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Friday, December 11, 2015

Visions of Christmas

After reading "The Night Before Christmas" poem.  We wrote to complete a prompt about the visions dancing in  heads!  What do we really want for Christmas?!?!
It is a great tie in to talk about when an illustrator draws "dreaming boxes" what the reader understands!  It also lead to a great discussion of what "dancing in my head" means.
Creating this activity is so easy!
1. Read and discuss poem.
2. Students share what they are dreaming about this Christmas.
3. Take pictures of students with Santa hat pretending to sleep.
4. Print and cut out pictures.
5. Glue pictures to a doily.
6. Complete sentence.
7. Cut and glue to construction paper.

I found the idea on Mailbox Education Center.  Click on the picture to go to the web site.
I made a new speech bubble to use next year!  You can find it free at my TPT store!  Please send a link of your class if you try it!  Would love to see what you create!


How did we create this beautiful candy that helped complete our amazing wall!
a candy pattern, red paint, Q tips and cello wrap!  
You can find the pattern at this link from Mailbox Education Center!  It is a great resource!

Painting with a q tip is so much fun for kindergarten students!

Yes, Riley had the day off from school so she volunteered her time to help in the classroom!  She is a great helper and says she wants to be a kindergarten teacher when she grows up!  She has the patience!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Popcorn Time!

We read a poem and acted out the movements.  Then we made popcorn!  My "old' hot air popper from college was a great hit!

Here is a sample of the poem we used.  I used this poem years ago and it is part of my memory now but I have no idea who wrote it!  Please let me know if you know the author!

We are going to add this poem to our Learner's Journal.  We are using it right now to find words with in the text; then stretch and blend the words to check to see if we found the correct word.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Jackson Pollock Art!

How did we create these amazing trees?

We watched a video about the famous artist Jackson Pollock!

We then decorated Christmas trees with marbles!
We took cut shapes and placed them in a box.

 3 drops of paint was added to 3 marbles, shaken, and place in the box.  We then had to shake, rattle and roll until all the paint was off the marbles!
We use red, yellow, and blue paint.  
It was fun to see the colors mix and all the different designs!

Park Hills Shirts!

Thank you Park Hills PTA for the shirts!
Crazy faces make them even better!

Christmas Countdown!

Christmas is right around the corner and we created bells to count down the days! Chain links and glitter!  Who could ask for anything more!

The students made chain links using 12 red and 12 green strips in a pattern.  Holding each link and counting to 20 had us practicing our math skills.

Bells were cut out, glittered and a poem was attached to the front.
 Here is the poem and a copy of the bell pattern!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

We had a feast in our room for lunch!  What a great way to celebrate friends!

 Check out the great Native American Toys we decorated to complete our study!  

Check out our facebook page to see a video.  Teach Magically Facebook!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Happy National Education Week!

The PTA sponsored a dress up day to celebrate National Education Week!  
Check out the amazing decisions by 5 and 6 year olds!  Some are easy to tell but can you find the office worker, scientist, doctor, Security Alarm Installer, Paleontologist, Art Teacher, Construction Worker, Police Officer, Army Guy, Firefighter, and the Steeler's  Football Coach!  
You should have seen them jump when I blew my whistle!

Thursday, November 19, 2015


We have been working so hard to isolate and practice the beginning sounds!  
This week we used the alphabet center to say the beginning sound of a picture and decide which letter made that sound.
The alphabet center is from Learning Resources!  I love this center and so do the students!  The students like to play this game by themselves during Center Time!

We focused on the "Magic C' letters that we have learned so far this year!  a,d,c  These are special letters because they start with a c.  If a student always starts with the "Magic c" when making these letters, they will not turn backwards!  Check out the HWT video to help you practice.
I have a Magic C Bunny Puppet from Handwriting Without Tears!  Although we don't use this program, the bunny comes in handy to focus the students on the letters.  If you click on the piture below, it will take you to the site
You can purchase a mini puppet on amazon but you would have to sew on the "c"

Friday, November 13, 2015

Practice! Practice!!

Practicing letter names and the sounds that go with the letters is so important for Early Reading Skills! This week I used 2 different activities that the students LOVED!!! 
 Puzzles and Stamp and See Screens!

I made 4 piece letter/sound puzzles to help the students practice! Click here to find it at my store.

To make it error free teaching, I asked the same questions I use in the Scott Foresman Early Intervention system I am using with my class.  It provides highly specified instruction so you teach less, more thoroughly.  

First the students put the puzzle together and sub-vocalize the picture names.

I ask,"What is the letter name?"  
Student replies, "only with the letter name."
I ask, "What sound does it make?"
Student replies, /sound only/

I ask, "Tell me the words that make the /sound/."
Student tells all pictures.

I ask, "Do (name all pictures) make the /sound/  sound?"
Students says yes or no.

I ask, "What letter makes the /sound/?"

Check out the students using the puzzles!  It was so great to see them asking for help from each other!  One group was so excited to learn the word sombrero.  They realized that hat would not work with a puzzle that has all /s/ pictures!

Stamp and See Screen!
These screens are labeled for Pre-K from Handwriting Without Tears  but the students love to use them and we use them in place of white boards and small chalk boards!  Changing it up keeps it fun!  The students thought this learning activity was a great game.

I would say a letter and the students had to write it on the board.  After writing, I would ask, "What letter did you write?  What sound does it make?"

These also come with magnetic shapes that help the students form letters correctly in the beginning of learning!  Now that we have practiced making these letters with play dough, magnetic shapes, pencils, crayons, and white boards, we can write them ourselves!