Saturday, August 27, 2016

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Pete the Cat

We spent a lot of time with Pete the Cat this week. If you are not familiar with Pete, he is a cat who LOVES his shoes. We read:
1. I Love My White Shoes
2. Rockin' in My School School
3. Four Groovy Buttons
This is our writing on what we would have stepped in, if we were Pete.  You can find this activity in my FREEBIE activity titled Cats and Shoes.
  We read and colored our Pete the Cat Emergent Reader. We were working on two sight words, I and my, and our color words. Each time we ran across that word we colored it a certain color.
This is our Pete the Cat 10 Frame. This week in math we were practicing matching amounts. Each partner took turns rolling the dice and both partners had to match the amount of buttons on their 10 frame. 

If you ever have a chance to sing along to the book with the incredible songs, please do so. They are so great!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Centers this Week

We began centers this week! Here is a peek at what we have doing: 

 Roll and Write from Core Sight Word Centers

 Sight Word Color Match from Core Sight Words Centers

 Capital and Lowercase Letter Match

Working on letter formation through the iPad app ABC 123

I am proud at how well my students have worked in their centers this week. We will continue to use centers everyday except Friday, and practice our skills to become Successful Students!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

 Chicka Chicka Boom Boom was our special story this past week. Here our craft and our Friday Fun Food!
This was a fun fine motor activity that got us using scissors and glue and playing with letters. 
Get this FREEBIE here.

Our Fun Food was very yummy. To make our coconut tree, we used a chocolate wafer as the trunk, apple slices for the leaves, Cocoa Puffs for the coconuts and Fruit Loop Fruit Snacks as our letters. It was a big hit!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Learning All About Our Names!

This was our first full week of school. We focused a lot on procedures, listening skills, and following directions. We began our reading and our math and are off and running! This week we practiced 3 letters: Tt, Ff, Bb. I teach three letters a week so that we can compare them and use them on a daily basis.

We also learned about the special letter that is the first letter of our names. Here is our fun craft we made:
We used my special "jewels" to make our names really sparkle.

We started our math curriculum this week by working on the number 1, the shapes square and circle, and how to match and sort. One of our activities was to sort our buttons by shape.

We also sorted our shoes! Everyone took off their shoes and threw them into a pile. Then we had to sort them and match them so that they could get to the right owner.

iRead began this week! iRead is a fun program that allows your child to work on their reading at their own, individual level. Students work on letters, sight words and phonemic awareness skills at a pace that works for them. And, at the end of every level, they get to change their avatar, which is a super cute monster designed by them.
Here is a picture of me, drawn by Annabelle. It looks just like me!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

First Week of Kindergarten

Our first week is over. True, it was short and sweet, and most of the hard stuff is out of the way. My class is amazing! They are kind, fun, and have already begin their learning. Here are a few things we did this week:

 We had our first try at the dice. Students worked in partners to roll and match their dice to the pictures.

Our shape this week was circle. In addition to making Mr. Circle, we colored circles based on size. Great job!

Our number this week was 0. We wrote zero, counted to zero (which isn't easy!) and learned about Zero the Hero. Our fun food this week was making Zero the Hero from a donut (he is often mistaken by the other numbers as a donut...), a fruit roll-up for the mask, and M&M eyes! Yum!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Welcome Back!

Our year has begun! In the past, I have ran this blog for teachers to seek resources and inspiration. I always ran a separate blog for parents and students. This year I would like to combine the two, and give inspiration to all. My class started today and we had a great first day. My students were enthusiastic and, after the first 20 minutes, very comfortable. 

I love learning about the new little ones in my class. Kylie loves music and can sing any song that Alvin and the Chipmunks sing. Avery knows his colors. Amari can count to 10. And Annabelle is a wonderful helper. I look forward to getting to know them more over the course of this year. 

Please stop by the webpage for information on school, teaching, kids, and more. We are all one big team. Teachers, students, and parents need each other to make learning happen. 
Welcome to Kindergarten!
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