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Monday, July 18, 2016


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Here are some things this company is doing to better our world:
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Built Playgrounds for Orphans
Donated over 400 Bicycles to Deserving Children
Provided 30,000 Meals for the Homeless
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Good Works and I are teaming up to give one of you a Bracelet!  The perfect teacher bracelet to encourage and inspire us throughout the school day!  These also make great teacher gifts!  Use the Rafflecopter below to enter!

This is the bracelet we are giving away!  
Perfectly uplifting for teachers as we go back to school!
Perfect little reminders throughout the day to be strong, have faith, & believe!

 Below are some other items you can find on their website
Go check it out HERE

Friday, July 1, 2016

NEAEC Conference

The Northeast Alabama Early Childhood Conference is coming up on July 27th!  Some of you know this is the conference my own school hosts.  This year we are having Deedee Wills and Elizabeth Hall and I'm so very excited!!!  I can't wait to learn from some of the best!!
Need a quick road trip before school starts?!
Come to the NEAEC Conference.  I'll be there!  Will you??

To register, visit the NEAECC website.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Write. Every. Day. {Longest post about Writing Ever}

Hey Y'all and Happy Summer!!

Who out there struggles with getting your kids writing every single day?!?!  We know it's super important...yet, so hard to:

1. Find time amongst all the other 10,000 things to do each day.
2. Get kids to put thoughts and words on paper.
3. Once they get words...having them write at least 1 complete sentence...THEN expand and write more!
4. Have a writing block without you wanting to pull all of your hair out strand by strand.

This is me....WAS me.  I have always loved the idea of a writing block...one where my room is calm, relaxed, every kid is writing the whole time...I'm conferencing with individual kids...the whole 9 yards.

Let me add, this post is not about Writing Workshop.  I love the idea of Writing Workshop!  I think it works!  This is just what made writing in my classroom easier for me...and was better than doing a little here and a little there.  This was consistent for me.  And, it made all the difference.


I had to figure out something that worked for me and my kids and my schedule.  I was tired of not knowing what to do or how to get my kids started on writing.  Let's face it...when I get a new group of kiddos...the majority have never been to preschool.  They can't hold a pencil, they don't know letters or sounds.  They can't write their name.  How in the world are they supposed to be writing stories at the end of the year?

Here's what made sense to me when I created this Write Every Day packet to use with my kids.  
1. Practice sounding out words
2. Labeling pictures
3. Stretching out LONG words
4. Writing at least 1 complete sentence
5. Practicing tracing a correct sentence then writing it on my own
6. Growing a simple sentence
7. Fixing and incorrect sentence
8. Elaborating and writing more than 1 sentence

Another thing that makes sense to me is whatever letter I am focusing on for the week...well, focus on that.  So, I have all of these activities for each letter of the alphabet!  With that said, I do not do Letter of the Week.  I believe strongly in introducing and teaching all letters and sounds from the beginning, but as part of our reading series we focus on 1 or 2 letters per week.  Basically, students will see activities during centers and such geared toward that specific letter plus previously taught letters.

Okay enough blabbing...on with the pictures!

This is an example of what we would do on Monday.  For a long time, we did this together...as I  modeled and we sounded out the words together. 
There's a challenge word for each letter too.  Perfect for more advanced students.
Notice I had my kids circle the words that rhymed.
There's lots of things you can do with these papers besides just sounding out the word.

Here's en example of the Label It page.  Students use the word bank to the left and they must use their knowledge of middle and ending sounds to help them decide which words goes in which box.
Again, we do this together at the beginning.  I'm modeling how to stretch out words and listen for sound other than beginning sounds.
Fast Finishers write a sentence or 2 using one of the words.

This is seriously one of the most fun pages we do all week.  My kids LOVED this one and I loved looking at them just as much!
The purpose of this page is to get kids to stretching out LONG words and trying to hear as many sounds as they can in a word...other than the typical 3 they usually get.  I gave the number of how many sounds are actually in the word.
This tells me a lot about my kids.  Are they hearing many sounds or just a few?  Are they getting blends and digraphs?

 This little guy had sneaky e down pat.  Do you see it?!?!  Another reason I LOVE this page!

Here is Trace It Try It.  I wanted to my students to trace a correct sentence a few times then try to copy it and get it CORRECT.  Uppercase, spaces, and punctuation.  Sounds easy right?  Nope.  But, this helped a lot!
Students use a paper clip to spin a color then trace 1 of the sentences that color.
Then, they write it with a pencil...in case of mistakes.  There will be mistakes.  HA!
I let my kiddos get a clipboard and their writing box and find a spot in the room to do this activity.  

Write a Sentence: We always want our students to write a sentence.  Just one sentence.  Y'all...it takes a long time for some kids to be able to do it.  Doing this every week helped my kids a TON!  This is a little more structured than free journal writing even though that's super important too.
The paper gives them a picture and the word to write about.  
These are examples of writing after January.  We had already been talking a lot about adjectives and growing our sentences a lot so you can see that some students were beginning to grasp that concept.  A lot of times I would put a cloud around adjective, or a sticker heart, or marker heart just to let them know I "noticed" their hard word!  

 The lines are where I asked this student to go back and correct his lowercase letters to an uppercase letter.  Notice the heart for using an adjective.

 This student is EL and was reeeeeeeeally struggling with writing. period.
I'm TICKLED that she got " I have egg."  
HUGE accomplishment for this one!  
They won't all look like the above.  I'm okay with that as long as they are making progress in their OWN way!  YAY!
This little paper had a "PARTY" because it was awesome!  I sprayed adhesive then dipped it in confetti.  
Note: The spray adhesive wasn't very sticky.  Trying to come up with another solution because my students loved when their paper had a party!

Growing Sentences!
We had a mini lesson on adjective and using them in our writing.  My students were already familiar with what adjective were at this point so we created this giant flower with different adjectives on each petal.  You can see this went all the way to the ceiling in our classroom.
We brainstormed the words together then I glued it and hung it up later.  This was a great visual for my students to "spice up" or "fancy" their writing.  Plus, I could say don't forget to grow your sentences and point to the flower.
 This page we did together.  I added little shapes to make it easier for you to guide students where they should be.  

I made this little anchor chart and I mean we used it Every. Single. Day.  
I always held it up and we read it together.  We held up a finger each time we said something.  After a while all I had to do was say "A good sentence has 3 things"...and they just knew it!  
 Here was  mini lesson we did closer to the beginning.  I saw this on Instagram from Kindergarten_Chaos!  So cute!
 One thing I don't think I've mentioned was pulling kids during this time.  I always tried to pull a few students and work with them small group for a little more individualized instruction.  
These students are using tools from their writing box.  I'll blog about these a little later.
 One last thing!  I tried really hard to meet back up at the rug after writing...especially on the days we did the "Write a Sentence" page.  I love to give my kids an opportunity to share their writing and as you can see below we Silent Cheered for great writing!!  
So fun!  I tried to point out at least one great thing like....I love the way you used adjectives today, or You're sentence is so interesting and thoughtful.  (Y'all I get so tired of I see the sun, and I like the dog.)

There you have it!  A condensed version of how I use Write Every Day in my classroom.  
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Exciting News!!!

I have some exciting news to share!
Next year, I will be co-teaching in kindergarten!!  Same school, same grade (I teach in an ALL kindergarten school), different classroom!  
That's right...Jamie Mayas from Mrs. Mayas' Kinders and I will be teaching together in the same classroom!  
Excited would be an understatement.
I have taught K in the same room for 11 years and it was great, but I am ready for a change.  Um, packing 11 years worth of teacher stuff was challenging.  HA!  
I can't wait to share with you our adventures of co-teaching and what our new classroom will look like!  
Here's my old classroom...
 Here will be our new classroom!
They knocked down a wall to make a larger classroom to fit 36 kiddos instead of 18.
Stay tuned for our classroom tour in a couple months...but for now 

Monday, January 11, 2016

How I do Kindergarten Book Tubs

Book Tubs...where do I begin?  I've had book tubs for a couple years and never got my groove on setting up, managing, and maintaining them.  I tried a couple things, but I couldn't find a good fit for me or my kids.   I'm hoping I've found a solution as far as managing and keeping them up to date.  This is nothing special or new!  In fact this is pretty much the same thing you've seen pinned on Pinterest and read on many blogs out there.  I'm hoping with a few tweaks, this is SIMPLE enough for me to manage and SIMPLE enough for my kids to handle.
Are you feelin' me?  I have to have SIMPLE to MANAGE...pretty much that means I want my kids doing most of the "handling of it" alone.  I don't have time to touch these daily, swap out books daily, keep records of who has what book, check tubs for correct levels, keep track of what books they have read and how many they have read, etc.  My kids get a lot of small group reading time with me everyday, SO, I'm not stressing myself over book tubs.  I'm using these as a fast finisher choice, quiet time, & time-fillers.

I went back and forth on how to sort my books and how to allow my kiddos to "check out" books and so forth.  I just couldn't get a good plan or wrap my head around it.  So, here's what I'm doing.
The books shown are all extras from our Scott Foresman reading series.  We got the new updated version, and we got new books with it.  Cha-Ching!  My old books went straight to my "library" for book tubs.  My books are sorted by 3 levels...Strategic, On-Level, and Advanced.  I had the colored polka-dot cards (see pic below) already in my classroom so I just laminated them and wrote my students names on them according to each of their levels.  My school is ALL kindergarten so we don't have AR levels or star levels or anything like that.  However, Scott Foresman does have DRA levels and Fountas and Pinnel levels on their books now.  HERE is a link that shows what levels Scott Foresman readers fall in.
When a student is ready to get a book or change out a book they will go to the basket that has their name on it and choose a book...same way most people do it.  I guess what makes it simple for me is there are only 3 baskets to choose books from.  Their names are there on the tub so that's the tub they pull from.  There's no paper to fill out, no record keeping, nothing.  I want this to be as intrinsically motivated as possible.  I add to and take away books as we progress through each unit.  My students ONLY touch the books in THEIR designated basket.  I do have appropriate level books in each basket, plus a few that would be a challenge.  Of course, I want my students to push themselves.  One of my friends always says, "If you don't put them on the bicycle, they'll never learn how to ride"...so the "bicycle" is there when they are ready.
*****EDITED to say that the books that are in their leveled basket are books we have read in small groups prior to them being a choice.  I have 2 sets of these leveled readers. :)

I'm very easy going about the book tubs as when they feel comfortable changing their books in and out.  I ask that my students read the book they choose as least 3 times or more.  I tell them to get familiar with it and be able to read it with ease...fluently if you will.  Remember, I read with all my students every day during guided reading so they know what I mean by those words and know what I except of them.  Gentle reminders are given to students to swap out books often.

 I want students to learn to love to choose books, and learn to read and re-read.  Not just flip through the pages and think that is reading.  I'm hoping this makes the process Easy-Peasy Lemon-Squeezy!

Each student has their own numbered book tub...no names...it's just easier for me this way.  It's the same number they line up on.  :)
Each book tub has a pointer :)

How do you do Book Tubs?  I'd love to hear your ideas for managing them!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Thanksgiving Ideas Repost and an OLDIE FREEBIE!

This is a just a repost of some of the centers and activities we do during November...just in case you need some new ideas!  :)

Whew…I love this time of year, but it gets so busy I just can't keep my head from spinning!  But, this is the time of year I really start to see my kinders grow academically and I love it!  Plus, there are so many fun learning opportunities that are just that; FUN & LEARNING at the same time.  Here's what we've been up to the past couple of weeks.  All of these activities can be found in either my Happy Thanksgiving Unit, my Turkey Time Literacy pack, or my Turkey Time Math pack plus tons of other great centers not shown.  :)

Ordering numbers to 12...
 I love my centers that integrate math and literacy…boom!
 Sorting word family words...
 Building sight words with letter feathers…FUN!
 I put this on Instagram, but in case you aren't an Instagrammer…this is one of the funnest centers for math…they are so engaged every time we do it….
Set the timer and hit go…stuff your turkey as fast as you can…
Students count and record how much "stuffing" they put in their turkey for Thanksgiving Day

For this game, I made up 10 headbands with feathers that had pictures on the feathers.  I randomly pass them out each day to 10 friends…the students in the group completing the activity walk around the room searching for the feathers that their friends are wearing on their head.  Then, they write the beginning sound.  Now, how fun is that…the whole class is involved!
Beginning Sound Spin & Write
Beginning and Ending Sounds…this was a little tricky for my kids right now, but I definitely could hear them trying...
This is great for common core…each child gets a mini tub of red and yellow counters…Then, they complete their Gobble, Gobble Counting Book making combinations of different numbers on each page.  This is in Turkey Time Math Centers.
These centers you can find in my Happy Thanksgiving Pack at my tpt store.  
They loved this one!  I added colored dots to match the feathers to make it easier for my kids to build the words.
If you bought my unit, make sure you download the revised one...there's a "goof" on this one...do you see it?
I fixed it and revised it!
You can find the Native American Craft at the link below.
I always love how these turn out each year!  We've been talking about symmetry so we designed these cool shirts for our Native American friends.  

This center was a HIT!  They caught the turkey with a fishing pole and then bingo dotted the matching letter.
Teacher Tip:  Instead of paper clips which always get pulled off from the fishing pole, just simply staple the corner of the game piece and it works perfect!  Easy peasy, lemon squeeze!
You can find this in my TPT Store for FREE.
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