Monday, September 29, 2014

Markdown Monday!

It's Monday, which means it's time for another Markdown Monday with Kelly and Kim's Kindergarten Creations! Click {here} to check out the other fabulous products that are marked down this week!
Yesterday, I had a giveaway on my Facebook page for my newest product. Well, for the rest of the week, Let's Make an Apple Pie: Combinations for Numbers to 10 will be on sale for 20% off!
In a real-world situation, students will learn how numbers can be made of different combinations. Students are prompted to make their own recipes for baking apple pie using a given number of apples. With a hands-on approach, students will shake and dump two-colored apple cards to discover what combinations they can use.
I am using this activity during my guided math groups today and can't wait to share how it goes! My students LOVE hands-on learning and I am sure they will love this!
Click {HERE} to snag it on sale all week long!
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Giveaway!

Happy Sunday, everyone! I hope you're all enjoying your last few hours before Monday morning comes knocking! I just created a new product to use during my guided math groups tomorrow! I am so happy that I was able to finish it on this gorgeous Sunday, so I'm giving one away for free!
This pack is called Let's Make an Apple Pie: Combinations for Numbers to 10
This is a great hands-on way to help your students learn different combinations that make numbers 1-10.
Want to win this pack for FREE?! Visit my Facebook page {here} to find out how!
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

International Dot Day!

Happy Saturday! Did you celebrate International Dot Day? We did! On September 15th, we celebrated with lots of dot fun! The Dot is already one of my favorite books, and I'm so happy that I now have a real way to weave it into our year instead of just reading it during bathroom breaks! Yes, I know this post is overdue, but I have been so busy! Since you might want to take part in International Dot Day next year, check out how we celebrated!

First, I introduced Dot Day on our morning message, and we each drew a dot.
Then, we read The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. We talked about the book and how we are all illustrators! I gave each of my kinders a paper with a dot on it and challenged them to create a picture using the dot. I was so impressed with their creativity!
Later on in the day, we created our own dots using different sized paper dots. Can I tell you how long it took me to cut all of these dots?! Let's just say A. Long. Time. But, I loved the outcome, so it was all worth it!
My favorite is the top right.. the snowman! How creative!? 
Of course, we ended our day with some dots candy. 

There are SO many activities that you can do on International Dot Day. There's even a handbook! Go ahead and google it- I promise you will not be sorry!
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Star Stamina Readers!

Wow! I am SO proud of my kinders!! If you have been reading my blog posts for a while now, you know that I gave up on building stamina last year. We tried and tried, but I had more than one barometer child, and I gave up!

Well, this year, I was NOT letting myself give up! I have one barometer child, but he was not standing in my way! After reading the second Daily 5 book and many of my most favorite bloggers' posts about the Daily 5 in kindergarten, we stuck it out and after only 11 days (I had a sub for PD one day, and was NOT giving this sacred job to her), we made it to 10 minutes of reading stamina!

To celebrate, I made these cute Star Stamina Reader necklaces for my class. They were SO incredibly proud of themselves! I have just the sweetest class picture ever of them all wearing their necklaces with huge grins on their faces! I wish I could share it here, but I usually only share student photos when I put a smiley over their face, and you just won't get to see the happiness in the photo if I do that!

But, I will share the photo of the darling necklaces that I gave out!
I'm such a proud teacher and want to share them with you for free! Click {here} to LIKE my Facebook page and grab the necklace file! I hope you can use them to share how proud you are with your students!
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Number Fun!

Hey there! I'm stopping by to share my newest creation with all of you! I have been struggling with finding fun and meaningful ways for my students to practice number identification and number writing. I wasn't all that excited to do things exactly as I did last year, so I needed something fresh to keep me going! Enter… All About Numbers!

So I clearly made this packet out of my own need, but my kiddos are loving it SO much, that I compiled it in a cute bundle and put it on TPT! Here's a sneak peak into All About Numbers 1-10.

My students' number one favorite game from this pack is Bump. There are FIVE versions of Bump in this pack. If you've never played a bump-type game with your students, the game is simple. Each student will begin with a different color of unifix cubes. Player 1 will spin the spinner or roll the dice (I made my own dice with foam cubes from the Dollar Tree, but spinners are included with the pack!) and place one of their cubes on the star with the number they landed on. Now it's Player 2's turn. If Player 2 rolls or spins the same number as Player 1, s/he can choose to stack their unifix cube on top of Player 1's or place it on another star of the same number. Once a player has 2 of their colored unifix cubes on a star, they own that star and it is out of play. The person who owns the most stars at the end of the game is the winner! 
My kinders' second favorite game is Race to Trace. There are FOUR Race to Trace versions in my math pack for you to differentiate for your students. In this game, students will roll the dice or spin the spinner (spinners are included), and trace or write the number that they landed on. The player who traces/writes all of their numbers first wins!
I put my game boards in dry erase pockets so my students can play the game with a white board marker and I will not have to make a million copies! You could laminate them or put them in sheet protectors if you don't have dry erase pockets. I also added a green dot so my kinders know where to start the number- I don't want them practicing the wrong way!
Also, did you check out my cool spinner? It's made with a CD case and a hot-glued spinner! Cheap and simple! Now I can change out the spinner image whenever I need a new one and I won't have to fuss with straws and brads!
Want to check out All About Numbers 1-10? I'd love some feedback! Click on the image below to check out the preview.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hip Hip Horray for the 10th Day!

Well, friends, today was the day! Zero the Hero paid us a visit in kindergarten today to help us celebrate the 10th day of school! This was one of my favorite days last year, and I loved introducing Zero the Hero to a new group of kinders today!
Boy, were they STUMPED when I told them that only one digit could fit in each spot of our place value chart. We had a discussion about what to do because there were 10 straws, but only room for the 0 to be shown (you know, the kindergarten rule that says only one digit can go in each pocket). I have to say, they had some creative ideas! My favorite was that we should just squeeze the two numbers together and not tell anyone! HA!
Then, we sang the famous Zero the Hero song and filled in our ten frame! I gave my kinders a Zero the Hero coloring page and also taught them how to trace the number 10. They got a kick out of coloring Zero the Hero exactly how he looked in the pocket chart.
Zero the Hero even left us circle stickers (because I forgot to grab cheerios at the food store yesterday they're shaped like a zero). I can't wait till day 20 to have some more Zero the Hero fun! I really want to find a Zero the Hero headband or coax someone into dressing up as Zero the Hero and come into our room.  How do you celebrate with Zero the Hero? I'd love to hear!
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Saturday, September 6, 2014

First Few Days & A FREEBIE!

Whew! We have 7 days of school under our belt! I am not used to waking up at 6 AM! I am so proud of my kinders for what we have accomplished so far in the first 7 days of school. Even though we are spending a great deal of time on rules, procedures, and expectations, I know that it will be well worth it in the end.
Here are a few highlights from our first few days of school!
We started our day off with our first day of kindergarten frames. The rest of the class was working on a welcome to kindergarten coloring sheet while I called students up to take their pictures. The "1st" is velcroed on to the frame, so at the end of the year, I change it out to say "last" day of kindergarten. Families love these pictures!
Last year, I waited to teach hallway rules and routines until Friday (day 3). This year, I decided it was one of the most important procedures to teach, so we did it on the first day of school. We read Edward and the Pirates, a cute book about a boy named Edward whose books came alive when he read. When he reads a book about pirates, the pirates come into his room and he teaches them how to read. While we were reading this book, a treasure map casually fell out! 
We stopped reading the book, and I taught the rules for walking in the hallway. Then, we went on our treasure hunt! We visited each of the specials rooms, but there was no treasure to be found. Our last stop was the office, and there was our treasure chest! It was filled with popcorn for snack time.

When we got back to our room, we finished the book and did our Walk Like a Pirate sort. Then, the students went back to their seats and drew one way that they could follow the rules of the hallway. I wrote what they were drawing about underneath.
Later, we made our rainbow names. This was great fine motor practice for my kinders. I cut 1 inch strips of RYOGBV construction paper, and they had to rip small pieces and glue them onto their names that I outlined the night before. I got this idea from the fabulous Deanna Jump. 
This is one of my favorite projects because it looks fabulous when hung in our room!
After lunch, it was time for math! For the first 3 days of school, we explored with our math manipulatives. This is a great time to teach the different materials we have in our room and different ways to use each. Ofcourse it's also a great time for students to get to PLAY with the manipulatives, before we ask them to use them exclusively for work.
I hope you've enjoyed my highlights from the first day of school! If you're interested in checking out my Walk Like a Pirate unit, you can grab it for FREE on my TPT store {here}
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Monday, September 1, 2014

September Currently & A FREEBIE!

Happy September!!! Wow, I can't believe I am saying that!! This summer FLEW by. Even though we went back to school last week, it still feels really weird to say it's September. I'm linking up with Oh Boy Fourth Grade to bring you my September Currently!

Listening: I am loving the silence of our apartment. We spent the night (and some of the morning!) in the ER because the boyfriend wasn't feeling well. Boy, is that a loud place!? Needless to say, after almost 8 hours there, I am thankful for the hum of my central air :)! {Don't worry, he's okay!}

Loving: I am loving all of the lovely ladies I've met through my new collaborative teaching blog! Our blog design was just finished this week and I am BURSTING at the seems to share it with all of you. Can't wait till our big reveal!

Thinking: I'm always thinking about school! Seriously. I can't even sit down and watch TV without planning, typing, or cutting something related to school. That's okay, though, because I love it!

Wanting: A puppy! Niko got me an IOU puppy for my birthday, and I am going crazy with anticipation! We probably won't get him until June, though, so we can train him over the summer. For now, I'm going to keep pretending that we can get him sooner! :)

Needing: A manicure! I picked off half of my nail polish in the ER last night, so needless to say, my nails could use some work! 

3 Trips: This summer, I went on a cruise with my parents to Bermuda, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, and Haiti. It was a beautiful and relaxing way to end my summer. I also spent a few weekends at our summer house on Eastern Long Island, and at Niko's family's summer house in Cape Cod. We are so lucky!

Well, that's all for this edition of September Currently! I hope you enjoyed reading! Now, if you made it all the way down here, I have a special FREEBIE for ya! I recently launched a Facebook page to accompany my blog! Head on over there and "like" my page to grab a special FREEBIE! {CLICK HERE!}

Happy September!
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