Sunday, November 30, 2014

November in review.

Take a look at the fun things happening in kindergarten in the month of November!
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Daily 5 Looking Alive!

I love the end of September because as a teacher you take a deep breath and know you are on your way!  Routines are set, a few minor adjustments, and you know learning is now happening.
     Our Daily 5 routine is all set!  Here is a quick peek at my kinders practicing Daily
Listening to Reading:  found these great carriers at Big Lots.  Each one has two books, a response page to complete, an  I Touch and a cute soft pouch to protect my precious technology.
Work on Writing:  my kiddos work in their handwriting books for their must do and then they explore my writing center.
Abundance of writing materials!  
Word Work:  we practice our sight words at this center.  Here my kiddos are completing their sight word book for I.
After their must do is complete they explore the magnetic letters.  Look they are sorting by letters!
ABC Center:  After completing their Rainbow Letter books my kiddos play with my flannel boards.  I just purchased this tabletop flannel board from Lakeshore.  I absolutely love it!  In Las Vegas this summer at the kindergarten conference I purchased several flannel stories.  Here my kiddos are retelling Brown Bear.
More flannel board fun!
Reading to Self:  check out my reader in our classroom library!
Technology:  I introduced the Magnetic Letter app.  Easy to use for my super smart kinders!
     Beginning next week I will begin guided reading with my kiddos!  It's going to be a great year!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Vegas Top 10!

Back from Vegas with so much to share.  Ok now this was my first time attending the conference and oh my gosh, it was unbelievable!  I did not miss one session, my notebook is filled with incredible ideas, quotes, crafts, you name it!  I met so many talented teachers, and it made me proud to be part of an amazing profession.  So...I wish I could share my whole entire notebook with you but instead I decided to list my TOP 10!  
When I went back through my notes these are the things that had extra stars all around them.  Some simple, and some I was jumping out of my chair when I heard how simple teaching life can be.  So sit back, and please let me know what you think because it means a lot when I hear your comments means a lot.
10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1,HERE WE GO!

During the conference I made a list of things to do to make sure I did not forget.  Now I have a checklist for summer to find those one of a kind items!

This is so true.  The minute your kiddos and parents walk through your classroom door they have an impression of what kind of teacher you are going to be.  So make that first impression a lasting one.  You can create an inviting environment that engages both your new kiddo and their parents with scavenger hunts, a photo booth, and a little treat to bring home.

I always try to teach too many games...too confusing.  Start the school year with one game and teach it good!  Then add a few more.  As the months change you can add seasonal items to the game.

Kim Adsit showed us this and I has one of those teacher moments where I looked like I won the simple and easy.  Books are easy to flip through and students can access CD's right there to listen to the book.

Every speaker said this!  Kids need change.  Yes I know this takes a lot of time and effort but it's worth it.  It goes along with the idea of teaching the same game but using different game pieces to change it up.  Go to the dollar store and find those magical treasures that will excite your kiddos to learn.

I was making my anchor charts over every single year.  Now we all know that is very time consuming.  "The Reveal," will change your life....

I am changing my classroom to a chalkboard theme this year so I was excited to hear this simple fact.  I LOVE when I learn those inside teacher secrets!

Of course we all know that kiddos need everything in their little kinder world to make sense well, THIS MAKES SENSE!  We don't want sick markers....

Start with the positive always.  Make that summer visit or phone call that can make the difference in your school year.  Make the effort to send that friendly email to parents when something good happens instead of always focusing on the bad.

Don't, and I mean don't let teachers or parents tell you that you do all the "cute" projects with no meaning.  You can even address this at Back To School Night to explain to parents the learning that is involved in your projects.

If you have any questions about my TOP 10 just leave me a comment and I am happy to elaborate to help you get started.  Start saving for next year because Vegas is not to be missed!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


120 × 125

Teachers Pay Teachers has hit a milestone!  3 MILLION TEACHERS STRONG!  Teachers all across the nation are sharing their creative ideas and now you can join in on the fun!  In honor of teachers I am hosting a sale on my first 3 products.  Don't miss out on a great sale 2 days only, February 27th and 28th.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

STEM Ice House Challenge

My second product is here!  This is my first STEM challenge that I am so excited to introduce.  STEM is integrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in daily instruction.  I did this activity with my kinders last year and it was so exciting to see the learning happen naturally.  Students build an ice house that will prevent an ice cube from melting.  We complete the experiment together as a class.  Check out this blog post from last January!
Now that I am beginning to make my own products on Teachers Pay Teachers, I spent my winter break creating this and I can't wait to use it with my kinders this month.  It includes a parent letter to send home, a writing page for students to write about their ice house, and a class graph to keep track of the BIG class experiment!  Check this out on Teachers Pay Teachers!
I hope you like it and please let me know your thoughts and suggestions because I am learning every day.