Monday, December 26, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
You can see in the bottom that some were doing a great job with forming numbers. Even for the kids that haven't gotten there yet, drawing with sidewalk chalk offers a lot of resistance that is great for developing all those muscles in our hands/forearms that we use while writing. If you haven't ever done this with your kids, I recommend it! My kids loved it and didn't even realize they were learning new things. They just thought I was a cool teacher because I let them be outside when it wasn't recess :)
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
All they have to do is see how many letters they can correctly name in 1 minute. I figure I'll test the kids and then send the paper home, so parents can see how their child does and (hopefully) help them get better at home. If you want a copy, you can get it HERE.
I got a shoe organizer from Walmart and put it on the back door to my closet. It's filled with little trinkets and various things the kids can "buy". Hopefully it will help them start working towards earning those bucks!
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
I of course spent the entire time saying "don't lean so far! move back! not so close!" I was just convinced that someone would fall in. Luckily, we all stayed dry and even spotted a few frogs! We took a class picture in front of a huge sycamore tree that we'll visit again soon to see how it has changed with the season.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
the "orange basket" (turn in paper place) from my classroom, full of papers to be graded. The pink box holds my Mr. Sketch markers, great for grading papers because the kids love the smells!
A package of sentence strips. I've been using sentence strips a lot more this year, but usually only have time to make them when I'm at home. So I figured I needed to just keep a pack at home so when the mood strikes me I'm ready.
My lunch container (this day it was leftovers) and my water bottle. I go through about 2-3 bottlefulls a day.
Random laminated things that need to be cut out. These have been in my bag since the beginning of the year. I just hate cutting stuff out! But they're here if I'm ever in the mood.
A small notebook (holds my to-do lists), an umbrella and my personal clutch. All important things to have.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
I found this meme from a blog I follow, Wardrobe Oxygen. Since it's Sunday morning and I'm feeling lazy, I thought I'd share it with you. Here's all you needed to know about me, from A to Z:
A: Age: 26
B. Bed size: Full. It’s the bed I (and by “I” I mean my parents, lol) bought for my senior year in college when I lived off campus. Seriously considering upgrading to a queen, just waiting to win the lottery.
C. Chore that you hate: Unloading the dishwasher. Even though it takes just a few minutes, I always put it off.
D. Dogs: Biscuit, my adorable 2 year old miniature poodle. I love him!
E. Essential start to your day: a hot shower. I’m not awake until I shower.
F. Favorite color: pink
G. Gold or Silver: Silver. I don’t think gold looks good on me for some reason.
H. Height: 5’3.5” after my surgery I was 5’4” but I think I’ve settled a half an inch
I. Instruments you play: I took piano lessons for a little while when I was 9-10 years old. But it’s hard to play anything when you can’t really read music! My siblings got all the musical talent.
J. Job title: Kindergarten teacher extraordinaire
K. Kids: currently I have 17 (my students, lol)
L. Live: in my hometown
M. Mother’s name: Mom, Mama or Mommy. Usually Mama
N. Nicknames: Clare-Bear by most of my friends, Clara-belle by my parents, the Belle by my cousin, and my sister calls me Sister (I call her Sister too)
O. Overnight hospital stays: being born, brain surgery when I was 5, spinal fusion when I was 26
P. Pet peeves: cracking knuckles, people who aren’t on time, people who drive with their turn signal on
Q. Quote from a movie: I can pretty much quote Legally Blonde in its entirety, but my favorite is “whoever said orange is the new pink, is seriously disturbed”
R. Right or left handed: Right.
S. Siblings: Sister. She’s three years younger and probably my best friend. Although we still fight like we’re teenagers a lot of the time. Going to visit her in a few weeks and I can’t wait! (she’s a super genius and currently at Brown University getting her 2nd master’s degree) And my brother is 2 years old and my hero because he beat Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and is now in law school.
T: Time you wake up: my alarm is set for 6:02, but in reality that’s 5:53 because my bedroom clock is 9 minutes fast. It’s odd but works for me.
U. Underwear: I’m a VS girl
V. Vegetable you hate: raw tomatoes- I like them cooked, like tomato sauce and tomato soup, like ketchup but if you give me a sandwich, I will pick them off.
W. What makes you run late: Facebook and Pinterest
X. X-Rays you’ve had: Oh lord, I can’t even count how many x-rays I’ve had. I’ve had scoliosis since I was 5, so that’s 21 years of x-rays several times a year. Add that to several for my right ankle (sprained 6 times, never broken) and a few wrist/hand x-rays. I’m surprised I’m not glowing right now.
Y. Yummy food that you make: Where to start? Last night I made apple dumplings and chocolate-chip oreo brownies. Both got rave reviews. I also make a killer macaroni and cheese.
Z: Zoo animal: Flamingo. Because they’re pink!
my students at the zoo this past spring, standing like flamingos
So there you go! If you want to fill it out and share, please post a comment. I'd love to learn more about you!
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
We have "worked" in our math journals twice now and both times it has been great. The kids love it because it's pretty much the one time I let them lie down on the carpet. They get 2 crayons to use (so I can distinguish between problems) and have shown some great creativity! So far it's just been "draw me 3 balloons, write the number 4, etc." type of problems. If you have any suggestions for using math journals in Kindergarten, I would love to hear them!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
.Once they learn the rules, how to put the books away, etc. they'll get to "unwrap" the bookshelves. Until then, they are "under construction."
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Teacher Tam over at http://teachertamseducationaladventures.blogspot.com/ is hosting a giveaway. Every person who enters automatically wins a product from her TpT store worth $5. AND you're entered for a chance to win her entire store! Head on over and check it out!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
kids were excited and a little bit scared.
They tossed and they turned about in their beds,
while visions of school supplies danced in their heads.
Erasers and crayons and pencils galore
were stuffed in their backpacks and set by the door.
Outfits were hung in closets with care,
knowing that kindergarten soon would be there.
In the morning it came, school starts today!
Would the teacher be nice? Would they still get to play?
Faces were washed, and teeth were brushed white;
Kids posed for pictures with eyes sparkling bright.
Parents packed snacks and kids hopped in cars
As if they were boarding a spaceship to Mars.
Some kids brought blankets or their favorite stuffed bear;
in hopes they could nap like they did in day care.
Their parents exclaimed: "You're big kids. WOW!
Let us hold your bears and blankies for now."
The parents were worried their children would cry
if they left them at school with just a good-bye.
So they told their darlings, "If you want, we can stay
and make sure that everything will be A-okay."
The teacher then greeted each one with a smile,
and invited the students to stay for a while.
The room was all filled with toys, books, and maps,
but where were the beds for midmorning naps?
They colored and painted and played Simon Says,
then tumbled and skipped and stood on their heads.
They sang silly songs from beginning to end.
Within just a minute, each kid had a friend.
The children were happy. They loved Miss Clare
It was she who would show them a great deal of care.
When what to her wondering eyes should appear
but sad moms and dads who were holding back tears!
Their noses so sniffly! Their eyes red and wet!
This was the saddest good-bye Miss Clare had seen yet!
She gathered the grown-ups on the magical rug,
then sent them away after one final hug.
The children all waved from the door of the school.
"Don't cry Mom and Dad; kindergarten is cool!"
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
What are your favorite fonts? I would love to add some more to this list!
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Or old oatmeal canisters. You would throw them away. Or better yet, you would recycle them. Well, I'm doing my own version of recycling. What am I going to do with this trash? Well...
Friday, July 29, 2011
Ta da! 3 super cute, super cheap reading pointers! I have a rocket ship, bee and a frog. Each shape was 59 cents and the dowel I used was about $1. So for under $5 I have 3 new pointers. Can't wait to use them!