Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I am having a fabulous week! I hope you are too! Here is what I'm loving this week:

1 - My weekend visit to Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach with Macy and my mom!
This weekend was Teacher Appreciation weekend at our local Ripley's Aquarium so I was able to get in for free and take up to 3 guests at a discounted price. We took Macy last year when she was 4 months old and she loved it but now she is 15 months old and she was loving seeing everything. She loved seeing the fish and the sharks. She even got to see the big sea turtle in the tank and the octopus. She was pointing and talking the whole time.
Pointing at the fish
The three of us after visiting the aquarium


2 - My kinders' writing!
They are doing such an excellent job drawing detailed pictures and labeling their drawings. I am so proud of them!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I just wanted to pop on with this quick post. I am loving so much this week and I wanted to share with all of you.

1 - The summer weather
The weather has been beautiful here in SC and we have been making the most of it.

2 - My new kinders
This is such a sweet group of kiddos and I am loving teaching them. They are such a mixture of personalities and keep me smiling.

3 - My sweet Macy
Her smile lights up the room. She gets so excited to see me when I get home to pick her from my mom's. It just thrills my heart!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

What's In a Name?

Last week, we began working on our names unit. I love this unit because it really helps familiarize the children with their own names and the letters that make up their names. I always have students who come in and cannot identify any letter in their names, but by the end of this unit most can identify at least their first letter. This is a fun unit for the kinders too because it is all about them and they are proud of their names.

This summer I purchased Deanna Jump's unit Literacy and Math Fun with Names. This is a great unit with some super fun activities. We did the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees she created. I made the rectangles for my students to practice cutting since many of them need to work on this skill. I thought they were so cute when they were finished.

I also made headbands for each child with their names. They loved making these and wearing them all day to show them off!

Lastly, we did this cute activity from Maggie's KinderCorner. The kinders had to write what letter their name started with, cut apart their letters and make their name, and then count how many letters were in their name.

This was definitely a well-loved unit in my classroom and I can't wait to do it again next year. Hope you are having a great start to your week!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The First Week of School

Well we have officially been in school for 7 days now. They have been some very busy but fun days so far. I have 20 lovable kinders that I am loving getting to know better. They are really a sweet group this year.

With the start of the new school year, I have been implementing the Daily 5 into my classroom routine. If you have not heard about it, it is a structure for ELA instruction. We have been working on introducing Read to Self and building our stamina. Today we made it up to 6 minutes. I was so excited! I know that isn't long but it has taken us 5 days to get there. Here are some pictures of them doing Daily 5.




I hope your first days back have been fun (and busy!) like ours! If you do Daily 5 in your classroom, I would love to know how it is going. I am nervous implementing a new program, but I think it will be great. Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BTS 2014!

Well tomorrow is the first day of school for my sweet little kinders. I know many of them are nervous and their parents are too, but I am sure we will have a great day. This year I am doing a farm theme in my classroom. I am very proud of the way my door turned out this year. It took a lot of hard work but looks great (in my opinion!).

Also tomorrow is the big one day back to school sale on TpT. Everything in my store is 20% off so head over and pick up some things you may have had on your wishlist!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Summer 2014 in Review!

I can't believe that I am back at school already. I know I have been MIA this summer but I have thoroughly enjoyed spending it with my sweet & very busy baby girl! So here's a quick recap of my summer vacation 2014 in pictures.


Excited about Mommy's first day out of school for summer!

Ready to go to the zoo!
Filling up her swimming pool
Having a tea party
Helping Daddy cut the grass with her bubble mower!
Putting her toes in the ocean for the first time!
Loving the waterpark!
Needless to say we have had a very busy and super fun summer! I have enjoyed every minute with my sweet girl. She is growing so quickly but doing so many cute things! I hope you had a great summer as well.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I am loving so much this week so I thought it was the perfect time to do another What I'm Loving Wednesday post!
 
1 - Summer break! This is my first week out of school and I am loving not having to set my alarm clock.
 
2 - Spending my days with my sweet Macy! She is so sweet and BUSY now that she is walking. She loves playing in her sandbox that she got for her first birthday.
 
3 - The beautiful weather! The days are so bright and sunny and perfect to play outside with my sweet girl! We are enjoying each one so far!
 
I hope you are having a great start to summer too! Happy Wednesday!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

iPad Fun!

I previously said that I have received an iPad through Donors Choose. I am still looking for good educational apps for it so any suggestions would be appreciated. The apps that I have downloaded have been loved by my kinders. They are loving using it during small group time.

This is a sight word app where each piece of fruit has a different sight word on it. The app says a word and the kiddo has to touch the fruit with that word on it. I love it!!

This is the Storia app from Scholastic. I have some free books that I have downloaded for the kids to listen to.

If you have any other suggestions for some great apps, please let me know. Thanks a bunch!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I haven't done a What I'm Loving Wednesday in a LONG time but I just had to post one this week. I am loving a lot of things even though this is a super busy time with the end of school approaching.

1) Only 7 more school days until summer break!

2) My precious Macy's sweet face! She makes my days and nights and I just can't wait to be able to spend the entire summer with her.


3) The beautiful weather we are having! Our temps have been in the 80s and 90s and it is feeling like summer.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Best iPad Apps for Kindergarteners

I just received my new iPad from a Donors Choose grant. I am so excited but nervous since I have never used an iPad before. I am looking for free and inexpensive but very useful educational apps. Please let me know which apps you like to use in your classroom. Thanks!
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