Saturday, February 25, 2012

I have a spring in my step!

I don't know if it's because we have not had much snow this winter, but I just can't wait until spring. I can wear my capris and sandals, iced coffees are flowing and the weather is getting warmer! Here is my latest emergent reader just posted to TPT. The clip art is from

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Community Helpers Freebies and President's Day

Yes, I know I said in my last post that I was going to rest and relax,but..I wanted to give you just a few freebies I made for my unit about community helpers. I have found so many great ideas on other blogs, too! Be sure to check out the great activities on Growing Kinders - amazing!!!

Here you go!

I also wanted to share a picture of my Venn Diagram and President's Day project.
Happy President's Day everyone!

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Community Helpers Emergent Reader

I am officially on my February break. Wahoo!!! We are off for the next week and I am in need of some rest and relaxation. Before I could get some of that much needed R&R, I made a new emergent reader. I will be focusing on Community Helpers during the beginning of March. Be sure to check back for some freebies. You can check out my new reader by clicking on the picture below and visiting my store on TPT!

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine Math Freebie

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. My weekend was very busy! My children made out their valentine cards, I made valentine goody bags for my students and I was even able to squeeze in a trip to the Dollar Tree. When I was there I found these really cute heart containers. I am going to fill each container with conversation hearts. We are still practicing how to properly form our numbers in the teens, so I will fill them with certain numbers 11-20. I am also going to label each box from 1-8, so the containers correspond to the numbers on the sheet. Enjoy!

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Monday, February 6, 2012

At-Home Reading Program

I am really fortunate to have very supportive families in my classroom. So at this point of the school year, I send home an optional at-home reading program. This year, almost every family decided to participate!

For the program, the children receive special reading journals. The students choose a book from a special bin and bring both the book and journal home in a Ziploc bag. I glue a list of comprehension questions to the inside of the journal and the children are required to answer one question about the book they read.

When they return the journal I usually write a short comment back to them. Then, they pick a new book to bring home. Here are the letters and forms I use:

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Absolutely In Love!!

One of my best friends just shared a wonderful book with me. Don't you love when you find out about a new fantastic book? It is called Plant A Kiss by the dynamic team of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter Reynolds.  Thank you Gina!!!  I made a writing prompt to go along with the theme of the book. Enjoy!

Here is the video. Enjoy!

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Friday, February 3, 2012

No More Letter of the Week

When I moved from first grade to kindergarten, this was one of the first books I purchased. I absolutely love the title and the entire philosophy of the book. If you are not familiar with the book or "program", I really encourage you to read the book. Rather than focusing on just one letter per week, each student in the class becomes a letter expert.

Typically, you will explore about two to three letters per week. The child brings home a sheet (provided in the book) describing their letter assignment. They are asked to bring in small items from home that start with their letter the next day. Gradually,you create an alphabet wall and each child is responsible for teaching the class about the letter. Each letter also has a poem to go along with it. Then, you revisit the wall on a weekly basis, chant the poems, and review the letters and sounds.

After the wall is complete and each child has been assigned a letter, I have them make letter expert books. The students think of three words that start with their letter and illustrate each page. Once all of the books have been completed, we place all of them in a basket in front of the wall.

 Here is what the wall looks like before you begin:

My board is now complete, so I will post another picture later. It's great to see the finished product!

Here is a copy of the letter expert book:

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Short Vowel and Word Families: Freebie!

Before teaching kindergarten, I taught first grade for eight years. Although we learn about all of the short vowel sounds in kindergarten, we really examined them closely in first grade.We did a lot of activities for the short vowels and word families. I used to do projects for each vowel and I sent home a sheet for them to list short vowel words for review. I compiled all of my ideas into one unit. Here it is for you to enjoy!

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