Friday, September 12, 2014

We're well underway!

Hello! School started Aug. 25...we've hit the ground running! Here are a few pics of my classroom before the first day...

We've been busy learning classroom routines and procedures. I really love our Superkids reading program and will post a little more on that later....

Here's a quick idea for birthday hats I am doing this year.  You just need die cuts (Dollar Tree).... paper strips....
....and a printer....
I printed "Happy Birthday ___" on the balloons, stapled strips of paper to each side, and presto! Birthday hat complete!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Quick and Easy Shelf Covering

Hello! The first day of school is less than a week away! I often put curtains on the shelves in my room to cover items for storage. I tell the children that anything behind the curtain is not usable right now, but will be rotated out over the next few months. Here is a quick and easy curtain I made using a Dollar Tree table cloth.
When I bought it, I thought the whole things was polka dotted...turns our that's just a border and the center is white...but that's ok, it still looks cute.  I used a tension rod on the shelf and set it to the correct size. Then I stapled a rod pocket and slid the rod through. Once I had that done, I measured the length from the shelf to the floor and cut off the extra. (I kept the width the same, because it was perfect.) Pretty quick and easy and pleasing to the eye...rather than a shelf full of stuff. ; )

I made new labels for my math shelf...needed them desperately.  The top empty space will be for math centers...once I get them sorted and ready.

Lastly, here is my birthday display...hanging above my calendar area. I explained how I printed the months on the cupcakes here.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Intro to Superkids

We are  using the Superkids Reading Series by Rowland Reading for the first time this year.  I organized my focus wall today.
 I have all of the consonants to the right of my smart board.
On the left, I have the vowels, the Superkids poster, and the "Superkid of the Week." Our first unit will focus on Cass and the /c/ sound. 

I am still going to have my word wall, but moved it to a different spot in my room. The letters that came with the series are quite large and I don't have enough space to words with them.

I haven't found a lot of visuals online for the Superkids materials, so I thought I'd share what I'm doing. I've started a Pinterest board also...
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Heading 1

Time to head back and get my classroom ready for a new year.

Progress today: Calendar Corner, class library, and helpers chart.
 (That blank black space is for numbers I still have to laminate...out of laminating film at school.)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Class books

Thought I'd share a few of the class books we wrote this year...

We do an ABC book early in the year...the children each color a letter of the easy one for them to read and sing. (This idea came from Shari Sloane.)

We read the book Mary Wore Her Red Dress... each child created a page based on the pattern of the song.

This one is based on the book Big and Little. Each child wrote a page to complete the sentence: A ___ is big. A ___ is little.

Each child has a turn to take home our Rhyming Bag. One of the activities is to complete a page for our We Can Rhyme book.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014


Isn't this a fun end of the year keepsake? I used festisite to create the word art of all the names in our class. The children water colored over them to make a flower. This is going in the May pocket of our Kindergarten Keepsakes book. We are winding down the year....

We planted morning glories and they have sprouted!
We did a little picture to cover the milk cartons with a morning glory and the verse "To God be the glory!" I thought that might help the children remember the name of the flowers. ; )

Spring has finally arrived in lilies of the valley are in full bloom! Love this little flower!
Thought I'd end with this photo today...a sign of the little guys were working on writing google today during their free time...
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Munchers big, small, and in-between!

Hi! Using "Munchers" in the classroom is not a new idea...I've had mine for several years. Just thought I'd share how I use them and why I have a variety of sizes...

These are my original munchers...large garbage cans originally purchased at Walmart several years ago.

I use these for large/whole group activities to munch the alphabet. Early in the school year we use "Who Let the Letters Out" by Dr. Jean. I pass out alphabet cards around the circle and each child munches his/her letter as we sing it in the song. The bottom picture is another one we use for whole group activities, like munching rhyming words. 

I also have a set of medium munchers. I bought these at the Dollar Tree, a few years ago as well.
As you can see, they are not decorated as elaborately as the bigger munchers. I just cut eyes out of paper and taped them on! But, hey, it works! I use these for small group/partner work. The children can munch word families, color words, or science concepts like living or non living pictures. 

Finally, here's the newest member of my muncher family:
It is more of a "personal muncher" I would say! I glued some large wiggly eyes on with E6000. I plan on having students use this muncher to practice skills like sight words (printed on cookies),  counting tally marks, etc. The possibilities are endless and the munchers make practicing skills fun. ; ) This one is only about 10 or 12 inches tall. It was too cute to pass up at the Dollar Tree the other day! There are a ton of other muncher ideas out there for you to explore! Have fun and thanks for checking in!