Saturday, October 4

A peek into my room

We have celebrated three birthdays this school year. When it is your birthday, during morning work, everyone colors a page just for you. The child celebrating the birthday gets to color the front cover. Simply collect all the pages to make a class birthday book. I adapted this cute idea from Christina Bainbridge.

You also get to take home one of these cute birthday balloons from What the Teacher Wants.
This year our school district is implementing a new program called Literacy By 3. Look at our brand new leveled library! So excited about this. All of the colorful bins are from Big Lots.

Every year I love to include these three adorable crafts by Julie Lee!! So precious. (Chester the raccoon, No David, Miss Viola Swamp)

 This is my IB board to display the current unit of inquiry and central idea we are working on. You can get a set of the key concepts here. Learner Profiles here. Transdisciplinary themes here.
We have been learning all about what a scientist is. The pieces for this anchor chart are from Chalk Talk.
This is currently our bulletin board. I am loving the flamingo trend right now.
I love reading Lacy Walker Non Stop Talker at the beginning of the year to discuss the importance of being a good listener. Chart inspiration from Cara Carroll
I love making class books and try to make them regularly. It is always the first things my kids choose to read. Our kindergarten crew class book!

I found this idea on pinterest and started implementing it after our number talks.

While learning about circles we made pancakes!! We graphed blueberries or chocolate chips. Then we made chocolate chip pancakes.  
While cooking they completed this little how to.
We spent some time learning our names!

Here is peek into my classroom! (The charts below are for The Kissing Hand and Chrysanthemum)

 In my classroom we have individual desks, tables, and carpet squares for children to work at.
 These are the kiddos mailboxes where they keep their pencil box, binder, and their towel for rest time.


Saturday, August 30

Tattle Turtle

The first week of school was packed full of learning all of our brand new rules and routines. Here is a little tattling mini lesson I gave to help the kiddos know the difference between an emergency and a tattle. We read A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue then discussed the difference between an emergency and a tattle. After our discussion we did a pocket chart sorting activity. We sang the tattle song by Harry Kindergarten. Then I introduced tattling turtle!
Click the picture to below to get your own copy of tattle turtle.

Thursday, August 21

Meet The Teacher Night and a Freebie

Tonight almost all 29 of my kinder kiddos showed up to meet me. The night was a huge success! In the summer I bought a set of lawn flamingos from Urban Outfitters for the sole purpose of . . . They are so cute! Tonight I found a purpose for my lawn flamingos! I made a photo booth out of butcher paper and streamers. I made props and used my Fujifilm instax mini to take pictures. I wanted the parents to take a picture of both me and their child. I liked the idea of sending them home with a photo of me so that when first day jitters come they can look at their picture. Each child held on to that picture like it was treasure! It was precious to see. Here are some pictures from meet the teacher.
I'm busy getting things ready for the first day of school. Click below to grab some first day of school morning work. Check back soon for my classroom reveal.

Sunday, August 10

Daily schedule and back to school with BIC

Back to school is right around the corner. It was such a good summer! I'm sad to see it end but I'm also so excited to meet my new little kindergartners! Here we go again . . .
I added two new packs to my teachers pay teachers store to help you get ready for back to school.
I keep all my books in Ikea magazine holders. Then I stick a book label on the box to help me easily find what I'm looking for.
I also updated my daily schedule. Here is a peek into my day!
I love new school years and the fresh start they bring. Have you heard about BIC's new campaign? Fight For Your Write. Find out about it here.
Look at all these goodies for writing!!
3 tips that will inspire kids to write
1. Set aside specific times during the day for kids to write and share back. You can look at my daily schedule above to see when I do it.
2. Have a variety of colorful pens, pencils and markers for kids to choose from. This gets them excited about writing.
3. Give each kid a designated area to write. This year I bought special carpet squares for each child so that they have their own designated spot to work. {carpet squares are from IKEA}
Check out BIC Fight For Your Write for more fun tips.
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