Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sensory ideas....on a small scale

Hello! Happy October! I put together two small sensory bins for my October centers. I was inspired by this post on Differentiated Kindergarten. Needles to say, if you've read my blog, you know I have a very small classroom. I wanted to find a way to incorporate sensory bins without moving in another big piece of furniture. I am using 2 small bins; the first one is a  plastic shoe box style with rice:

There are small Halloween pictures in the rice. When the children find them, they cross them off of a laminated chart. 

The other one is a pasta filled, orange plastic bin:
Wow! I have to was so much making this colored pasta!! I love the Halloween colors and I have to credit Differentiated Kindergarten again for this idea. (I used neon food coloring for the purple and green...didn't have to mix anything for that. I used red and yellow to make the orange pasta.) If  you've never colored pasta...give it a try! Just put a few drops of food coloring in a zip lock along with a few drops of rubbing alcohol. I never's not an exact science! Put in uncooked pasta and squish the bag until all of the noodles are colored. Spread them out to won't take long. I put rhyming pictures in this bin. 
Here are both of the bins can see they are small! I am also opening the playdough center this month....more sensory fun there!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Superkids ideas...

Hi! This is our first year using the Superkids reading program by Rowland Reading. I love it! I really feel like I am teaching my kiddos the skills they need to become successful readers. I thought I'd share just a couple of things I've done to accompany the program. Let me say, this program is very structured and there is not much wiggle room! But I do still like to use literacy centers and have adapted activities to correlate with Superkids. For example, we've been working with Alf, and the sound of short we learned a lot about apples the same week.

The children labeled the parts of an apple in their journals. We also practiced capital and lowercase letter recognition by coloring capital letters green and lowercase letters green. I used just the letters we have covered so far: c, o, g, and a.

The children also practiced writing the letters we've learned by spinning a paperclip, then writing the letter it lands on.

This week we worked on reading words using the letter sound the children have learned. They used this activity to practice:

The children cut out the letters at the bottom of the page and use them to build and read the words in the box.

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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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