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Friday, December 14, 2012

Prayers for Connecticut

My heart goes out to all who are affected by the loss of all the teachers and sweet babies in Connecticut. My mind cannot even fathom what is going on right now.... those poor children and teachers....

<3 Praying <3

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Update!!!

Hey friends! I miss blogging so much.... But I HAD to share some of the adorable Christmas stuff we have been doing the past few weeks before we are all on break! =)

First off... Here is one of the few good pics I have of my sisters and I... with sweet baby Sonorah! (Who am I kidding...? She's already a little lady! This chick is walking people!!! What happened to my sweet girl who would lay in my arms for hours on end? Yup... no more! She's an independent woman! Only kidding folks...) =)
This was on Thanksgiving, right after we ate before we went to see Breaking Dawn, pt. 2 (AMAAAAZING!!!!)


I've had a great start to December... every December 1st, I break out THIS baby....


Then one of my besties was an elf in the local Christmas parade.... and her parents were.... THE Santa and Mrs. Claus... needless to say- I was pretty psyched... I ran up screaming "SANTA!!! I know him! I know him!!!" (Anyone else obsessed with Elf????...)
Lisa and I before the parade

Here is the whole family dressed up--- please note how adorable Lisa's daughter is... =)


After the parade, we attempted to walk down to the river and see the Christmas lights... should have known better b/c we did not even step foot in the first light tunnel before we were stopped and a line formed to get pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. It was so adorable!!!!
Lisa's mom is killin me in this one! =)
Dec. 1st was a blast! Here are a few other Christmas fun pictures....


My mom's big, beautiful tree- I put everything up except the lights and ribbon... =)
My cute little tree at my house!

My house with Christmas lights on it! (and I did it by myself! Single girl- WINS!) =)

I'm obsessed with Christmas... can you tell????
OKay- now onto the more interesting stuff!!!!
Here are some pictures of my classroom all "Christmas-fied!"

When the kids are working nicely, we turn the lights off and enjoy the Christmas lights! They love it!



One of my kinders made those snowflakes and colored them at home and brought them in for me! I loved them so much I had to hang them on the window! Now we have window decor all through the winter! You should have seen his face when he walked in the next day and saw them! Priceless! =)

Our cute little tree!

And here are the kids beautiful work!
We have been working on measurement standards: describing and comparing measurements...




And here are my sweeties working hard on their measurement trees!!! I even let them use the bottled glue and they did an AMAZING job... I had one little guy even make up "Just a dot! Not a lot!" I was so proud... =)




And now some Christmas pictures from the past that I thought you might like to see! =)

This was from my 2nd year of teaching (2 years ago)... the wrote about what they wanted for Christmas on the ornament shaped paper, and then they got to decorate a tree as a craft that Friday. Then we put them together to make a "quilt". I think I would have had them find a picture of what they wanted for Christmas and glue it under the tree to make it more relevant to their writing!

These were crafts we did during our Holidays around the World my 2nd year of teaching.... so cute! (We had not done Kwanzaa yet! I don't think I got a picture of it, sadly!)

The awesome Gingerbread comparison chart I made - I can't remember who's original idea it was... it's been floating around on pinterest though! This was NOT my original idea! =)

This was a cute way to retell--- I had sentence strips with the name and picture of each character from the story and the kids would help me retell by holding that sentence strip up as we read!

An adorable word work center found on makinglearningfun.com (look under gingerbread theme!)

This was a pocket chart center we had made. The kids would read "Jingle Bells" on the chart and help to put the words back in order in the pocket chart.



Thanks for being so patient with me and sticking around! I appreciate all my new followers recently! I promise I will share some stuff when I do some really AMAZING new stuff! But for now... I'm just stealing all ya'lls ideas! =) hehehe Love my blogging buddies!

I'm sure I'll post some more during break b/c not only do I have 2 weeks off from school, but my masters as well! HOOORAY! =) Freedom! 

It's so close I can taste it!
Alright- I need to get to bed. 
(Oh, in case you're wondering why I am posting at 2 am on a school night- it's b/c my internal clock is messed up from having strep for 5 days.... It literally hit me like a brick on Saturday night out of no where! I'm talking -couldn't swallow, headache, ears hurt, light headed, running a fever of 102... and NO meds. My strep test came up negative on Monday... so I went to another doc on Tuesday afternoon and that one came up positive. So I started taking meds Tuesday night and woke up feeling amazing Wednesday! So I can't wait to see my little friends in 5 hours! =) Alright, I'm off for real now!

Hope to find ya'll doing wonderful and feeling blessed this holiday season!!!!!

Love,

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Gingerbread Plans

Hey all-Here is my post from last year on what I did for writing during our Gingerbread week! =)

Day 1: (Today) I baked some gingerbread cookies and brought in icing and sprinkles for the kids to decorate. I knew this would be chaotic with the whole class, so I put my kiddos in "Gingerbread Stations" this afternoon. (They were SOOOO excited when they walked in from specials. I told them it was a surprise and I gave them little hints throughout the day as to what it was! When I put on my Gingerbread apron... I think that gave most of them a good idea of what was going to happen.)

So here are the stations I used:
STATION 1: Number order puzzle
Mixed up gingerbread picture that they have to cut out and put the numbers in order to make the picture correctly. (I found this at http://kindergartenmonkeybusiness.blogspot.com as a FREE download!)


 STATION 2: Coloring
 just printed off some cute clipart I found online for the kids to color. I made the mistake of letting them use my markers... not even THINKING to remind them to put the caps back on. I am so glad I noticed before I went home today otherwise I would have had NO markers left to use for myself. (I LOVE that Gingerbread clipart!)

How cute is this gingerbread house coloring page?!


 STATION 3: Decorate a paper gingerbread man

I am a VERY crafty person (ONLY when it comes to kids) and I'm not afraid of using glitter and such with them. I showed them how to use a pinch of glitter INSTEAD of pouring it all over their paper. I still had a few who didn't listen... but whatevs! My floor gets vacuumed every night, sooo it's all good! =) They had a blast doing it too! I found the template HERE.



 STATION 4: Cookie decorating
Here is the cookie decorating station!

I made one... you know... for "an example"... haha (or just b/c I WANTED to!) 


 STATION 5: Computers


I came across this website through another teacher blog and was so excited b/c it has several different Gingerbread games for the kids to play... so no "I'm done" in the middle of decorating cookies! =) The website is: http://www.lindaslearninglinks.com/gingerbreadmansites.html

I also had other ideas that I did not use...

*Read Gingerbread books
*Use playdoh and Gingerbread cookie cutters
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So that's all I got done today for writing! OH! And I took a picture of each student with their cookie to use for Wednesday.

Day 2: (Tomorrow) We are going to review the 5 senses and talk about how the cookies looked/tasted/smelled/and felt. I will record their responses on a web (sorry- forgot to take a picture tonight! I'll try to remember tomorrow.)

Day 3: The kids are going to receive their own graphic web to choose 3-4 adjectives to write about their own cookie. (I'll let them use our web created as a class AND to look at their pictures so they remember what their cookie looked like.

Day 4: The kids will put their web into writing... My gingerbread cookie is ______. My gingerbread cookie has ______. etc.

And I created this adorable paper for their "Final copies"! ENJOY!

Day 5: Edit/revise as needed.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

MPM School Supplies

Hey all!!! I apologize for my leave of absence in the blogging world! I have been working so hard on my masters and teaching my heart out to my students, that I have literally had no energy when I finally have a minute to myself. All I want to do is go to bed at the end of the day. (Which I am sure most, if not all, feel the same! So I don't know how ya'll do it! =)

But I promise, one of these days I'll be back with some great stuff to share! =)

For now, I'm back for a quick post to share this WONDERFUL website I just ordered some construction paper for my classroom from. It's called http://www.mpmschoolsupplies.com/
Just click the link and it'll take you there!

If you like what you see, they are offering 10% off your first 10 orders by clicking this link: http://www.mpmschoolsupplies.com/redeem/S1210UIMCJPWZ

It was SO easy to find what I was looking for! I just typed what I wanted in the search bar and WAAA-LAH! Several options to choose from. I was very happy to see the variety of brands and prices they offered as well. I went with my usual brand of construction paper and checking out was a breeze!
I literally got the box on my doorstep just a few days later and everything was intact and great quality! I would definitely recommend this website for any teacher friends, or anyone looking to buy anything educational!

So what are you waiting for? Go on and check them out! =)

Have a wonderful weekend!

With lots of love,

Thursday, November 8, 2012

I'm alive!!!

Hey all! I just HAD to take a quick minute to share this hilarious video that was shared at our last in-service that i KNOW you will all enjoy! I think as teachers, we have all felt this frustration from time to time... I literally could not breathe when watching this the first time because I was laughing so hard!!! Put on your diaper b/c this is a good one!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thank you!!!

This goes out to all you fabulous teachers out there who are trying to make a difference! =)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Number 1-10 Journal Pages

I wanted to share something that I created for my kindergartners because they are having a lot of trouble with identifying and counting numbers 0-10. We have been working on them for a month and are going to continue at our school! We explained to our administration that we understand how important it is for the kids to really know their numbers in Kindergarten b/c 1st grade and on don't have time to re-teach it any more b/c of common core. So we are re-teaching every week until the kids have got it! So i created these little journal pages and posted them on TPT to help my kiddos. So if you think you could use them in your classroom, take a look! 


Monday, September 10, 2012

Alphabet Centers & # 0-10 math centers

Hello friends!!! I am truly missing out on keeping this blog updated- but I am so physically exhausted when I get home, and after catching a stomach bug floating around our school over the weekend- I am so drained! I'm really trying to get better at posting more this year-  I promise!

I finally figured out what to put in this awesome shelf I was given this year! I put all my ABC centers in it! =) 
In the tubs you can see:
Letter building mats and blocks (lowercase AND uppercase)
ABC wikki stix mats
ABC tracing mats 
letter magnets with chicka chicka boom boom mat (for retelling)
uppercase/lowercase matching puzzle
letter/sound matching puzzles
beginning sound matching puzzles 
magnetic letter matching mats
ABC playdoh mats (from lyonsdenresources.com- Andy Lyons actually taught K in my school district! He's a principal here now! So cool!) 
I wish I had 2 more shelves like this for math manipulatives and a word work center! =)

Now moving onto math... this is our stations from LAST week! I've kept a few of them the same this week (so I'll try to take pictures tomorrow of the new ones!)
I haven't started using recording sheets yet- we are still practicing the routines and working quietly during center time. I think I'll start introducing them next week!
matching numbers to quantity mats

touch math puzzles

playdoh center 

counting center

I love the beads- found them at Joann's if you are interested!

The whole center- I have number word ones too for my kids who are ready.

 number/ number word tracing center


While I was working in small groups today, I discovered some of my kids are having such a hard time counting objects to 10. So I have to stick with identifying numbers with them for now. It's so different for us to teach numbers this early on... normally we haven't taught numbers until later in the year.... so the kids are getting their numbers and letters mixed up. So I'm going to have to work on that too! Common Core has been great b/c I feel it's easier to figure out what specific skills my students are struggling with!

Anyone else have any great number/counting activities I can do with my kinders??? I'd appreciate any ideas!

Until next time...
OH! And check out my awesome Bear Buck pocket chart I made! They kids earn bear bucks for good choices! =) Then they can spend the bear bucks on rewards!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Busy bees!

Hey all! I'm so sad... I was at school until 6:30 on Friday getting stations ready and forgot to take pictures before I left! So I hope I can remember to on Monday! =)
But for now... I have a few pictures of some Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees we made during small groups this past week! I got the idea from Deanna Jump and Jennifer Tilton. They turned out so cute! Now keep in mind... I let my kiddos make them, without any of my "input"as to where to put the leaves and such. I like to see them making choices as to where to place the leaves and stickers. =) It makes them more unique! I just helped them when it came to taking the back off their stickers. And I also highlighted most of my kid's names to trace b/c all but 5 kids can actually write them currently.... so we have our work cut out for us! (It just gives us lots of room to grow!)
Here are a few pics...
Our beautiful hallway display!

Standard #1
Standard #2

After we finished our trees.... I held each one up and we counted the letters in each students name and graphed them on the document reader! =)

 Here are a few close-ups!!!





I'm so sorry for my lack of posting! The kids and I are finally starting to settle in with the routines and rules... so hopefully I'll get more time to take pictures throughout the day! But until then.... Thanks for following! =) 

Have a wonderful 3 day weekend!!!