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Friday, April 7, 2017

Spring Time is Planting Time

We are kicking off April with a Plant unit. I love this time of year. The kinders are so excited to be at school and are maturing right before my eyes! I especially love how they are growing into such independent learners. Speaking of growing, have you read the folktale "Tops and Bottoms" by Janet Stevens?

I'll be reading "Tops and Bottoms" by Janet Steven. 
I use Deanna Jump & DeeDee Wills' Guided Reader lessons to integrate kindergarten skills using this Folktale. Their 5 day plan goes over key ideas and details, craft and structure, as well as integration of knowledge and ideas.  If you are looking for a way to do more than just read a story to your class then click the picture to check these guided reading lessons out!

 Guided Readers

Riddle Time

I thought it would be fun to create a slide show of Vegetable Riddles and Garden Giggles to help with our vocabulary. It is themed to go along with our mentor text "Tops and Bottoms".I just uploaded it today to TpT. Click on the picture to check it out in my store.


Another favorite thing I like to do with the kinders in my class is plant Grass Heads. All you need are knee highs, soil, quick-grow grass seed and clear plastic punch cups or bowls. I like to add wiggly eyes after school to surprise the kids.  This is a picture of one of my former students giving his Grass Head a trim before taking it home!

Sensory Center

My centers will definitely include a sensory bin. I just happened to have a bag full of little plastic fruits and vegetables so I whipped up a sorting mat to add to the sensory bin. Mr. Greg at Kindergarten Smorgasboard and Marsha McGuire at Differentiated Kindergarten have awesome carrot themed centers that I will also add to the bin through out our Plant unit.


I love poetry and my all time favorite resources are DeeDee Wills' Poetry Stations and Shared Reading. These are poems on steroids! There are 5 days of activities to teach a wide variety of kindergarten reading skills like; craft and structure, phonics skills, print concepts, and fluency. This week we are doing "Plant Song". The words are piggy-backed onto "The Wheels on the Bus". The kinders love the catchy tune and the words teach plant vocabulary in a fun and memorable way.
Well that's all for now. 
Check back later when our chick eggs arrive! 


Thursday, March 16, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day Emergent Reader

‘Tis a lucky time of year when St. Patrick’s Day comes around. To help you make this a magical time in your classroom I created a St. Patrick’s Day emergent reader that is packed full of high frequency words and vocabulary. It also has follow along touch dots to aid in tracking left to right. Just click on the title to find “We Can Find His Pot of Gold” on TpT.

Tis A Lucky Set of Word Families

While you are visiting my store, check out my St. Patrick's themed set of Word Families. “Tis a Lucky Set of Word Families” provides virtually every CVC word possible! The BEST part is all of the cards have been designed to be used with pool noodles without cutting off any of the graphics! The special tabs are color coded by vowels which makes it easy to quickly organize the specific skill you want your students to work on.

The onset letters are printed on shamrocks. There are additional slides with multiples of the same letters for ease in copying.

The ending rhymes are printed on gold coins and include
the following word families:
ab, ag, an, ap, at, eb, ed, eg, en, et, ib, id, ig, im, in, ip, it, ix, ob, og, on, op, ot, ox, ub, ug, un, up
You can print multiples of the coin pages to offer more choices to the students.

Finally there are 26 rhyming pairs of CVC pictures. These pictures can be used in a sensory bin or pot to pull out and match. They can also be used with the shamrocks and gold coin cards to help students think of words to create as well as match words to pictures.

All together there are 21 slides of onset letters, ending rhymes, and rhyming pictures. Just print on cardstock, cut apart and laminate for durability.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog. If you are planning to share some Lucky Charms with your kiddos on St. Patrick's Day then here's a FREEBIE just for you! It's a sorting mat and graphing page for those yummy Lucky Charms marshmallows.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Presidents' Day and a FREEBIE or two!

I love teaching the kindergartners about our Founding Fathers. Each year we learn to sing all of the presidents' names to the tune of Yankee Doodle. I have been doing this for 28 years so every four years or so I have to update the bookmark I give to the kinders so they can practice their song at home. There is a link at the end of this post where you can download the bookmark. I created a slide to put on the Smart board for kinders to follow along with when we sing the song in class. Click on the caption below the picture to get your free copy!

In addition to reading some terrific books about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln I created some literacy and math centers to help the kinders practice their letters, sounds, spelling CVC and CVCe words as well as counting.
Here's a preview of the President's Day Super Centers that I have listed in my TpT store:

I found some star shaped mini erasers at Target back in July and decided to use them in the President's Day Super Centers. For fine motor strengthening I picked up some Theraputty off of Amazon. I plan to use it each month by just switching out the small objects that I place inside of each tub of putty. I placed several erasers in each tub and supplied a graphing mat for the kinders to find and graph all of the erasers. This one has been a huge hit with everyone!

I used a Sharpie pen to label 36 star shaped mini erasers to go along with the CVC mats. I placed these in a tub of rice and supplied some Joyce Chen chop sticks to pick out the erasers. If you can't find the mini erasers then you can always use the star cards that are included with President's Day Super Centers.

Write the Room is always a favorite with the kinders. They love looking around for the cards. I have included recording sheets for counting objects, ten frames 0-10 and 10-20.

There are also differentiated CVC and CVCe Write the Room cards and recording sheets. Here are a few samples of what you will find in the President's Day Super Centers.

You get 41 pages of great centers to use for President's Day! You just print, laminate and go! But...before you go check out another fine motor FREEBIE!
 This is my Star Studded President's Day Pokey Pin packet. All you need are some push pins, pink erasers for storing your push pins and the copies of the President's Day Pokey Pin pages. You can have the students work on your carpet or supply them with fun foam pieces to work on. I typically dull down the push pins on the concrete to make them a bit safer. :) 

Click on the words to access the President's Day Bookmark FREEBIE