Friday, August 26, 2011

Green Monsters & Shape Monsters

Today was Green Day!  Green day is a always a blast because we do some really fun activities with the book Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley--this is definitely a must read on green day!  We made our very own green monsters as well as a class BIG monster.  This activity is always so much fun!

We also have been learning our shapes this week 
and today we made shape monster glyphs.  

Here is the Glyph for the shape monster.
Shape Monster Glyph
Here is the sheet to analyze the data from the glyph.
Analyze Data for Shape Monster Glyph

Brown Bear Activities & Center Fun

WOW!  What a great first FULL week of school we have had.  :)  Our system decided that since we would be starting on a Monday this year that it would be best if our Kinders only did half days and MAN what a difference it has made.  I feel like my kiddos know SO much for it to only be the 2nd week of school and they are all doing great!  We continued with the book Brown Bear this week.  Here is a look at what all we accomplished this week.

We are making a Brown Bear book.  Here are the first 5 pages.
Monday-we painted the bear with hot chocolate/paint/shaving cream
Tuesday-we glued torn tissue paper to the bird
Wednesday-we glued yellow yarn to the duck
Thursday-we put blue glitter on the horse
Friday-we put green crinkle paper on the frog
Stay tuned for next weeks post to see the finished products of the rest.

I got this  and the next center from Mrs. Lee.  Cute Cute!

I also got this from Mrs. Lee
 Click HERE to purchase her Brown Bear unit from her TPT store.

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend!  :)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Cricut Creations! :)

I have had my cricut for about a year now but I am just got around to doing somethings for my classroom this summer.  Here are some of my creations.  :)

This is a REALLY old cardboard mail center that was falling apart that a fellow teacher of mine was giving away so I got my sweet husband to glue it back together and spray it purple and I cut out the cute numbers on my Cricut and here is the finished product.  Cute HUH?  :)
I always tape some sort of dicut to the floor for my kiddos to stand on and they ALWAYS end up looking pitiful by Christmas so this year i tried something different.  I used my Cricut to cut out circles and numbers and then I put the vinyl on the floor.
I will let you know how it works.  :)
I cut out vinyl shapes to put on my small group instruction table.
My new snack bucket

What an AWESOME first week of Kindergarten!!!!  One of my favorite books to read at the beginning of the school year is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?  My kiddos always love to read it and the best part about it is that you can use it to teach so many things.   

Brown Bear Mural Painting
I use this activity to introduce paint.

the finished product
retelling Brown Bear with storytelling props

making our own storytelling props

You can find this in Mrs. Lee's Brown Bear unit on her TPT store by clicking HERE!
It is definitely a MUST HAVE!  :)
These are the cards that I used to go on our Brown Bear Tour of the school.  I placed these throughout the school in places that my kiddos need to know how to find.  For example, I had one by the restroom, the office, the gym, the library, etc.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

And the Winner is......

#23 Mrs. G!!!!!  :)  

Congratulations!  Please send me an e-mail with your e-mail address so that I can send you your prize.  Thanks so much for making my first giveaway a success.  Stay tuned for more fun giveaways and posts!  :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

First Day of Kindergarten!!!

 Yesterday was the first day of school and boy did we have lots of fun!  Since we began the school year on a Monday our Kinders went home at 11:00 only giving us a few short hours together.  Although we were only together for a short time we sure did learn a lot.  I have some of the sweeties babies and I know this is going to be a GREAT year!  :)  Here are some pictures from our very first day of K!  

Dancing to Jack Hartmann's Hip Hop Tooty Ta.  If you do not have Jack's Music DVD's they are definitely a MUST HAVE!  :)

We also sang some Heidi Songs.This is also a DVD that is a must have! 
You will be absolutely AMAZED at how much these will help your little ones to learn their letters and sounds quickly.

practicing dots of glue

Our TLC David that Mrs. Lee came up with to go with the books that we read to learn about our rules and how to be a peacemaker -- David Goes to School, David Gets in Trouble, & No David!.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Classroom Tour

rug area



word wall

My new FAVORITE thing in my classroom.  
I inherited it from a great teacher friend of mine and 
it has helped me get SO much more organized.  

helper chart

storage for our supplies

small group instruction area

cute new stools for my small group table I found at Fred's

view from my teacher table

view when you walk into our classroom

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