Sunday, October 11, 2015

Teaching Nouns in Kindergarten

In the Journey's reading series, we introduce nouns within the first couple of weeks of school.  I introduce nouns over three weeks. The first week we only do people nouns, the second week we teach place nouns, and then the third week we do things/animal nouns.  We started off by brainstorming people nouns and making a list on the white board.  We continued to do this each week.  Then, the last week we used these cards from Lori over at Teaching With Love and Laughter.
The kids LOVED sorting these cards together. When we were done, I told the students that they were going to make their own poster.  Some kids weren't sure what a 'poster' was, so I showed them a couple of poster examples that I had in the classroom (ex. color poster, hundreds chart, etc.). Then, I split the class into four different groups (making sure to put a 'writer' in each group).
 Each group had to make their own nouns poster.  They started off by writing 'person', 'place', and 'thing' at the top.
 Another student in the group traced the letters in sharpie and another student colored the letters.  This gave more students the opportunity to contribute.
 Then, they had to draw at least three items in each category.  If they wanted, they were allowed to use the cards we sorted on our whiteboard. 
Look at how cute these pictures turned out!! 
 Then, they took turns tracing their words and coloring in their pictures. I always walk around and make sure everyone is contributing. If I see a child just sitting there, I give them a job to do. Eventually, I want them to create their own jobs. But since this was our first time doing a group project, I had to remind them of different things to do a little bit more than normal. 
 When all of the groups were finished, they came to the carpet and sat with their group.
I called one group up at a time to present their poster. 
 They weren't shy at all!! The students took turns reading the different images they drew.
This was the first collaborative group activity we did this year, and they did AMAZING with it!! I was so impressed! This month we will do our next group activity--sorting facts onto a venn diagram to compare bats and birds.  I am sure they will impress me again!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Apple Day

Our 'Apple Day' is quickly approaching and I always like to look back to see what I've done in past years to make planning a lot easier! I always try to keep my special events fun, but easy to put need to make stress or extra work for yourself! ;) I was taking a look at pictures from our last 'Apple Day' and I realized I never blogged about it! So, here we go!
The students made these special apple trees using their finger prints. I stored these away for their end of the year memory books.
You can find my memory books by clicking on the image below. It is incomplete and I will be adding to the pack monthly. 
They played our Apples Letter/Sounds game which is always a hit!
You can find the game here:
We made these delicious apple trees!! All you need is Ritz Crackers, a jar of vanilla icing (dyed green), pretzel sticks, and m&m's.
We also had a station set up for apple taste testing. They had a slice of a red, green, and yellow apple along with peanut butter, caramel, and apple juice.
I had this little poem and q-tip painting activity prepped from a previous year that went unused so we worked on this at one of our centers. They actually had a great time with this and it was a good fine motor center! We glued this into our poetry notebooks when they were dry.
The students all made this cute craft from The Bubbly Blonde. You can find it for free HERE. These would make a cute and easy bulletin board!
Our last center was a roll and dab game. My students always love these games. 
This one can be found in my apple unit below.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I Have, Who Has?

My kids always love the game I Have...Who has...?
And so do we over at Freebielicious!

Some of us got together to play a little Back to School Edition of the game. Be sure to play from the beginning of the game by clicking on the image above :)

Did you see A Teeny Tiny Teacher's post?

Well that's me!

My Word Work Centers are my absolute favorite (and my kid's too)!  They make planning so easy and the centers are interactive and engaging.  Each month builds upon the previous month so there isn't a lot of explaining to do! 

Here are some of the Word Work Centers in action:
from the November pack
from the October pack
from the September pack
from the November pack
Click HERE to see the centers in my store.
Well, these centers are ALL on sale Monday and Tuesday for the Teachers pay Teachers Back to School Site-wide SALE!
Don't forget to use the promo code: BTS15

Are you ready for your next clue in our game?
Don't forget to guess which FREEBIELICIOUS author the clue is about, THEN click on the image below to find the answer.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Random Facts About Me!

So, where do I even start?  I am going into my 9th year teaching kindergarten--but, this year I will be at a new school that is closer to home, I'm excited! I actually moved back in April and just got around to hanging some pictures in my entryway yesterday!!
I have such an amazing family.  My mom and dad, Papa, and my 3 sisters all live super close so we are together a lot! Two of my sisters also have little girls, so I am an aunt to two cuties! 
My boyfriend and I LOVE to travel! He isn't a planner at we tend to go on a lot of last minute getaways. Last night we booked a trip to Boston for this upcoming weekend. We've both never been so I am open to any tips or recommendations! 
 My boyfriend has two BEAUTIFUL kids!! They are 3 and 4 and I am so blessed to have them in my life!
Here are some other random facts about me:
(I am just going to type the first 10 things that I can think of!)
1. I LOVE anything with rainbow sprinkles
2. Yellow makes me happy
3. I used to collect stickers and mini erasers. I still have them...and won't let anyone touch them! Especially the fuzzy stickers ;)
4. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about my Nana. I am so lucky that I have so many amazing memories with her. She was my best friend!
5. I have been cooking a lot lately and love it!
6. I seem to like a lot of foods that make my breath smell--garlic, onions, etc. YUMMY!
7. I tend to think that I've never seen a movie before, but when I get to the end I remember that I have seen it! Oops!
8. I can't pack for a trip until my house is perfectly clean
9. I'm jealous of people when they get the hiccups--I've never had them! 
10. I am a huge college football fan! Can't wait for the season to start! 

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