2 Scoops of Kindergarten

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.

Looking for a deal at Oriental Trading? Visit their coupon page for the latest in sales.

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

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Top Wishlisted Items Linky!

Hi Everyone, I am excited to join this wishlist linky to let you know of our top wishlisted items!

 Class Rules & Procedures is our best seller! I can not tell you enough how this has helped my kindergarten classroom! When expectations are clear, there is no question on what should happen. This is a perfect product to introduce at any time of the year when you feel your class needs some extra help with behavior. Your principal will also love to see these out on your walls too! :) I have a lot of these rules right on my SMARTboard., so I know they will see them every day.

 Kindergarten Narrative writing is something kinders love to do! This year I presented their narrative writing to their parents at conferences and added a QR code so they could have a keepsake of their child's writing forever. They are always so proud of their writing!


Composing & Decomposing was so helpful for my class. They were so successful after using this fun product! I hope your students enjoy these too! 

Check to see all of these other fabulous  bloggers top wishlisted products too. Click on the picture below or click here.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Team Teaching in Kindergarten - How it has worked for us!



Hi! I want to let you know about a new adventure I embarked on this year or should I say "we". My teaching partner, Eryn and I decided to take the wall down in-between our two rooms and "team teach". Well, most people thought "Are you crazy?" or "Why would you do that?" ... so yes, we had to really think about this before jumping in.  We spent A LOT of time this summer rearranging our classroom with our students in mind. We had two small rooms which we did not fit so nicely into. We managed but really were cramped for space. So the first thing we did was decide what we were going to keep and what were we able to get rid of to make this work out.  We got rid of a lot!! We did get rid of big pieces of furniture, we combined a lot of curriculum because we only needed 1 of some items. Our library was consolidated into one big area for all of our students which can easily be accessed.  Students are able to spread out now amongst two classrooms. 


A big part of what our goal this year was to create a "calm" classroom. Our colors are mostly shades of blue, green, black, white and grey. We built fish containers with our students and put them at each table. The tables that were purchased for us have played an important part of increasing student collaboration. They are  2 trapazoids put together and can fit 6 around. We had long tables prior to this which were hard for our students to all see each other and communicate. A lot of flexible seating was added so spreading out and going to a place where you feel comfortable to work was now much easier. Organization is what is helping us find everything we need! We labeled all of our containers, books, supplies, centers etc...

A wall was kept up by our rugs in the front of the room so we can still have two different lessons up and running at the same time. The students are all engaged in what the activity is and the two lessons do not interfere with each other. This allows us to differentiate the lessons according to student ability.

Well, we thought we were going to have a combined class of 40 ~ it did go up to 46 students. (which we have found still very doable) Here are some pictures of what our room looks like. 
We are thrilled so far at how this has worked out and will continue to update all of you ~ 
Yes! I would definitely suggest trying this approach to teaching....  though I am not sure if it would work with everyone ~ it takes a lot of collaboration, consideration to make it work! But when it does, it is a magical place for your students! :)