Saturday, January 24, 2015

Snow Much Fun {FREEBIES included}

This week, we studied snow! Only, Thursday, we got REAL snow and school was canceled.  We have a few more activities to finish up next week.

First, we made our first KWL chart with Post-Its. Have you ever used post-its on a chart? I did it so we could move them around it we found out something we thought we knew- like snow is made from diamonds- was not true. Unfortunately, the Post-Its were all falling down by the end of the day!

Have you seen this book from Scholastic? It is a perfect non-fiction book about snow. We read a few pages and were able to start filling out the Learned section of our chart.

I felt inspired by Tara West at Little Minds at Work and made snow out of 2 boxes of baking soda and 3/4 C of conditioner. I also added some silver glitter. Yes, I went right for it on the carpet...and spent all of music class cleaning it up! I meant to get a drop cloth but I forgot.

Some kids made snowman, others just made messes. It was a lot of fun. Even though I spent a really, really long time cleaning it up, I would do it again.

 During math, we worked out of my Winter Math Unit. I love the missing number polar bears. They are differentiated 1-10 and 10-20. I added the number strips to support some of my kids that were struggling with it. You get 8 total centers.


We have also been working from my brand new Winter Word Work Pack.  I seriously LOVE the CVC Write and Wipe cards. This one comes with 8 centers and 3 printables. It hits on most of the standards for reading foundations.

 You can even find this adorable FREEBIE in the preview. 

You can get both of these packs bundled with my Winter Read, Write, Build Simple Sentences and SAVE. Click HERE to get the bundle.

We also played this adorable Snowball Sight Word Game. Students reach into the bucket filled with tissue paper and pull out a snowball card. If they can read it, they get to keep it. It also comes with fun bonus cards for lose a turn and extra turn. Who ever has the most cards at the end wins. You can get it FREE HERE. Enjoy!

Monday, January 12, 2015

GoNoodle Sanity Savers

Do you GoNoodle? It is the BEST! My kids LOVE it. They have a bunch of short videos to get your kids moving. They even have a few longer videos that are perfect for indoor recess. If you haven't checked it out, you must!!! If you do GoNoodle, I would LOVE to hear which ones your class LOVES.

Today, I am linking up with Elizabeth at Kickin' it in Kindergarten for her GoNoodle Sanity Savers linky party. 

The most engaging and energizing brain breaks on the web - all in one site, kid-approved and free! @GoNoodleBreaks

I try to incorporate a lot of movement breaks in my class. Yes, with transitions it does take more than two minutes...more like four minutes, but trust me, it is worth it. After my kids take a break, they are able to focus more on the task at hand. Shake Yo Foot is a class FAVORITE. We put it on at least once a week.

10 Sanity-Saving Activities for Quiet Time -- Keep this post in your "Mommy Toolbox" #kids #parenting

No, I do not mean Classroom quiet time. 
I do not actually have a classroom quiet time.
I mean mommy quiet time. For me, it is at 5 am when I am having a cup of coffee and organizing my day. Everyone is asleep and it is peaceful.  I prefer morning quiet time because, well, I am just too tired at the end of the day to enjoy it.

50 shades of grey OH OH OH I hope he's playing Christian SIGH what a sexy sexy sexy man!!!!!
Matt Bomer plays Neil Caffrey in white collar I wouldn't mind if he stole anything from me

White Collar- Peter Burke and Neal Caffrey

Umm....Have you SEEN White Collar yet???? Okay, I guess technically it just ended. I do not know how it ended yet so please don't tell me. I just started watching it on Netflix before Christmas. I am just started season 4 this weekend. I have never binged on a show before, but I can watch three episodes on Friday and another three on Saturday. No Joke. This show is AMAZING!!!! And Matt Bomer is Beatiful. I'm just sayin.

Plz like, comment or repin my stuff:) it would be appreciated . follow me << KEEP CALM AND LET IT GO

I know, I know, Frozen is so over done, but seriously, Elsa is right. Sometimes you just have to Let It Go. 
Okay, just for fun, Guess how many items in my house SING Let It Go. 
Yes, items.
Not just toys. 
Think t-shirts. 
And watches. 
And Jewelry boxes.
 And 4 year old girls.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

First Week Back

We completed our first week in 2015. I love January in Kindergarten. The kids make HUGE gains this time of year. However, this week was not one of those weeks. It was a very long and exhausting short week. We spent a lot of time reviewing procedures and expectations. While we got right back into literacy and math rotations, I did not pull any small groups. Instead, I walked around the classroom to support kids. I did a few formative assessments to see if any skills were lost over break.

We also read Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. You can get this anchor chart and an emergent reader FREE HERE at my TPT store. The snow child craft was inspired by the teacher next door. It is a simple cutting activity. You need the following sheets of paper.
1 Red 9x12 - Body
2 Red 2x4 - Arms
2 Yellow 2x2- Mittens
1 4.5x4.5 - Face
3-5 Cotton Balls 
You can get the poem and the boots FREE HERE. Run the boots off in a variety of colors so they can pick their favorite color to write in the poem.

If you are going to teach Snowy Day, I also recommend Tara West's Close Reading Unit. She outlines the essential questions and vocabulary. She even has photographs that you can use when teaching the vocabulary. The unit covers 25 different books that you probably already have. You can get it HERE.

Now that we are half way through the year, I really want to focus on writing. We did this easy shared writing activity. Each student wrote what they got for Christmas. We focused on the sight words we knew and sounding out words. We also talked a lot lot about spacing. I talk about when to use upper and lower case letters but I don't  make a huge deal about it. I would rather focus on getting the words out and spelling to the best of their ability, which varies from student to student.

New Year Centers for Kindergarten.  Work on number order, sums of 5, sums of 10, quantities, one more, one less, comparing quantities and numerals, upper and lower case letter match, CVC words, new year resolution cards

Most of our centers this past week came from my New Year Math and Literacy Centers. This has a lot of simple review activities as well as a few challenging activities. I did up date these centers over winter break, so if you purchased them before, make sure you download the new version.

Next week, we will be working out of my Winter Math Centers. I love this pack because it is differentiated to meet students at their level. For example, I have missing number cards 1-10 for my lower students and 10-20 for my higher students. When I updated this pack, I included the number line to help students. I also LOVE the addition and Subtraction snowmen.  I know they will be a hit. You can get this in my TPT store HERE.

Tomorrow, I will be starting Morning Work buckets. I will let you know how they work later this week. I have also been working on Exit Tickets to use as a formative assessments. You can get the Beginning Sound Exit Tickets and Letter Recognition Exit Tickets now. They are 50% off until Monday.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

January Currently

How can it already be 2015??? Is it just me or was 2014 the FASTEST year ever? I have been a bad, bad blogger. Here's hoping I do better in 2015! I'm starting the year off right and linking up with Farley at Oh, Boy 4th Grade.

LISTENING: We;re watching the Rose Bowl Parade. It's a New Year's Day tradition in our house.

LOVING:We actually got SNOW last night. It was only a dusting, but I LOVE snow.
THINKING: There is just something magical about a new year. Last year was wonderful, but there is always room for improvement, right? Yes, I know change can start any day, any time, but there is something motivating about the New Year, New Start. 2014 was amazing but I KNOW 2015 can be evne better.
WANTING: I'm not really a Starbucks girl. I am fine with my simple coffee with a little milk...but sometimes a sweet, 5 million calorie beverage sounds YUMMY! Especially when there is snow on the ground. But at last, I am warm and cozy on the couch and have ZERO interest in going out in the COLD.
NEEDING: Seriously NOTHING. Life is good. I LOVE winter break. My house is clean. I feel relaxed. Today is all about relaxing in my pajamas. Maybe I'll watch some Friends on Netflix (I haven't checked to see if it is on there but I heard it was true). Maybe I'll read a book. I most likely will take a nap (hello, 6 hours of sleep).
YES, MAYBE, I WISH- I am not your typical OCD Kindergarten teacher. During the school week, I get tired- especially during soccer season. I let things go. Then Saturday comes and I spend a FREAKISH amount of timing cleaning. I really want to FORCE myself to pick up the clutter for 15 minutes EVERY NIGHT. And do a load of laundry. Is it just me, or is the laundry NEVER done. Like many people, I have gained a few pounds. I really want to get back into exercising on a daily basis. I also need to clean up my eating- especially after the holidays!!!

I hope you all have a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Be sure you Like me on Facebook AND click GET NOTIFICATIONS on the Like button. I plan on having more giveaways and flash freebies on my Facebook page this week.