Saturday, January 31, 2015

Five for Friday!

It's been a while since I've written a Five for Friday.
I'm on the run this morning, delivering fabric and prepping for Ground Hog Day , only to be followed the next day with the 100th Day of School celebration. That almost seems cruel...
Just teasing! I love all the hoopla!

I had a booth for the aprons at the Pk1 conference in Santa Clara, California two weekends ago.
It was so much fun to meet kindergarten teachers from all over California. I got to take a picture with sweet Palma!
 I also got to attend some of the presentations on Friday and came away with wonderful tips to use with my class.
One of my favorites was from Heidi Butkus.
She suggested that while helping kids learn how to write an opinion piece, teach them how to spell the word because to the tune of Old MacDonald.
I gave it a try and I'm here to tell you it was a huge success!
We looked closely at the word and broke it into chunks to make even more sense of the spelling.
Finally, we wrote it on our tables with whiteboard pens while we sang the song.
They always gasp and say, "We can't write on the tables!!! We'll get in BIG trouble!"
I'm such a rebel.

Look at these wonderful sentences:

 I like summer because I go to the pool.
I like to go the beach in summer because I make sand castles.
Thanks again, Heidi for making my teaching better!

January is gone!
Here are our bulletin boards for the month!

Another "changed my world" moment came from Heidi. She recommended taking a look at this wonderful handwriting program called Living Letters!
My kids totally "got it" and the improvement in their handwriting is exciting. I purchased the wipe off boards and alphabet poster and will be ordering the handwriting paper shortly.
Needless to say, I'm impressed.

I'm excited to show you a peek at the new fairy tale card set that is almost complete. The adorable clip art is from my sweet friend Susanna at Whimsy Workshop. The pack will include: Goldilocks, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.  The cards fit perfectly into the apron pockets but will work well in your pocket chart too. They're perfect for story telling, sequencing, teaching characters, beginning, middle and end and on and on.
When I teach Goldilocks and the Three Bears, I sing my own version of that silly Three Bears Rap with the cards layered in the apron pockets. I'll get brave someday and post a video of how I maneuver the cards as I sing. I've been teaching kids how to sing off key for over 30 years so you can only imagine my hesitation to perform on a video for all to see.
Oh my...

Here's my post from last year for Groundhog Day:

Because I can't say Punxsutawny Phil and my children are even worse at it, I call him P. Philly, sort of like P.Diddy. Here's my rap to go with the art project:

Hey P. Philly, what do you say?
Let’s get to work, it’s Groundhog Day.

Time to tell us what the weather will bring.
Six weeks of winter or early spring?

Hey P. Philly, what’s the news?
Open your eyes and take in the views.

If you see your shadow, winter’s here to stay,
And if you don’t see it, spring is on the way.

Hey P. Philly, what’s that you’re sayin’?
If it’s sunny outside that means winter’s stayin’?

And if it’s cloudy out that means winter’s excused?
I hear what you’re sayin’ but you seem confused.

Well, thanks P. Philly, that’s really cool.
Now we know what to wear to school.

If it’s cloudy out we wear swimsuits,

And if it’s sunny out we wear our boots!

My first and favorite is this pin from Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten. Her blog is amazing and has helped me so many times. This is a pin from a packet she has for sale on TPT called Tops and Bottoms Companion Pack. It's very clever, adorable and on my list for sure!! The rabbit, veggie and fruit people are sooooooo sweet. Hurry over to check it out.

Here's her bear. Isn't he the cutest? I love that the eyes open and close. As soon as I saw him, I thought he would make a great ground hog. Perfect for  the whole waking up from a winter's nap thing!  I just added whiskers( he needs a few more) and teeth. Mine isn't as sweet as hers but you get the idea.

Here's mine.

And here's what I be doing on Sunday for the 100th Day...
We do all the same activities as everyone else. My 100 year old people are a little different though.
I prep the wrinkled paper bag face dress/shirt and lace collar ahead of time.
The kids use lima beans for the lips and black eyed peas for the eyes.
Here are a few:
This is a response that I've never gotten before!
So precious, every single one!
Here are last year's portraits.
Now it's time to figure out where I stashed my cane and grey wig...

Look what I found at recess on our kindergarten playground.
How sweet is this?
Kids are amazing to me.
Have a wonderful weekend.

See ya!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Five for Friday

It's the weekend!
Hallelujah By Martin Patten
Hallelujah By Martin Patten

This will be a quick Five for Friday!
I'm getting the aprons ready for the Northern California PK1 Conference.
Lots to do!
As always, thanks to Doodle Bugs for hosting!

We're learning about estimation so I pulled out our Guesstimation Jar.
The kids love to do this activity and it truly improves their estimation skills!
Each Monday, I place something thematic into the jar and let them spend the week trying to estimate how many things are inside. We record their original (usually outlandish) estimate on the white board. On Thursday, I take out ten of the items and show them what that amount looks like. Next, I ask them if they'd like to revise their Monday guesstimate.
On Friday, we count the collection into baggies by tens and extras. I hang the baggies on the clothes line and then we count by tens and then count on to find the final amount.
So much fun!
This week it was styrofoam snowballs.

We're also learning to write those pesky teens. Of course we're using our base ten blocks to learn that teens are made of tens and some extras.
We made our little flip books this week.

The cards really seem to help!
For a week,  they put the cards in order as part of their morning work
You can find them in my TPT store.

Time to do my Martin Luther King activity.

I don't post pictures of my kiddos so I had to use my picture for this.
How humiliating.
Anywho, I made each child into a McFrosty using Picmonkey.
Of course, their pictures are much cuter!
Hint; take their pictures with their jackets on so it looks wintery.
And don't have a truck driving by in the background...

Busy, busy weekend getting ready for the 
Northern California PK1
Kindergarten Conference!

Apron Give Aways!

We'll have our aprons at a great price!
Be sure to stop by and say hello!
Have a happy weekend!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Pick 3 Linky Party

What a fun linky! Pick 3 is hosted by Inspired Owl's Corner and Pawsitively Teaching.

I love looking at all the ideas. Picking 3 is impossible and you'll soon see why I may be banned from participating in the future...

When I think of January, I have three main themes:
Martin Luther King 
New Year resolutions

I found some great directed art lessons for Martin Luther King last year.

Here's the finished product!

This is a pin from my own blog.
I've done this for years and it always turns out well.

I love doing this with Picmonkey.
So much fun from Lisa Storms!

I had to include this pin from artsonia!
I like using newspaper to make the snowman.
Just one word of advice;
check the newspaper articles that are on the paper.
We made a dog earlier this year and one student accidentally used
the Ask a Doctor article headlining 
urinary tract infections.

Don't you just love the whimsical hats from at Second Street?!

The next pin is easy and perfect for our bulletin board!
This adorable project is from one of my favorite blogs called  School Is a Happy Place.

Well, that's more pins than I was supposed to post.
And finally (truly), I somehow really related to this pin:

Adopt a senior dog.
Feeling more and more like I'm the oldest blogger out there!
Now, be sure to check out all the other wonderful pins!
Happy weekend!