Friday, September 18, 2015

All About Me & Letters

This week we learned about the letter Pp and the letter Uu. We also worked on learning and writing our names as well as sorting shapes. I introduce our letter of the day with Deanna Jump's Chit-Chat Message and these Letter Picture Cards

At my guided reading table we worked on creating the letters Pp and Uu using play-doh while making the /p/ and short /u/ sound.
The children made a /p/, /p/ penguin hat on Monday for the letter Pp and an /u/, /u/ umbrella hat for the letter Uu on Wednesday. They liked wearing their hats.

 Students decorate their name puzzle, cut it apart and practice reading their name as they put their puzzle back together.

We created our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Name Tree this week. I always love how these turn out.

I started using Math Guiding Kinders this year. We are working on sorting.

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Monster Who Came to School

 On Friday we had our first full day with all of the kinders. I am glad we have a staggered entry so that it's not so overwhelming for the students. We read The Day the Monster Came to School and worked on class expectations.

 We read a beginning reader at my guided reading table.

 At the math table students used a spinner to graph.

Students also created their own monster.

You can find these monster activities here

Monday, September 7, 2015

Back to School with the Gingerbread Man

 I never thought going back to work after a year maternity leave would be so difficult. I have to admit. I cried myself to sleep the night before I went back to work for our first professional development day. I never thought I would be one of those emotional moms but my baby girl gets to me. The first morning I was trying to get ready to go to work my baby girl kept wrapping herself around my legs.

We started school this past Thursday. I am teaching kindergarten and grade two this year. Tuesdays and Thursdays are my days to teach grade two. I am lucky to have a fabulous grade two teaching partner that teaches the class Mondays, Wednesdays & Friday while I am teaching kindergarten. Since my teaching partner has been teaching grade two for many years she is an expert and had everything set up for our second graders Thursday.

Isn't this classroom bright, fun and inviting? My teaching partner set up the classroom. She has always had such a fun classroom.

 I love how organized and fun this classroom is. If you were a student wouldn't you love to learn in a classroom like this?
 My teaching partner introduced a fun get to know you skittles game to the class. Each student got to pick two skittles and for each colour there was a different question for them to ask. For example, if a student picked a red skittle then they could tell us their favourite food. The students really seemed to like it.
 This is my "I survived the 1st day of school" face! No matter how long you've been teaching I feel like there's always a reason to celebrate a successful 1st day of school.

Now, on to meeting my kinders on Friday. I had my parents fill out this student information form which you can find in the Let's Get Meet the Parents Ready.

We are so lucky that we have staggered entry for our kinders. This Friday I only had 12 of my kinders and this Wednesday I will have the other 10 kinders come for their first day.

After coming in the classroom and playing with play-doh, we start our morning by making & baking gingerbread man cookies. 

We then go back to the classroom to read The Gingerbread Man. While reading The Gingerbread Man a letter falls out from the gingerbread man. The letter states that we can't catch the gingerbread man.

After reading the letter we then had to go search for our gingerbread men. We searched the gym, library, playground, music room and the office. We finally found our gingerbread man cookies in the principal's office.

 On Friday students drew a self portrait.
 Students also created a gingerbread man hat.
 We had fun creating a gingerbread man craft.
 We ended our day taking a photo for their first day of kindergarten.
All of the first day of school gingerbread man activities can be found here

Friday, August 28, 2015

Ready Confetti

Thank you Pinterest again! I found this adorable and amazing Ready Confetti idea over at First Grader at Last thanks to Sarah.
These were super easy to print and prep.

I put a little bit of confetti in a clear small jewelry bag and taped it in the inside.

I folded the Ready Confetti poem and placed it in the "Do Not Open" sheet.
I used a hole punch & ribbon to keep the poem in place and add a touch of cuteness. :)
I absolutely love this! I just found out our meet the teacher night got cancelled so now I have to find out my parents' addresses so I can mail these to my soon-to-be kinders before the first day of school on Thursday.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Fruit Trend Train...Choo Choo

Everyone is talking back to school but I am trying to drag out this summer as long as I can, especially since I have to return back to work at the end of the month. Our kiddos have their first day of school on September 3rd. I just can't get off this summer's fruit train trend. Last time I brought you the pineapples but today it's all about watermelon. 
 I heard this is a super cute book and I plan 
on finding it and reading it to my kiddos this year.
 How awesome are these watermelon counting mats? What's even better is that they are FREE. Head over to Modern Preschool and check them out. I found these via Pinterest.
 Wear a watermelon bikini?! Umm... yes please!
 I am totally the mom that uses any excuse to have a theme "party" and have all the babies over for play dates. I heart <3 this watermelon decor.
 This is such a cute DIY watermelon tote. 
If you want all the details on these just head 
over to my Pinterest board to check them out.

If you are looking for a teacher planner/ lesson planner that will save you time and money then you don't have to look any further. It's all right here! If there is something that you would like added to this planner all you have to do is let me know and I will do my best to create it for you.

I really like this watermelon print. I am a big fan of fun and bright colored paper.
This planner includes: cover page, info. page, events page, holidays & special dates page(s) that include American & Canadian holidays, birthday lists page(s), a glimpse at the year page(s) for long year planning, email list, transportation list, schedule sheet, monthly overview page(s), weekly meal plan sheets, make a note of it sheet, lesson plan pages, guided reading recording sheets, guided math recording sheets, writer's workshop recording sheets, checklist pages, notes page(s), spine covers.


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