Thursday, December 12, 2013

Polar Express Roll and Cover FREEBIE

I've taken a much needed hiatus from the blog so far this month. Please forgive me! I have tons of ideas and pictures to share with everyone. Hopefully things will settle down soon so I can get back into my groove. :)

My kiddos absolutely adore roll and cover games! I put together a Polar Express version for this time of year and will be putting it to good use while I'm wrapping up some loose ends next week before our winter break. I hope you can use it too! There are 3 versions to meet the needs of your learners. Click on the image to download your copy of all 3 versions for FREE.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Bubble Wrap Queen!

Have you heard of Julia Cook?  She is an author and she is fabulous!  No kidding…I've read at least 5 of her books in the last month addressing everything from tattling to listening!  I'm excited to be participating in Laura Candler's book review.

The Bubble Wrap Queen was unfamiliar to me so I found a copy and read it to my class last week.  I should probably mention that you could hear a pin drop as I read the book to them.  My kindergartners LOVE these books and they keep their attention until the end!
If you haven't read the book before, I will give you a quick run down of the plot.  The book is about a girl and her highly overprotective mother.  The mom's one true mission in life is to protect her daughter…from everything.  She proceeds to wrap anything and everything in bubble wrap so that she can keep her daughter safe.  One day she runs out of bubble wrap.  She goes to the store to buy more but the sales associate tells her that there is no more bubble wrap period because she has bought it all.  No more in that store, the other stores in the city, the state, or the nation.  The mom tells her daughter that she is left with no choice but to go back to the B.A.S.I.C.S.  {Be Aware and Safe In Common Situations}.  The mom teaches her daughter the importance about playground safety, bike safety, poison safety, etc, and the little girl overcomes her fear.
The discussions that followed this book were downright hilarious.  I now know all about how my students' mothers do not let them ride their bikes without shoes, or jump on their beds, or throw things at their baby sisters' faces.  :)  We talked about how our moms definitely want us to stay safe but want to teach us the importance of safety rather than just shielding us from everything.  Moms can't be everywhere all the time even though "they are like superheroes sometimes."

You can visit Julia Cook's site to find out more about how she is approaching tough subjects with kids through her writing.  I read many of her books multiple times throughout the school year…especially the ones on personal behaviors!  Head to her site {here}.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Some Writing Journal Pics

I was asked to help out a friend with some writing samples for K so I took a few pics from October journals.  I'd like to share a few with you.
I was a Minnie Mouse.
I love my Mom. ("I love Mommy" in the speech bubble)
I love my dinosaur.
I like to play badmitton.
I love my gecko.
The bat can hang.
I love Mrs. Lirette. Riley. Mom. Dad. Lelu. Haley.
If you asked my kids they would probably tell you how mean I am during writing time because I have been refusing to spell words for them.  We've been segmenting and blending our hearts out lately so I've resorted to a little tough love.  Things are going pretty well, though.  We've come a long way in the last 3 months!  Clearly we need to work on punctuation still….  :)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Weekly Visual Plans: Bears and Veterans!

With October behind us, I'm backtracking a little in our reading series to cover some stories we put on hold during the craziness of pumpkins, spiders, bats, and Halloween.  This week is going to hopefully be a little calmer as we attempt to get back into routine.  ;)

Here's the plan:
{Click to enlarge and download so the links are hyperactive.}
There is a festive rhyming words freebie in the plans that I posted about the other day.  I hope your kiddos enjoy it!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Patriotic FREEBIE for Rhyming Words!

Tomorrow is Halloween which means Veterans Day is just around the corner!  I've put together this write the room activity for my kids to use during stations next week.  It will give them some practice with recognizing and producing rhyming words (CCSS K.RF.2a).  Click {here} or on an image to download your own copy for free.  I hope someone else can use it too! :)

Monday, October 28, 2013

A Few Halloween Station Pics

Here is a peek at today's stations!

 You can find these activities and more here:
 (Old Lady Roll and Cover is FREE!)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Halloween Plans and an Old Lady FREEBIE!

It is Halloween week! We have a field trip AND a fall party this week...I have a feeling things are going to get a little bit crazy so perfect time for some Roll and Cover fun, right?  Here's another Old Lady one to go along with There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat.  There are 3 versions: 1 die number recognition, 2 dice- adding 2 sums, and 3 dice- adding 3 numbers.
Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat Roll and Cover FREE
We will be doing many activities from my new Frightfully Fun literacy and math pack.  I will also be pulling out Sylla"boo"s Syllable Sort which was a BIG hit last year! Click the picture to open the plans in GoogleDoc.  Don't forget you have to download them to make the hyperlinks interactive.
 I hope you have a Spooktacular Halloween!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Last Week's Recap {Picture Dump}

We have had SO much going on over the last few weeks that it seems somewhat appropriate to just have a picture dump.  Here's some randomness from the week that I am attempting to organize by topic:

charts, charts, and more charts

Acting out 5 Little Bats {our weekly poem from Deedee Wills}
By the way....they are hanging upside down like bats.  :)

Watercolor fun to reveal our "magic"sight words

Bats! {adapted from Miss Kindergarten}

Pumpkin Life Cycle

Thanks for taking a picture walk with me.  I'll be back tomorrow with next week's visual plans!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Bats! Weekly Visual Plans

This week is all about bats!  I am forgoing our weekly story from our reading series until it fits more appropriately with the seasons (the next 2 stories are about hibernation and winter).  That leaves plenty of room for last week's pumpkin activities and this week and next for bats, spiders, and all things Halloween.  :)

Here's the plan:

Click on the pictures to download the file in Google docs.  Once you have downloaded it, the links are hyperactive.  There are some great ideas and freebies from other teachers in the plans this week!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Pumpkins & Some FRIGHTfully Fun Stations! :)

I'm still exhausted from last week's pumpkin-ing! But boy, what fun! :)
We weighed, measured, cut them up, counted seeds, carved them and loads more.
Here's my week in pictures:
I will be back tomorrow with my weekly plans.  I've spent all day working on a new Halloween unit and didn't get my plans finished....let's not talk about priorities.  Here's a look at the new unit:
It is 87 pages of Literacy and Math Stations!  Click {here} to see what is included.

As a thank you to my Facebook fans I posted the entire unit as a freebie for 10 minutes.  It was downloaded a little shy of 500 times in that small time frame- Wow!  Thank you to everyone for leaving me such sweet feedback.  I'm sure to do more flash freebies in the future.
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