2 Scoops of Kindergarten

Friday, December 27, 2013

New Years Resolutions!

I guess I can't ask my kindergartners to make goals if I haven't made some for myself - right?  So I am linking up with a Peach for the Teach in her 2014 Resolution link up! What a great idea!

My Personal goal every year is to eat healthier and to exercise more.  This does not always happen but every year I try to make this happen.  I think 2014 is my year! (Ha - I have to think positive - right?!)  As far as living in the present, sometimes I feel I am so wrapped up in my work I forget to look up and enjoy my own children and family - so this year I am feeling freer to put work aside and give them extra time just for them and their needs.  

My Professional goal - I just started TPT at the end of the summer and have enjoyed creating lessons and resources soooo much.  I feel it has made me a better teacher and co-worker.  I can make lessons geared to what my students need and if it works for them how great it is to share for other teachers out there.  If the students are engaged, they will learn!  

Classroom goal is to get more organized!  I guess that is all that needs to be said! :)  I am lucky I have a very organized teaching partner.  :) Yeah!

Blog/TPT goal is to keep doing what we are doing.  Both our blog, facebook page and TPT are fairly new and we are doing all right !  :)

Just - for - fun - I started TPT with the goal of making enough money for a family vacation.  Well...I am thinking of a nice warm spot by a pool with a fancy drink with an umbrella right about now.  

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Happy New Year 2014!

What a wonderful break I know I have had .... and I know Rick is too - he is in sunny Myrtle Beach (I'm a little jealous) any way.... I am starting to think about school in-between having fun and here is my Happy New Years  bulletin board from last year that I put up when we get back.  
The kinders start to think about their goals for the rest of the school year.  They do a pretty good job when we brainstorm about counting in Math, reading longer stories, writing using spaces and capitals and periods....the list is long and they know(well..most of them and some I need to help out) where they are at and where they need to be by the end of the year.  Those that exceed have first grade goals and they feel pretty proud of that! Here is a sheet for them to fill out and put under their Happy New Year face.

Click here for your copy.

Rick just created the cutest BUILD a BEAR (New Years version) for his class.  I know I will be doing this with my class when we get back!
You can check it out at our TPT store.  Just click on the picture or here. :)
Enjoy the rest of your break and have a safe and Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Snowmen All Year Long!

This year winter started early and the children have been having a BLAST in the snow! So I am incorporating a lot of snowmen in my lessons. I just bought this snowmen book at the Scholastic book fair Snowmen All Year  by Carolyn Buehner and thought this would be fun to review seasons with the kinders.

 I just downloaded a FREE SMART board activity that can help your kiddos too. Click here.

In order to add to the fun (ha) I created graphic organizers and writing books to go along with this SMART board activity. There are two different versions to accommodate the level learners we have in our classroom.  Here is a glimpse.  You can find this at our tpt store (here).

Enjoy and stay warm! 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Holiday Wishes

Our kindergarten classroom consists of 26 children with many different backgrounds.  I couldn't be more excited to have this diverse group of children to learn from and to witness their growth in not only English but all areas of academics and social awareness.  Most of the children were born in the United States but a lot of their parents were not.  I have parents from India, Philippines, South America, Mexico, Poland, Korea and Albania. There are families who are Greek, African American and like myself a mixture of a little bit of everything. :)
 Some children spend a full day in kindergarten and then go to other schools to learn more about their language and/or religion.  This time of year we spend a part of it learning about the different customs our families continue even though being far away from the country of their birth.  I have had families who celebrate Eid, Diwali, St. Lucia, Las Pasadas, Orthodox Christmas as well as Christmas.  
Because it is kindergarten, we take a fun journey around the world following the Gingerbread Man who runs from country to country and learn all about these celebrations.  Also, as homework families send back a page or two about their special traditions in their house and we all learn from each other. 
Here is the world map, underneath are the celebrations which we read throughout the month and then post for the whole school to be able to read too.  I have had children bring in special costumes, statues, and fabulous pictures to explain more about themselves and their families. It truly is a special time!

Last week we also discussed what our holiday wish would be...of course the first thing for them would be toys ..so we brainstormed other wishes we could have. I thought they did a nice job. Here are few examples.  Aren't they sweet? 

My holiday wish is helping my family.

My holiday wish is to love and like one another.

My wish is that my cousin stays warm and my mom, dad and my sister stay warm.

 We also made snowman ornaments for their parents.  Due to the many celebrations in our classroom I did have to change the hand print tag added to their ornaments.  Here is a copy if you would like.What do you do in your classroom to incorporate your families' customs and traditions?


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

Teen Number Turkeys

The children had fun learning teen numbers by building their turkeys!  They really loved using our interactive whiteboard for this activity.  They got a kick out of clicking on the speakers and hearing the numbers read aloud as they built the turkeys.  Each child got to complete the activity and brought a printed copy home!  Check it out in our TPT store!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Run! Run! Run! Gingerbread man!

I love reading all of the gingerbread man books in December and the children love them too! I just finished a sight word packet gingerbread themed activities for the upcoming month.

I am very excited to try it out with my kiddos! You can check it out at our tpt account here.

Look for some math activities to follow too. 
We always hang up a gingerbread boy on our wall which the children enjoy describing him with a lot of great adjectives.
Hint:  Teachers who have smartboards, put  the picture on your computer and display on the smartboard, then with your paper taped to the smartboard trace your picture.  You then have a great picture every time.  You do not have to be a fabulous artist. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Wonderful Worm Investigations

This past week was one of the most exciting and memorable ones in kindergarten. It is when the kinders investigate worms. Some of the children start out being afraid until they learn about them and then they get such a kick out of touching the worms and using their magnifying glasses to really look up close.  They are relieved when they find out they don't have teeth and no eyes or brain. Not too scary then. Ha!

 I created this worm investigation unit which consists of science, math, language arts and a craft to add to the fun of our unit! Here is a little peek into this unit. 

Click here  to get this unit at our TPT store. The kindergartners 
loved it!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Fall Bulletin Boards

 It is hard to believe it is November already!  We put away all our apples and finished our pumpkin projects and now we are getting ready for our Thanksgiving play! Outside the kindergarten hallway is a big bulletin board for us to display our work!  We just took down the fall tree and we are putting up our Mayflower!  The kindergartners love to look at their work as they pass it every day and get so excited when something new goes up!(It does not take much to excite a kindergartner though!)

Do I use a lot of exclamation marks!!! Ha ha..I guess I am just as excited as my kindergartners.

Last year I could not find the brown paper for the tree so we made a spooky black tree with an owl inside!  The children apple stamp on paper and we make colorful leaves from that.  The kinders write about what they can do in the fall.

For the pilgrim faces we use paper plates, the girls color their bonnets and the boys have pilgrim hats.  It is always so funny how they some how can make a simple paper plate come to life with their own personality.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Spider Counting Fun! Freebie!

The kids had a great time making these spiders and practiced counting by tens to 100!
Click HERE to download this file.  Have fun!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Using QR codes in the classroom

As teachers we are always looking for new ways to engage our students. We are fortunate to have ipads in our classrooms and I know others do too.
 I have been noticing QR codes are popping up all over the blog world and  was curious about them, but didn't know if I had time to figure out how to go about making them. 

So...I jumped in and here is a step by step process that I went through.  It is a pretty easy process once you get started. 
You need to first download the QR Reader app which is free on to your ipads. 

Hope this helps if you are interested.  Have you found other ways to create and use QR codes? Click here for your copy.