2 Scoops of Kindergarten

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! 

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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! :)

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Thanksgiving Linky & Freebie!

Hi Everyone! November is here ! We love this month in kindergarten because of all the fun centers, activities, our Thanksgiving play and of course our holiday at home with our families!

We are very busy this month  talking about how many ways can you make 5? 
This free Thanksgiving math resource is perfect for your math center this month. Put these turkey sheets in sleeves, add some feathers and you and your students will have a fun, easy resource. 

This free Thanksgiving math resource also comes with an I can statement. The I can statement helps students know exactly what the expectations are for the center.

How many ways can you make 5?

Students can then show their learning on this turkey worksheet. Click here for this free resource.
The full product can be viewed here.

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