Thursday, November 22, 2012

Need a fun math game?

Hello everyone! I hope you have time to relax and enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends! I will be with my family on Thursday and my hubby is in charge of cooking the bird! Yum...can't wait for all of the goodies!

 I really hope you are not tired of me sharing Pinterest inspired ideas...I mean really...I just think it's so cool that everyone shares their stuff and we can all benefit.  Plus, I think if I find a cool idea and share it, you may be able to use it as well. I saw this "filler-up five" idea and loved it!
The goal is to roll a die and fill each container with 5 "gems." 

I could not find the deviled egg trays, so I substituted these relish trays and they worked great. I put 30 "gems" in the middle. Each tray has six partitions to fill. It goes pretty quickly, so I can see where the egg trays would be good. But it's great practice for grouping by 5's. 

Thanks for checking in and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Time to "Binderize!"

If there's such a word as "binderize" I am doing it! I've seen several blog posts about using binders and there's a lot great info out there about using binders for planning, student data, etc. If you want to get started, you can read this post from Once Upon A First Grade.. I decided at the beginning of the school year to take one month at a time (so it's not so overwhelming) and put all of the items I use for that month into a binder. I started with September and have completed October. I collect the items as I use them and then put on the finishing touches at the end of the month.
I put all of our center activities, art projects, etc. into page protectors and put them into the binder.
 October binder
September binder
This process has helped me weed out duplicates and items I no longer use or need. I am hoping to have a full set of organized binders by the end of the school year!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Another writing center idea....from Pinterest!

Yes, I have yet another Pinterest inspired writing center idea. (Makes me wonder what I did before Pinterest!!!)
I have this cute desk I found at a garage sale for ONE DOLLAR! I've been using it as a little writing area for one student to use at a time....kind of a special place just to go and create. I photo copied each child's photo onto a piece of paper and made a name card for each child. The goal is to have children practice writing their friends' names, while using the handwriting lines, one upper case letter, etc... (I blurred out the names in the photo for privacy.)
Here's a view of the writer's side of the desk. As you can see, it's getting put to good use! Just another fun way to motivate young writers. : ) Thanks for checking in and have a super day!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Class Journals

We've been working hard to become good writers! Next week I am introducing these journals into my writing center. I saw this idea on pinterest (where else??? ha!) and thought it was great! The idea is to have themed notebooks for students write in. I decided to make my own books using a bunch of paper that was donated to our school....the paper is 8.5 x 10, so it can't be used in the photo copier. I made some cute covers using clip art and put them in a basket.
I tried to pick themes that would motivate the children to share their stories, so I chose "Sports," "My Vacation," "Happy Birthday," and "My Tooth Story."
I used the book binder at school to complete the books. I can't wait to read some of the stories the class will share! Thanks for checking in and have a great day!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Wrapping Up October

It's hard to believe we've come to the end of another month! A former co-worker and I used to laugh about this all of the time"...down with Halloween, up with Thanksgiving!" Seems one month ends and another begins before we know it.  We finished the month with some beginning sound activities:

Instead of Halloween, we celebrated Fall with "Drop the Pumpkin." I've been playing this game since my student teaching days....but every year it's a hit! Just make a pumpkin (can be adapted for any holiday by changing the shape and colors) with one green side and one orange side. Drop the pumpkin. The children color a pumpkin on their paper to match the side that landed face up. Continue until all of the pumpkins are colored and see which color "won." Simple. Easy. Non-competitive. Love it.

We read 10 Timid Ghosts ordered ghosts from 1-10. This was a freebie I found last year...

Love the patterning on this one!

Friday afternoon we painted turkeys to decorate our room for November.

Thanks for checking in on my little corner of the kindergarten world and have a great day!