2 Scoops of Kindergarten

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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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February Blog Hop

Hello friends, don't you just LOVE February? We do at 2 Scoops of Kindergarten and are here to help you LOVE February even more! First, we are so excited to introduce the contributors of our collaborative blog Conversations from the Classroom! We are having a Blog, Facebook and Instagram hop to introduce all of us and to also have some giveaways, sales and raffles just for YOU! 




Here is a little bit about me:

I have been teaching full day kindergarten for 10 years and really love it! I have 4 children of my own and a husband who is also a teacher! I work in a unique school that has many wonderful families from around the world. I create products always with my diverse students in mind. Using engaging pictures and a lot of manipulatives always helps!  
Here is one product I would  LOVE to give away to one of you... my class loves MATH...(this product would work for a K-2 classroom too!) February Valentine Math Mats!





With these fun math mats I use target heart erasers as manipulatives to help with their counting skills but you could use felt hearts, candy,  or counters also.                                
Enter to win here....




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Please visit all the contributors to our new blog. Follow along to see my friend, Julie from Big Ideas for Little Hands, click here.
 


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Plays in Kindergarten

Hey!

Do you do plays with your Kinders? We usually try to do one each season! In the beginning of the year we do "The Little School Bus" play. It is super simple, but gets them talking and in front of the camera! The parents also love having this shared with them right away! Around Thanksgiving we do "The Very First Thanksgiving" play. This one is a little more difficult, but nonetheless priceless! Around this time in the year we do "5 Little Snowmen". The link is below to watch!

I am curious if anyone else does plays with their kinders, and if so which ones?! We are always looking for new ideas and would love to try some more in our classroom.

We have noticed the easiest way to share the plays is create on iMovie and share via youtube. If you click "unlisted" only parents with the link can view, it is not public to the whole Youtube world, which makes me much more comfortable!

Enjoy 5 Little Snowmen :)

Click to view 5 little snowmen

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Hello!

Hi everyone!

My name is Eryn and I am the 2nd scoop of 2 scoops of Kindergarten. Gloria (the first scoop!) and I team teach Kindergarten and love it! This is our first year trying it, and it has been going great! 

A little bit about me- This is my 5th year teaching Kindergarten. I knew I wanted to teach K right away, ever since I student taught in that grade. Love the little ones! Can't imagine teaching anything else! I got married last August and am expecting my own little one this June! (Right after school ends!) I am also finishing up my master's in reading to get my reading specialist license. Busy, busy, but loving every minute of it!

Enough about me, I wanted to share with all of you a wonderful management piece that we have been using in Kindergarten for a few years now. Do you notice your kinders have trouble lining up? Are they becoming restless in the middle of the year and are they having difficulty getting quiet in line? We have been using my "line up dots" to help the students know where to stand in line and it has worked miracles! Each child gets assigned a number, and they know that is their specific number for the whole year. This helps so much with separating the talkers, etc.! I am obsessed with my silhouette cameo machine and have been making and selling these dots on etsy for around 2 years now! They can be custom made to include a line leader, door holder, electrician, etc. I can also do custom colors. They are also great because they peel right off the floor, unlike the box tape we were using in years past! If you are interested I have the link to my store below!

Check out my store at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/erynskindercreations


Thank you for taking time to read my first post! Hope to share and learn a lot from all of you in the future. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 Here We Come! (Freebies too!)

Happy New Year - 2017!

Are you returning to school this week? Well, I have some ideas for you to start your year off without any worries! When the kiddos come back they are pretty excited to see each other but also very, very tired. Some of them have not been on a schedule for the two weeks of vacation. So easing into the schedule and not expecting 100% from all of them is important or there might be some tears.

1. I have students sit around the rug and we pass a beanie around. When the student has a beanie - no one else can talk. I usually tell them we are going to do this ahead of time - I tell the kinders to start thinking of one fun thing they did over break they would like to share. They can pass but I will go back to them before finishing.  (This activity helps because they are all dying to tell you about their vacation - but 24 kiddos all at once is not possible )

2. Have a quiet time ~ some time during your day! This coloring sheet is perfect...Click here for your freebie.  Crayons or markers can be used or Kwik stix!  They are perfect for this! Kwik stix are paint sticks that are so colorful and fun - you do not need water or brushes! No mess! Click here for more information.


3. Have a fun activity that students will love. This is where this 2017 Build a Bear is just the trick! 



Wouldn't every student love to put together their very own holiday build a bear?! They can choose from a girl or boy and various dresses, shirts, boots, ties, hats....etc. Here is the hat I chose! :)






Here is a free writing activity to go with your Holiday build a bear for you!



Have a great 2017 school year and check back for more ideas for your classroom! :)

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Snowman Ornaments & Gingerbread Fun with Oriental Trading ~ & a freebie!

Hello Friends! Are you a little stressed out this time of year getting everything ready for the holiday? Well, that is how I normally feel ~ the holiday comes so FAST and I am scrambling! This year I was a little more prepared with the help of Oriental Trading

Every year I have done this handprint craft for my parent present. With such a diverse classroom, I need to think of everyone, so snowmen work perfect!  I just can't think of what is more precious than their child's little hand keepsake. Each year I try and improve....this year I am so happy to have found Oriental Trading and their silver and gold plastic ornaments.... boy did they come out cute!
I have learned a few things over the years which I would like to share:

1. Make sure your ornament is not glass but plastic ~ glass -they will not make it home in one piece. (My first year I used glass ornaments - :(  )
2. Get some help with painting the details (very lucky my Aunt does this for me) This part of the process takes a lot longer than you think. (we have a class of 45 though)
3. Make sure you write names of the child next to the ornaments because the handprints all start looking alike. (We wrote them right under the ornament in the box  ~ worked perfect to use for drying too) I put stickers on them one year and they started falling off. 




Here is the poem I attach to the ornament (2 versions)





With that out of the way (whew!) we need to have some FUN learning! Well, our classroom turned into a gingerbread land! Guess who came to visit?! We had so much fun!! Our librarian dressed up in a gingerbread costume . We spent the morning reading all the different gingerbread books. Then wrote about our favorite one! We took a picture of each child in front of the gingerbread house to add to their parent's gift. Check out Oriental Trading for more decorations and crafts!



Here is our gingerbread house the kinders just LOVE it!


(Here is the structure before we put the paper around it. Our gingerbread house is made from pvc pipes. We did add some windows too...So I could see from my guided reading table. (I do see this structure turning into a barn for the spring.) I can't take credit for putting this together - my fabulous husband did this.

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