2 Scoops of Kindergarten

Monday, February 12, 2018

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Winterizing our classroom

Hi everyone!

As many of you know, we teach in an open classroom. Our space is small, but we love to make it our own. This week we decided to add teen number double ten frame table numbers to reinforce our math! We also put up these adorable paper lanterns from Oriental Trading to spice it up a bit in here! Our favorite classroom color is teal! We really are trying to declutter and keep our space simple, yet inviting, and felt these were perfect additions! What do you use in your classroom for table numbers? Would love to see some other ideas!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Holiday gift

Every year we have had our students create a gift for their parents around the holidays. Since our classroom is so diverse we like to have it not be Christmas specific. For our gift we have students put their handprint onto an ornament and Gloria's mom paints the snowmen! We then attach a "Five Little Snowmen" poem to it and we have the perfect holiday friendly gift for the parents. The ornaments are purchased from Oriental Trading and are the perfect size for our small Kinders hands! The paint also adheres to them very well and it is not glass, which we know would break the second they get onto the bus!

This year we decided to spice up our ornaments and ordered adorable coloring gift bags and beautiful tissue paper from Oriental Trading. Our students colored the bag themselves and loved it! Perfect activity to do the day before Christmas break! They were SO excited to give their gift to their parents! (We stuffed the tissue in for them!)

Here is the finished product! Thank you to Oriental trading for the ornaments, gift bags, and tissue! We will definitely be ordering again next year!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Classroom Management around the Holidays!

Many of us know classroom management can be challenging around the holidays! Students are excited for Christmas and can't seem to contain it! In our classroom we like to use many positive behavior tools. One we are trying this year involves "brag tags" or as we call them badges!

Each week we pass out badges for students who are exhibiting great behavior. They collect these badges on their name tag lanyard they wear around their neck. At the end of the week they can cash their badges in for prizes!! This five drawer cabinet from Target is perfect for sorting prizes into for students to cash in on.

Oriental Trading helped me tremendously in the prize department! They have the cutest items to choose from to fill up your prize storage system. Pictured below is what we purchased. 

Depending on how many badges the student earned that week determines which drawer they will choose from on Friday. The bigger prizes such as the puppets would be in drawer 5 and the smaller prizes such as stickers or the leadership ribbons would be in drawer 1. The students were so excited to see our new prizes! I also loved how affordable Oriental Trading's prizes are! As we teachers know, items such as prizes come out of our money! We will continue to use this positive reward system through the holidays to encourage great behavior!

We'd love to hear your positive behavior system that you use around the holiday season! Please feel free to share in the comments!

PS: how cute are these Christmas rubber duckies?! We love them!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Flashlight Friday!

Hi Are you looking for some fun activities for a Friday afternoon? Why not make it Flashlight Fridays!! Turn the lights off and do some reading and games.

This is what I started in my classroom and boy did this help with the end of the week craziness!

After lunch/recess we always have a quiet time where students can regroup, relax and get ready for our busy afternoon. Well, by Friday the wiggles have returned and students are getting anxious for their weekend and thoughts of school are being replaced with soccer, video games and birthday parties! So...why not spice up your Friday afternoons with "Flashlight Fridays"!

Here is a little glimpse of my room ~ my students are reading to self with their different colored flashlights. They can hardly wait for this...gives a little more excitement to our soft music, quiet activity time!!

You can purchase your finger flashlights at Oriental Trading and many more glowing ideas!

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. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Trick or treating tips

With Halloween quickly approaching our friends at Sam Leman Toyota have shared a poster filled with safety tips!! Check it out before you head out for the night! Happy Halloween!


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Oriental Trading to the rescue! Halloween style

Hey everyone!

It's been a while. I have been on maternity leave with my super sweet daughter, Caroline! I had her in June and was lucky enough to get the summer off with her as well as 12 weeks at the beginning of the year. I sure do miss the kinders, but it has been a true blessing to be home with her as well!

So, as us mommy's know-we want pictures for every holiday. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. It can add up and get SUPER pricey, especially from a professional photog. Well, I decided to check out oriental trading and get a few props and take the pics myself. #maternityleavebudget

Here is what I purchased from Oriental Trading...

Peanuts backdrop

Pumpkin baby costume

Pumpkin string lights

And...here's our pics!!

Oriental Trading snoopy background on door and string lights on chair!

Checkout Oriental Trading! The string lights were a huge hit! Her pumpkin costume was adorable. Cheap and easy photo props for moms on a budget!

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!


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:
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.