Showing posts from January, 2012

February Math Journals

February Math Journals are here! A day early!!! That never happens because I am always late to everything...haha!

I added some (2...starting out slow haha!) graphing activities to the math journals. If you are using them, I'd love to hear about it or any feedback you have. :)


Calendar Schmalendar...

Once in awhile (not always...but sometimes) I skip calendar time. There are times it just feels plain boring - and I know if I'm bored, my wiggle worms on the carpet are definitely bored.

I've been thinking a lot about how to make calendar time a good learning experience that is new and challenging but follows a routine so my kiddos can get familiar with the concepts.

My goal is to add something new to calendar once a month - whether it's a new routine, poster, chance for them to interact, etc. Something that I (and hopefully them) can be excited about!

Here's what it looks like now. I switched my Calendar to my whiteboard - and love it. It give me so much flexibility with writing on the board, using magnets, moving things, etc.

We always talk about the month, day and number date. After adding the date card, we sing "Days of the Week", "Months of the Year" and then start counting. We count by 2's to 30, and 1's, 5's, and 10's to 10…

Totally Unrelated to Teaching!!

Hubby and I are trying to get better at planning out menus - so our shopping trip to Wally World doesn't result in a cart full of snack cakes, ice cream, chips and other randomness. Then that feeling of "I spent $100+ on this?!?" sets in when we get home to put everything away...

So, we are working really hard to follow our menu. A guy at Hubby's work told him that they plan based on themes for each day - "Mexican Monday", "Italian Tuesday", "Wing Wednesday", "Traditional Thursday", "Pizza and Snacks Saturday", and "Homestyle Sundays". Fridays are usually going out to eat days.

Pinterest is literally my best friend when planning the menu - I have pinned all types of recipes but didn't really have a plan.

Source: via Arianne on Pinterest

Source: via Arianne on Pinterest
Source: via Arianne on Pinterest

Source: the-girl-wh…

Sound Spy

Sometimes I lie stretch the truth with my K kiddos. There I said it. Like when I make up really cheesy names for games that are *stop the press* learning games. But it's all about the presentation - so when we play "Sound Spy" it is amazing how many kiddos are engaged. This isn't a new concept/game - just has a fun name...

We are working on beginning sounds - sorting words, creating words with that sound, etc. Normally we do 4 sounds a week, but on Fridays we play Sound Spy - which focuses on a variety of sounds - not just the 4 we are practicing for the week.

Student papers look like this:

My paper looks like this:
To be Sound Spies, students first have to count the letters with me and then pick that many crayons out (in a *cough cough* timely manner...ha). 
Then we become sound spies. All of the picture clues are covered (I use sticky notes).  (Please use your spy skills to turn your heads...because Blogger is being difficult with pictures!
I use my document camer…

Blog Land is Awesome!

Bloggy Friends -
I am seriously overwhelmed and soooo excited.
I have over 100 followers, lots of comments, an inbox with email and really feel the love. THANK YOU! Please be on the lookout for lots of freebies in the coming weeks.
I updated my social network buttons - so feel free to click on over to my Pinterest or *new* Facebook page. You can subscribe to my blog’s feed or email me if you have questions or want to share ideas! Working on adding a YouTube one with links to my school playlists!
Whewww...but I can honestly say I heart blogging…
Thanks for making this teacher’s weekend!
On to the Giveaway Results!!! Thank you all for entering - I wish I had more gift cards. :)


Sorry bloggy friends that might be in love with the NWEA Map test...but currently it is the bane of my existence. I try to balance it all - and make sure that I at least talk about questions that I know appear on the test...but sheesh! I.don'! .

Please feel free to visualize:
*22 kinder kiddos (that alone is enough to visualize haha!)
*22 computer screens sitting on tables that are a little too tall for my kiddos
*22 kiddos enthralled with the game they get to play on the screen (because the test proctor line stating "this is not a game although it looks like one" didn't quite sink in...
*5 kids talking back to the person asking questions in the computer
*5 more asking their neighbor how to get to "that page you are on"
*3 needing restroom breaks
*3 wondering when they will be finished
*4 asking the age-old question--"When is lunch???"
*2 remaining that are halfway focused
*1 teacher wishing that someone would realize this may n…

January Math Stations

I am pretty sure I am still in denial that it is January...hence my lateness with January Math Stations. But, seeing as how it is like 15 degrees outside, I'm pretty sure January is here now.

Have you seen this awesome post at Lil' Country Kindergarten?
Check it out - there are some FANTASTIC math freebies available. She made completing my planning guide much easier! Thank you Marlana!

Planning Guide - makes life much easier!

My stations - grab 'em free!

Other awesome (FREE) stations come from: 
Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives Blog
Under the Alphabet Tree Blog
Marcia's Lesson Links
PreKinders Mitten Matching
Growing Kinders TPT Store
Christie Lamb's TPT Store
I love bloggy-land! So many creative and giving teachers. :)

50 Fabulous Followers Giveaway!


Currently - January Edition!

Have you checked out Farley's "Currently" Linky Party? Fun easy reads - the kind you find yourself nodding your head at or talking back to (I'm not the only one right?!? Haha).

Added bonus? A chance to win a really neat pencil sharpener (which would be fab - since mine always seem to stop working at the most inconvenient time in class). Link up!

Linking up with Oh' Boy 4th Grade for her Currently Linky Party!

I promise I teach more than Math!

I looked through my posts and realized I have lots of math related posts. Scouts honor I teach more than math...

January Math Journals are here! Whoohoo. My kiddos seriously were not happy when I said they didn't have new ones last week and they would be coming this week. Note to self - try to get February journals ready in your "spare time". 2nd note to self: develop a plan to create spare time. Ha. Enjoy.

January Math Journals

When did January get here?!?

Wowza these last few weeks flew by! I can't really even believe it is January - much less the 2nd week of January.

I really tried to do nothing related to school for my Christmas break - and succeeded until the Saturday before I had to return - yep - rockin New Years here haha.

I was super surprised and excited to see an award when I logged in! How sweet of these ladies - if you haven't visited their blogs - please do - lots of good ideas!

I have posts coming this week with math journals, 3D shapes, etc. but wanted to share some pics of our last week before break - you know - so I can pretend I'm still on break!

My favorite...invite him to school. :)