Friday, September 19, 2014

Five for Friday and FREEBIES!


Linking up with Kacey for Five for Friday has been on my list for weeks.  My weekends have been so busy, I just haven't had a chance.  Needless to say I'm feeling pretty accomplished right now.

My class is entering the GoNoodle kid-led brain break contest.  Aren't they just so stinkin' cute?  Wish us luck!

#GoZumba from Lydia Schaeffer on Vimeo.

We've been doing all things apple for the past few weeks.  My favorite activity was making Johnny Appleseed inspired self-portraits.  I snagged the idea from Mrs. Maya's Kindergarten.  

You're probably asking yourself, "Why does this kid have whiskers?"  Your guess is as good as mine.  I thought it was pretty hilarious. 

It worked out perfectly because our sight words this week are I and am.

This week we (finally!) started our normal Daily 5 routine.  My kids have worked hard the past few weeks practicing each component of the Daily 5.  They can now Read to Self, Work on Writing, Listen to Reading, and Read to Someone for twelve minutes.  (I will not introduce Word Work for a few more weeks.)  The progress they've made in just the past couple of weeks is tremendous.  They've all learned to tell stories based on pictures, and several kiddos have started reading the words.  I'm one proud teacher!

I love their smiles!

The kids earned "super special star glasses" when we reached 6 minutes of reading stamina.  They love them!

  Daily 5 is my absolute favorite part of the day.  I love looking out and seeing my kiddos immersed in reading and writing.  


We use Reading Street curriculum to guide our Language Arts curriculum.  Honestly I think it's a bit all over the place, but I'm making it work!  We played quite a few partner games this week to help solidify some of the skills.  

The kids practiced rhyming by matching images of rhyming words.  This was also a great opportunity for some of my ELL kids to learn new vocabulary words.  (Snail for example.)

We also played a syllable game.  One student flips over a card and counts the number of syllables in the image shown.  They then move that number of spaces.  Easy peasey lemon squeezey.  

See the counting happening?

Games make everyone happening!

We also had fun with some fall-themed math stations.  I was so busy working with small groups that I didn't have a chance to take pictures, but check them out on TPT.  Two are FREEBIES!  I promise they're lots of fun!

Apple Counting Book

Fall Roll and Cover

Fall Number Puzzles

Apple War

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Falling into September

It's my favorite linky party of all... Currently with Mrs. Farley!

Listening:  I suppose I brought this upon my myself.  I surprised my boyfriend with an Xbox One as a housewarming gift when we moved in June.  Luckily, he later  invested in some excellent headphones, so I only have to listen to things being blown up some of the time :)
Loving:  My new class is awesome!  They are full of energy and enthusiasm.  And they get along with each other so, so well!  (I hope I didn't just jinx it!)

Thinking:  I absolutely, positively love my job , but it's still nice to have fun things to look forward to on the weekends.

Wanting:  I need time to blog, workout, relax, read, etc.  How am I supposed to fit it all in?

Needing:  So my Target sandals have finally bit the dust. It's too late in the season to buy another pair of sandals, so I need a pair of shoes that will transition nicely into cooler weather.
I ordered these Toms yesterday, but I'm not completely sold. Any other suggestions?

3 Trips:  If you haven't picked up on this yet, trips are my thing!  I'm all about trips!  In Morocco I want to ride a camel through the desert, in Turkey I want to visit the Grand Bazaar, and in Kenya I want to take an African Safari!

Have a wonderful September!