I love this time of year and I try to make it as fun as possible. This week, my kinders and I were knee-deep in our gingerbread unit. This is such a fun unit for me because we always read different versions of The Gingerbread Man/Boy story. This year, I read my kinders a different version each day and we compared the stories to see what was the same and what was different in each one. These are the perfect books to use with the Common Core standards too. My kinders loved hearing these stories and they were learning while having fun! Here are the ones we read:
If you would like some more ideas to use for a gingerbread unit, please visit this post from last year.
I am enjoying my Thanksgiving break with my family for the last day but I wanted to drop by to let you all know that I am throwing a Cyber Monday/Tuesday Sale in my TpT store. Everything in my store is 15% off! It will start tomorrow. Happy shopping everybody!
I forgot all about posting this last week. I seem to think about posting at the most odd times now...I guess "mommy brain" is setting in!
My kinders created a scarecrow using an old Mailbox/Teacher's Helper pattern. They chose their colors to use on the scarecrow. Then we wrote about what their scarecrow looked like using describing words. We have been working on color words so they had to tell what color each part of their scarecrow was and then they had to describe their scarecrow at the end. I was very pleased with their writing since many of them knew no letter sounds at the beginning of the school year.
Well I only have 2 days of school this week and then we are off for Thanksgiving break. I am so excited to have 5 days off with my sweet Macy. She is growing so quickly and I can't believe she is already 6 months old! She now has 2 teeth and is chewing on everything in sight. My afternoons are now busier than ever spending time with her so I don't have as much time for blogging anymore but I do still enjoy it when I get the chance.
Just swinging! Macy loves to be outside!
In school news, my kinders have been working on letter sounds, phoneme blending, counting to 100 by ones and tens, 2D and 3D shapes, and comparing objects by their length, weight, etc. I have a low group this year and these skills are giving them more trouble than my kinders normally have. I am hoping their little lightbulbs will start popping on after the break!
We have been working on fall this week and we will continue to work on it next week along with Thanksgiving. This is my favorite time of year and I love seeing all the leaves changing on my way to and from work.
To help my kinders understand a little better about fall we went on a fall walk. They were able to look at the way the leaves have changed and feel the crispness in the air. I am hoping this will help them be better writers since we are starting our All About Fall book next week. This is an informational book they will be writing about fall. It has 4 pages and we will do 1 page per day.
If you would like a copy of the book, head over to my TpT store to download it.
As I have told you in the past, our school district adopted the Houghton Mifflin Journeys reading series last school year. In order to help my kinders learn their sight words I have been following the series and focusing on one sight word per week. At the end of each unit there is a review week. For unit 2, I created this little review sheet. It will be a couple of weeks before I use it but I am sharing it now for those of you that are ahead of me in your school year. I hope you enjoy this little freebie! Happy Friday!
Since I missed the 100K Facebook Followers sale on TpT a few weeks ago, I am throwing my own Fabulous Fall Sale starting tomorrow! For the next 3 days (Friday-Sunday) I will have everything in my TpT store 15% off. Just click on the link below to visit my TpT store. Happy Fall Y'all!
I know I haven't been on my blog much lately, but I am so busy with home and school right now. I hate to know how many blog posts I haven't read on some of my favorite blogs. I am still trying to get into the swing of things! Although I haven't been blogging I have been creating some new things to use with my kinders and I have posted two of them to TpT.
I created a couple of category sorting games to use with my kinders in small groups and literacy stations. The Categories Categories Pack is a set of 2 games to help kindergs practice sorting picture cards into the correct category. My kinders love playing these games now that they are in my literacy stations. The pack is $2.50.
I also created a Fall Ready To Go Printables Pack. This pack is just like the pack I created for May except these are fall themed and more appropriate for my kinders at this point in the school year. These are great activity sheets for morning work, independent work or even literacy and math stations. There are currently 11 sheets in the pack but I will be adding some more sheets to the pack as I create them. Each sheet is aligned with at least one Common Core standard and it is listed at the top of the page. This pack is $4.00.
Happy Friday everyone! I have been so busy this year I haven't even had a chance to tell you about my current Donors Choose project to try to get an iPad in my classroom. I am currently doing the Limeades for Learning voting for my project to hopefully get it funded through Sonic. I would love it if you would take the time to vote with your email address. Each email address gets one vote per day. You can also get vote codes by making a purchase at Sonic. Each vote code is worth 2 votes and you can put in as many as you want each day.
Well as you all know I have been out of blogging this summer so I somehow missed when everyone went onto Blog Lovin' but thanks to the tutorial on Kickin' It In Kindergarten, I was able to sign up too! Now please click on the link below to follow me on Blog Lovin'! Thanks everybody!