I feel like I have so much to say, but then I start reading everyone else's blogs and before you know it my computer gets shut down and I'm relaxing on the couch! Kudos to all of you who keep up with regular blogging!  I don't know how you do it!  

 Anyway...I did make a lot of New Years Resolutions, and one is that I would make a blog post at least once a week...we'll see how I do!  Like many of you, we are reading The Mitten this week.  You probably have a gazillion ideas but if you are anything like me, it's always fun to see what other people are doing!

I'm teaching half day and we have a lot to fit in so be warned, we are not doing anything extravagant.  However, I try to make sure that everything we do is important and effective!  

Monday-Read The Mitten by Jan Brett, focus on vocabulary, main idea, problem and solution
Tuesday-Re-read The Mitten by Jan Brett-retell with pictures in the pocket chart.  For the pocket chart we have a big mitten.  Then the students post the characters in the order that they went into the mitten.  I should have posted a picture-maybe tomorrow!

Wednesday- Students retell the story using the pocket chart pictures.  Then they get to make their own large mitten placing the characters in the mitten as they retell the story! Read -The Mitten by Jim Aylesworth.
Thursday-.Read The Mitten by Alvin Tresselt.  Brainstorm ideas for our own Mitten story.
Friday-Everybody writes and illustrates a page for The Mitten class book.  Hopefully we will also read the class book!

You can click on the link for a the class book (It's a Freebie)!

My students are also doing my Mitten Write The Room center for word work and some of use are working on our CVC/CVCe words with My Mitten game.  They are pretty cheap on Tpt!

Okay, I've kept the resolution for one week.  Thanks for not abandoning my little blog!

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