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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Best Time of the Year!

This is the best time of the year in kindergarten!  We are becoming fun, engaged learners!  We have learned all sounds and letters and are now starting to put it all together to read, write and be amazed at all we know!
 I created an easy reader, emergent book to focus on the word here that we had been practicing with movement!  It is one of the crazy, dizzy words that has to be spelled because we can NOT stretch or sound it out in kindergarten.  Check out our marching video to practice!
  The learners were so surprised that it was easy for them to read this book!  They were so proud!
After reading the book, we focused on cutting apart a sentence form the book (BOY are we proud at how well we cut)
and putting it back together.  It's such a great activity to focus on all the things we know about print.  (Beginning sentence begins with a capital letter, ends with punctuation, spaces are between words, words begin with specific letters, the words need to go in an order to make sense)
   Then we illustrated the sentence!  
So proud that it actually looks like something when we draw!  Shapes do help with that!  We can also add details to help tell the story of the sentence!  Do you see the volcano?
 We practice looking for dinosaur words in the rice table!  We are searching for dinos!
 We write them on a sorting sheet so we can take it home and share with our families!
We can also choose to sort them on a sheet of words to spell or words to stretch!
 Love this time of year!  What do you like best?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Presidents' Day

We had a great time learning about Abraham Lincoln today!  We watched a free Brainpop Jr. video!  Check it out!

Then we used Lincoln Logs to build a log cabin like the one that Abe built with his family!  Check out the student that recorded his own message to go with his building!
 So Fun!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Reading CvC Words with Puzzles

We have finished working with segmenting and have moved onto blending the words...making the sounds we can read words!

What's an easy, fun way to make that happen?

Use self-checking puzzles!  Blend the sounds together, make them touch so you can read the words.  Find the picture that matches.  If the puzzle pieces match, you did it correctly and you win the prize!

What prize you ask?

You get to write the word on the paper!  So exciting for kindergarten!
The students then take the paper home to share with parents!
What do you do to practice reading cvc words!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Tieks Give Away

I splurged and purchased a pair of Tieks because teachers across the country were talking about how stylish and comfortable these shoes are...and my feet hurt so after teaching K all day!!!

Check out the cute box!  Well!! You can win a pair! I teamed up with some amazing teacher-authors to show one lucky teacher LOTS of love! Enter the rafflecopter below!!!  Good luck!

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Dinosaur Research Schema!

We have been starting our study of dinosaurs!  We worked on a schema chart to help guide the instruction.  It sounded something like this:
"For the next few weeks, we are going to be learning about dinosaurs.  Before we start I want to find out what schema you may already have about dinosaurs.  Who would like to share?"

As the students share, I write the ideas on a post it note of all the same color.  I have to be very careful not to respond even if it is incorrect!  So HARD!!!  One of the students this year actually said, "Dinosaurs eat people" and there was no correction from any student!  Many of the students had nothing to share this year so it will be a learning experience!  

Then we read  books borrowed from the library all about dinosaurs.  I also show the students how to log into Epic and find books that can be read to them along with the more difficult books that they need to look at the pictures and tell themselves a story!  Epic is free for educators in US and Canada! Click to sign up for Epic.

Then we add information we learned from the book(Epic) onto a different colored post it.  We move misunderstandings away from the new learning and our schema as we discover it!

You can see we are still working on our chart!  How do you do schema charts or KWL's?

Monday, February 6, 2017

TpT Sale Giveaway!

Enter to win a chance to win 1 of 5 TpT gift Cards and free prizes!  Good Luck!

However, you better HURRY. This giveaway only runs for 24 hours. It started Sunday at midnight Eastern Time and will end, tomorrow. So go on. Fill out the Rafflecopter!
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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Valentine's Day All Month Long!

Love from this Blog Hop and February!! A month about all things hearts! and Valentine's Day!

It starts with streamers on the door to welcome the new month!  

Happy February!

 We love making hearts!  We begin by talking about "line of symmetry' and how it helps makes hearts!  Then we practice cutting folded paper to make hearts!  It makes it extra special to use "paper shapers" scissors!
Some students even tried to cut around the lined heart to make a double heart!  So fun!  The students are so excited and are talking about making their own cards now! 

We love card exchanges!  Yes, we do a card exchange on Valentine's Day!  It is a great way to work on writing names!  I am always amazed at the number of students that want to try and spell the names of friends!

We love math!  We are working on number sense by doing number talks but then we record if the shape is on our heart! 
It really helps with focus when there is a task to do!  We will keep practicing this so the students will be independent on Valentine's Day! Oh Yeah! (I love the hearts on the wings of the birds!)
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We love poems!  We will be practicing reading our February poem!  Then on Valentine's Day each student will write about what they love! Click on picture to get your free, easy poem to celebrate LOVE!
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We love to write words!  We use hearts to segment and blend words! It is a must to help beginning readers work with words!  All students are becoming proficient at reading cvc words in and out of context!
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Conversations from the Classroom!

I posted on the collaborative blog Conversations from the Classroom about number sense!! 
 Hop on over and check it out!

Conversations from the Classroom!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

$100.00 Amazon Gift Card Give Away!

I am a teacher! I have many friends that are teachers!  I teamed up with 19 other teachers to give away $100.00 Amazon Gift card!  Think of all the books you could buy? Click on the picture below to enter!