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