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Friday, August 29, 2014


Check out all the friends we made the first week of school!  We learned many rules and procedures.

Monday, August 25, 2014

First Day Fun!

Today was the first day of school filled with so much excitement and fun!

I have 2 extended day classes that are 1/2 day each.  There are 14 students in the morning and 16 students in the afternoon.  I provide the extra reading, writing, and math skills to supplement the 1/2 day curriculum of our district.  There were:

3 crying students
1 crying Mom
2 runners
1 "I am in charge" challenger
1 crawling under the table wanderer

We persisted and accomplished many things.

In the morning:
We wrote our names, learned each others names, read The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, practiced the "freeze"game, played on the playground and practiced lining up to the whistle (We did so well that we had extra recess time.), went to lunch and had music class with Mrs. Henson.

Check out how well the am students write their names!
In the afternoon:
We ate lunch, worked with Mrs. Weih, read The Rainbow Fish, learned the names of our friends, wrote our names with sidewalk chalk on the playground, practiced lining up to the whistle, sorted fiction books, and worked in centers (Lincoln logs, building blocks, markers, big blocks, housekeeping).

What a great exciting day!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Baby Got Class -- A back to school parody

This is one of the funniest back to school parody's that I have ever seen! This just gets me excited to start a new school year and see all of the kiddos! #babygotclass

Lift Off to Literacy!

Join International Literacy Day!
Can't wait to "Lift Off to Literacy" by engaging kindergarten in an extra 60 seconds of literacy activities for 60 days.

Join us!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Getting Ready for 2014-15 Year

I am so excited for the new year to begin!  Here are a few of the great projects I have been working on this summer to get ready for the new school year.

Rice Table Fun

Dying rice to make a rhyming game!  So easy to do.  Put 2T of rubbing alcohol in a ziplock bag.  Add food coloring.  I use 1/2 a bottle of neon color into each bag.  Add one pound of rice (found at the dollar store). Zip, Shake and Stir!

Lay on wax paper to dry.  Be carefulIt will stain your counter tops!  I let it dry for a few hours!  Looks great when mixed!

I place all the rice together into a large bin and use it for teaching/experimenting with volume or searching for objects.

Discovery Bottle Recording Sheet

Last year I made discovery bottles using rice and gator aide bottles. (See above for directions about dying rice or noodles.)

The students used them to find letters.  I created a new recording sheet to be used.  The students will use a BINGO dabber to record the letters found in their bottle.  I did not put every letter in every bottle.
Upper Case Letters-Click here to get this sheet free!

I decided to use a sentence for the usual name box to help the students practice the sight words; my, name, is.  I am hoping that by reading these words on many sheets, the students will begin to read these words easily.  I used the stars below the words to help students begin to learn one to one correspondence.