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 Miss M 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 M 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!
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