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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Snowmen Segmenting with Phonics

WOW!  We have so much fun learning the sounds and the letters that make them!   Now we are starting to spell words!  We stretch the sounds from the picture on the snowman while pointing to the snowflake.  Yes, we can segment words!
 Then a student had to put the snowflake letter to match the sound. Phonics Fun!
 To keep everyone involved...all others wrote the sounds on white boards!
 Everyone was so proud that they could actually write words! then we read the words! Blending, yes!
Here is a free sample of the snowmen resource we used!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Never Enough Practice!

 I am so amazed at how much my students have learned so far this year!  They just don't understand when my eyes fill up with tears as they read independently...or my loud screams of excitement!

BUT...I'm amazed that learning the letters and sounds can be so difficult or cause some confusion with the letter names or sounds.

Soooo what do you have to so as a teacher...SLOW DOWN and provide opportunities for practice!

WHAT,,,how do you do that with standards and expectations!

JUST DO IT!  It is so important to make decisions based on the learning of the students not on the expectations from Common Core Standards, Parents, Administrators, or other teachers!

So we are going to be practicing with a fun snoefalke game and 2 fun games! Oh, Yeah!

  • Go Fish!
  • Concentration!

Playing games isn't a waste of class time - it's an intelligent and purposeful use of time!

 We will also just pull a letter from the mitten shape and say the letter and sound!  If you get it right, you keep the snowflake!  When time is up, we count the snowflakes and compare so we add math skills to a phonics game! 

Here are the resources I use to make learning fun! 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Cutting Wreaths

We made paper wreaths to practice cutting skills!  and to celebrate Christmas!
How easy and fun is it!  Check out the step by step pictures and directions!

1st- Fold a piece of 9X12 green construction paper in dog fold!

2nd-Fold it dog style. should now be folded in half with folded edge pointed towards belly.  The open edge is away from the body and there is a folded line running horizontally across the paper.

4th- Cut straight lines from the folded paper edge to the folded middle line.  Be sure to cut right to the middle line!  "Touch the middle line!"

5th- Keep cutting equal size lines!  Thumb up, elbow in!

6th-Keep going until the end!

7th- Open paper.

8th-Fold 2 outer edges to touch in the middle.

9th-Fold into a triangular prism.

10th- Staple edges!


It is so important to practice scissor skills! Click on picture below to get a copy of TIPS FOR CUTTING with Scissors!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Phonemic Awareness, Rhyming and Phonics

We have been really focusing on making 2 sounds blend together to make a word. Oh Yeah!  Phonological Awareness!

First we practiced orally!
Teacher: /b/  /at/
Students clap: bat

Then we made an anchor chart by adding letters to match the sounds we said! Oh yeah!  Phonics!

Students could practice reading the words independently or they would find the word after we blended it as a class! (Great way to focus on beginning sounds!) Oh yeah FUN!

Here is a video I posted to @Seesaw to help the parents understand what we are doing and to provide more practice at home! Oh Yeah PRACTICE!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Number Sense Subitizing

We have been working really hard to build number sense!  Subitizing is the biggest focus!

What is subitizing?

Subtilizing is the ability to see a small amount of objects and know how many there are without counting. Subitizing is what tells you what number you roll on a six sided dice – you must practice until counting is no longer necessary! (We still have a few that need to count and we do it every day!)

We roll a dice and try to tell the number without counting!  The students now know that they can count BUT only if needed!  

Now we are working on coloring presents since it is December!  The sheet has the dots to match and the number to help with number recognition.  Download the free game by clicking on the picture!

We also play hopscotch! Roll the dice, say the number, hop beside the number, turn around and hop back....yes, you can count backwards...if you can!

 We also are still searching the room for totals!
These small cards are hidden around the room!  We search, add dots, and find a match on a recording sheet!

We also use dot cards to discuss what we see!

You can get FREE dot cards from PreKinders to play a more/less game!

We have been talking a lot about what we see on Dot Cards!  
Questions for discussion:
How many dots did you see?

How did you know how many?
How did you know that was _____?
How did you see it?
What did you see?
Did anyone see it a different way?

It is so important to not to comment on answers!  You are trying to understand the thought process that is happening in the students' heads!  It also develops students' understanding of how to explain what they are thinking!  Other may get a few ideas too!

Give the gift of number sense and subitize!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I Dare You!

I have been so concerned with the posts I have been reading and listening to talk of some teachers! STANDARDS! PARENTS! BEHAVIOR!  The negativity that seems like venting makes teachers seem like they don't love their jobs!

I DARE you!

Make your room happy!
then start talking about the happy stuff! on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook! #happyclassrooms

Check out Greg Smedley-Warren's bog and take the challenge!

I DARE you!

Take a few minutes, smile and talk to your students!  Listen to them talk and interact!

I DARE you!

Stop overly obsessing about standards and/or data and focus on the learning of your students! Proclaim and broadcast it!

I DARE you!

Plan something fun!  After, 25+ years of teaching...they only remember the fun stuff!  Like the time you fell off the cooler at the field trip!

I DARE you!

Promote other teachers that you see and hear creating "happy" classrooms!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Number Sense and Numbers

We have been working so hard this year to develop number sense!

What do we do?

We use dot pictures to tell what we see!  Most of the time, they are hidden around the room and we search for them!
We have to tell what we see or count the dots and find a match.  So many can now tell by saying, "I see two and two so I know there are four." Oh yeah!

We used dice to play many games!  

 We rolled a dice and hopped to the number!  It was fun to see if the students had to count the dots or subitized!

When we played letter games, we compared our winning spots to decide who has more or less!

We used a NUMBER PATH to count and search for totals from story problems!

We are working on connecting the dots we see to the number that represents those dots and "wrapping" presents for Christmas!  Click on present to get the free game!

It is so much fun to see the learning that is happening!  Kindergarten is the BEST!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving Celebration!

We had so much fun learning and working today!  

Beginning Sound Focus!

We used the Turkey Wheel of Fun to find beginning sounds.  We had to turn the light off to see the turkey!
Here is what it look like!
We tried to lay on the floor to color but it is hard so we traded positions if we became too tired!  Remember laying down to draw and write will build upper body strength!  Info about building better writers CLICK HERE! The OT happened to walk in as we were coloring! Yeah!  She thinks we are great!


We practice singing our Pilgrim song!  It helped us learn so many facts!  We also tried to use sign language!  
Boy, that is a lot to remember!

Making Native American Toys!

Stick, yarn, paper, and pipe cleaners!

We drew a Native American "word" on the front and back! (That one says friend!)

Then had to practice getting the circle pipe cleaner onto a horn!
Great eye hand coordination practice!

Search the Room!

We even looked for turkeys hidden around the room to practice counting sets!
What a fun, educational day!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Happy Birthday!

Birthday are so special to Kindergarten students! So we celebrate in a fun way!
The students decorate a "Birthday Crown," cut it out, paste it to a sentence strip, and participate in a poem!

Echo Poem (Teacher models poem and students repeat)

Teacher: ________ had a birthday.
Students: ________ had a birthday.

T:_______ had a cake. (touch fingertips together in circle)
S:_______ had a cake. 

T: ________'s  mother mixed it. (pretend to mix cake)
S: ________'s  mother mixed it.

T: and ________ watched it bake. (pretend to slide cake into over)
S: and ________ watched it bake.

T: icing on the top (spread icing over, palm down)
S: icing on the top

T: icing in between (palm up. spread icing)
S: icing in between

T: It was the finest cake you have ever seen. (point with pointer finger)
S:  It was the finest cake you have ever seen.

T; Candles on the cake. (hold up fingers for age of child...students hold up that number of sure to comment in different ways to make the number... 3&3....4&2....5&1)
S: Candles on the cake.

T: Count them now with me (touch each finger to nose to count)
S: Count them now with me.

T: How many candles on ____'s cake?
S: (state number, usually 6 in K)

T: How old is _______?
S:  (state age again)

T: How many time do I get to pull ______'s ears?
S:  (state age again)

Pull ears!

Be sure to count aloud as pull ears and ADD one to grow on! (I pull a bunch if times)

This is such a special, fun time in the classroom.  It also provides a great opportunity to observe the students that can repeat, count, and focus!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Rhyming Practice

We have been working so hard to practice rhyming!  Here are the rhyming read aloud stories we love to read. We have been playing many games that the students love!

Rhyming Memory is THE favorite game!

We turn over about 18 matching cards in an array!

Students turn over 2 pictures at a time and state the picture names.  All students must say both name together and say if they rhyme or not!

If they don't rhyme, it is the next learner's turn.

If the 2 pictures rhyme, that learner goes again and searches for another rhyme.

They get so excited when a friend gets a rhyme,  It is so fun to watch!

Rhyming Smack!

 The students have 3 focus pictures, 
fan, bear, bug.

Another picture is turned over and the students must smack the focus picture that rhymes.

Both students smacked bug when the mug picture was turned over in the game.

We had a beautiful day so we went outside and used fly swatters to smack the rhyme!  Since we were outside, we got to yell the rhyme!!!

 Rhyming Sort

The three focus pictures are placed at the top of the table. A learner picks a cards from the pile and places it under the focus word that rhymes.

As we play, we often say all the words together to help develop the ability to add a rhyme word...the students crack up if a silly word is said.

Rhyming Dominoes

All the cards are divided between the players.  GO is placed first and the learner says the picture beside go (bat).  All the learners say words that rhyme (hat, pat, fat, mat)

Each learner looks for a rhyme.  The matched is placed and we start again.  They are always amazed at the path they create.

A Fun Assessment or Practice