2 Scoops of Kindergarten

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Apples, Apples, Oriental Trading & a freebie






Hi Everyone! I hope your new school year is going well! We have been in school for 21 days! A lot has happened in that short amount of time.....a lot of rules have been learned and procedures have been taught (we are almost ready to start seeing guided reading groups)  .... so before all of that happens we have our special Apple Week! Our school librarian kicks it off by reading and discussing nonfiction and fiction apple books.




The apple costume comes from Oriental Trading (look at the worm holding the book) The students were glued to our wonderful apple reader! So cute!
We spent time in every subject area using apples, sorting apples, measuring ourselves with apples....counting apple ERASERS







We counted apples in a ten frame with this very fun math apple power point games, you can check out here!


Look, we are scientists using our senses to find out more about our apples!

 We are still adjusting to our kindergarten afternoon....so we put on some quiet music and did some apple crafts! Thanks to Oriental Trading, we were able to write on our MAGIC color scratch apples and make beautiful tissue apples too!







And then of course we had to do some apple stamping! We use our beautiful apple stamped paper to make fall leaves for our tree in the hallway! Here is last years tree.



And for those of you looking for a companion activity to Ten Apples Up on Top, here is a free Math activity to help your students  use the ten frame help them add to 10!


Thanks for dropping by 2 Scoops of Kindergarten!

Disclaimer: I received these products in exchange for a review on my blog. The opinions expressed on my site are my own, and were not influenced by the company or free product provided. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Self Portraits & Kwik Stix

Hi Everyone! This is Gloria and I have to tell you about one of my favorite art supplies in our kindergarten classroom.

Kwik Stix are paint sticks that dry super fast and are soooo easy to use. No more paint brushes,
water containers, and messy paint to clean up.





We have been using these for a few years now. We bring them outside to paint but also in the classroom. We just loved using them in our self portraits! They turned out so cute!










Kwik Stix can be purchased at Target, Amazon, Pencil Grip.com  and BJ's Wholesale Clubs.

Disclaimer: I received these products in exchange for a review on my blog. The opinions expressed on my site are my own, and were not influenced by the company or free product provided. 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

How You Can Use Seesaw in Your Kinder Classroom




Hi Friends,

This is Gloria! I wanted to pass on to you about this great app I used last year in my kindergarten classroom. It is called Seesaw. I loved it so much I became an Ambassador for Seesaw!

Seesaw is a an awesome free, digital portfolio you can use with your students and also a great communication tool for your parents! 



Your students will be able to take a photo, video, draw or write a note. What is great is that they then can record their voice and explain their work. The  teacher is also able to add a file or a link, if you would like your students to work on something more specific. We know in kindergarten that students have to talk about it before they can write about it. This is perfect for kinders as they draw and explain it first. They can label pictures and then write too. 

Once your students work is done, teachers are able to approve and then parents will be able to see and comment. What is great about Seesaw, they provide many videos to assist you. 

The parent communication is fabulous, because you can send messages to all or just to one. We are able to see who reads our messages, which is great because we can then reach out to those who did not. We happen to have families from all over the world and there is a translation button to help us too! 
We are kicking off the year and really pushing for 100% of parents to link in to Seesaw so they can follow our videos, their child's work and receive messages from us. 
Along with our parent letters, we sent the qr code for parents to sign up ~ we left them a welcome message of introduction.



There is a paid portion of Seesaw and it is for recording data. With all of the assessments we need to do ~ this is a great way for us to have the ability to have it at our fingertips and also have a data collection for artifacts of their work. If you would like to try this premium features for free - follow the link below. 

Sign up today using my link and we’ll both get an extra month of their premium features for free!

https://app.seesaw.me/invite/?code=6-GXb8PVFy_vkKLwedElhPy1OAwRgLGENlyuTttQqLpihd8GFbkNtytVLvGV6dtbPHU0r56gT54Wkq0meuEV9g%3D%3D&type=REF

Let me know if you need help getting going - I think you'll love it.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Self Correcting & Interactive Kindergarten Math & Literacy Centers & a Freebie!


Hi Friends, Are you looking for some new, fun and engaging math & literacy centers? Well, I know I am always looking for new ideas and when I saw this idea .... I started creating!

These math and literacy centers are task cards with interaction. 
Self checking, independent stations are always a little difficult and these are so simple. There is some prep for these centers. There are six cards to a sheet. I suggest you print them on card stock, laminate and cut them out. Then you will need to hole punch and circle the correct answer on the back.

 Once I had the prep done I put each poke card packet in a container with a set of poke sticks. Voila ~ ready for the rest of the school year! You can use them for centers, guided reading and math, and differentiate for your students needs. 



The container I purchased at a big discount at Michaels. I believe these also can be purchased on Amazon or the  Container Store
Here is a link for this product at Michaels. Click here. 


For the cute cover for the container click on the picture or here. 
Now let's talk about the poke sticks. I found these adorable poke sticks (cupcake picks) from Oriental Trading. I loved these fishing poles and I knew the kindergartners would too! I found buttons, space and train signs and so many more - Oriental Trading was my favorite, my go to! You can also find poke sticks at Starbucks, the Dollar Store, Party Stores and any place you can purchase coffee stirrers and cupcake picks. Here are some pictures of the containers I created. 





The poke cards I created with my kinders in mind, I hope your kinders love these too. Enjoy this freebie.

You can purchase these poke cards separately or the money saving bundle ~ Kindergarten Bundle, click here
The Bundle 
Poke cards cover these areas:
Rhyming
Beginning & Ending Sounds
CVC missing vowel
Sight Words
Uppercase & Lowercase letter match
Number bonds to 10 (Decomposing & Composing)
Adding to 10 (with support - dice)
Adding to 10 
Subtraction within 10
How Many? Counting & Cardinality
Greater than, Less than and Equal too

Thank you so much for reading, have a great school year!


Disclaimer: I will be compensated for this post but all of my remarks are my opinion.





Friday, July 7, 2017

5 Reasons Why I'm So Excited About BOOM Learning!


Hi Everyone, this is Gloria from 2 Scoops of Kindergarten! I want to tell you something that I am sooo excited about - I just had to share!! It is about Boom Learning! What? You haven't heard - okay let me tell you about why I can hardly wait for my kinders to start.


 REPORTS OF STUDENT PROGRESS
Boom cards are interactive lessons created by teachers! They are interactive digital task cards you can use on your modern devices.(ipads, computers, interactive whiteboards, kindles, iphones). Maybe you are like me, looking for ways to implement digital stations. I have 6 ipads and 5 computers in my classroom. We have many apps we love, I am just not sure what they are doing at these independent stations at all times. Well, once you sign up at Boom Learning you can get playing right away or you can put in your classroom names and get a report on how they are doing - WOW! That is all I needed to hear and I was signed up and ready to go! For TPT purchases you can sign up for this feature on Boom Learning for free for the first year up to 80 students!

SELF CHECKING
I wanted my students to be able to work independently and these boom cards are self checking and have audio in some cases. I started creating right away and have not been able to stop. For some cards my students needed the audio piece so they would not be asking me what the picture is....so I recorded my voice (amazing - I will not have to repeat what the picture is for beginning sounds, rhyming etc...) 

GOING PAPERLESS!
I am not getting rid of my task cards my students LOVE them! This is just another way to engage and differentiate for our busy classroom. And I won't have to print, cut, laminate and clean them - YEAH! All the PREP time is gone!

Homework/Assessments
Since you will know by looking at the reports who does not understand a skill, you can assign them to work on these digital cards at home! Okay not like homework at all. You will have a passcode to send home with your students. Also, assessments (especially for the younger student can be very time consuming - since students will have to answer questions about topics you teach, you can use these as assessment for their learning! 

FREE & FREE

Not only are there many free games out there, you can sign up for free! As I said you have a year to use Boom Learning Classroom reports but will have your decks you purchased forever to play.

Just a Reminder…Any set of Boom Cards purchased on TpT allows you to forever play the Boom Cards using Fast Play. Fast Play does not save student progress reports but does provide you and your students unlimited and lifetime play of the decks you purchase from TpT. In addition, Boom Learning will give customers who are new to Boom Cards, for one year, and at no charge, the ability to collect and maintain student progress reports for up to 80 students. To collect and maintain student progress reports, you must assign students individual usernames and passwords. At the end of the one-year period, you will need to purchase a paid account to continuing saving student reports so that you can view their progress. There are four levels of Boom memberships: There is one free level and 3 levels of paid subscriptions. All three levels of paid memberships are currently under $25 per year. Remember, at the end of the one-year free period, it is NOT required that you purchase a Boom membership. You will continue to be able to use all decks that you have purchased in  the “Fast-Play” mode.

Ok want to try...
To see my ELA Digital Task Card Bundle (Boom Cards) click here.



Friday, June 30, 2017

How to Bring A Multicultural PBL into Your Classroom!




Find out how this fabulous book; SAME, SAME but DIFFERENT by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw changed the direction of our Multicultural PBL. Keep reading to find out.

Hi Friends! This is Gloria and Eryn from 2 Scoops of Kindergarten! Hopefully you are all enjoying your summer! The summer (besides relaxing) is the perfect time to reflect on what good things happened in your classroom in the past school year and what you would like to change. We want to share with all of you about something that went very well in our classroom and maybe can work for yours too. :) 

One of the greatest accomplishments of last year was our multicultural PBL. (We call it our Passion Project - and you will see why.) We started out with the big question: How does the 21st Century Learner discover and understand cultures and traditions? This Passion Project ended up being so much more than learning about countries and traditions ... it became more about respecting how we are the same but how we are different. Since our classroom is made up of many families new to our country, we knew that this was a very important topic to embrace.

1. We surveyed our parents and grandparents to see who would like to come in and share stories, pictures, and artifacts with our students. Here is our survey we used. From their answers we were able to narrow the countries we were to focus on. We also decided to narrow our topics to be food, clothing, traditions, home/school and games/dance. The countries we researched were Mexico, Thailand, India, Germany, Greece, Poland and Serbia. *China also came in later but we did not do a Discovery Board on that country. *We also Skyped with a friend from England one day.

2. After each country was discussed we would write 2 facts about what we learned. Eventually we put all of their facts together and made it into a booklet.  

3. Next we created groups of students (about 6 per country) to take their learning a little bit further and make Discovery Education Boards (with help from our tech staff) for their particular country. We researched countries using Discovery Education, and Pebble Go web sites. The school library, and our local library also had many books from these countries.

4. In a true PBL(project based learning) we also needed to share what we learned with an audience. So the project was shared with our families, grandparents, and staff with a video and demonstration of our learning from our Discovery Ed boards and fact information booklet.  The class also sang a song Like Me and You (Raffi) and surprised their parents by singing hello in many different languages.(thanks to our music teacher) 






5. Here is where our PBL changed after learning about all of our countries by reading stories, watching videos, writing facts. We read the book Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw. The book is about 2 boys, one who lives in an American city and one who lives in India. They become pen pals and exchange letters and pictures. They learn they both are the same but different - and still they become best friends. 

We also showed the brown and white egg experiment which you will see on our video.





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Friday, March 24, 2017

#SpringBackin Giveaway!


We are joining an amazing group of teachers in a Spring Giveaway! We have been waiting for spring to arrive and it is here! So let's celebrate by having a giveaway!





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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Math Task Cards to keep them Engaged!

Hi Everyone!

Are your students getting tired of the same centers. Well, they need a change! They have become a little more independent and would love to work on these task cards - I know because my students LOVE these!

 Just print, laminate and put into these great containers or put on a ring. I purchased these containers from Michaels.


So far, these are the task cards I have created. I plan on making more for my class and will share with all of you!








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