29 September 2013

Colors and Slant boxes


Well last week was super awesome.
We went on our first field trip of the school year...
We went to an apple orchard.  It was too much fun.
I've never picked an apple from an apple tree before.
It was an amazing experience and the kids loved it!

I had so much fun I asked Mr. Roboto to take me this weekend.
We only live about 15 minutes away so we got up early Saturday morning and heading out.

Little did we know there would be a huge crowd of people...HUGE.
And Mr. Roboto hates crowds...
This is a picture of us before apple picking:
I was so excited and he clearly was not...
We didn't stay long but it was still a great experience.. and we had apple cider donuts!

This is us as we left...
He was so happy to leave.


But take a look at all the yummy apples we picked.

Jameson over at Lessons with Coffee, hosts a monthly linky all about caring for and supporting your fellow educators.  She has a great idea for themed boxes called Slant boxes.  Each month, you sign up to send a box to a teacher and you get to receive a box from another teacher.
It's a great opportunity to get to know other teachers from all over. I was linked up with the amazing Becky from Teaching, Learning and Loving.  She sent me some amazing goodies all around the theme "OMG, I can't believe I forgot..."
Here's a pic of my goodies!
Those papers in the background are personalized labels that Becky made for me!! How sweet! She even customized a page for my rainbow themed classroom! 
There are cards, Shout wipes, anti-bacterial, binder clips, pens and more....
And yes, that is an empty bag of Skittles.  That was my breakfast. Don't judge.

OMG! can you believe October is just days away!?
I can't believe we've been in school for a full month.
I think it might be because I have some of the most adorable kids in the world.
Next week, we are learning all about rainbows and colors.  
We get it to make a rainbow hat and listen to Pete the Cat over and over and over again.

I spent most of today working on a few new items that I'd like to add to my classroom this week.
I set up the vocabulary wall in our writing center to match the theme or unit we are learning about. 

We used these during our apple unit and the kids did a great job of reference the cards during their time at the writing center.  Here's a pic of my vocabulary wall.

I thought it might be a good idea to have something color related at my ABC center, so I made a quick and easy color word practice packet.  The kids have to spell out various color words.  Then, students use the included recording page to document show their learning.  The recording sheet asks for them to spell the word, color pictures, and draw a picture of something in that matching color.  Here are a few pics.


23 September 2013

Vera Appleseed

Hi Y'all!

Today we learned about Johnny Appleseed.

We started out apple unit last week to prepare us for Wednesday's field trip to an apple orchard.
I went to my very first apple orchard last year and had a blast!! I can't wait to go this year where I can pick apples...directly from the trees!!

I am so excited.

Back to Johnny.

We read the story Johnny Appleseed and talked about why we thought Johnny wore a pot on his, why he walked around with out shoes, and why might he have been a vegetarian.
The kids really loved learning about Johnny Appleseed...
Here's how we documented our learning.

I found a similar anchor chart on Pinterest and I thought it was so adorable!  The kids thought his extra large pot was hilarious.

Then, I pulled out the big guns.
I told them they were going to make their own pot hat!

Here's how we did it.

1.  I pre cut some large strips of construction paper, this would become the pot.

2.  I traced out pan handles.

3.  I created a quick little diddy for the kids to write their favorite kind of apple and a label to change their name to ____ Appleseed.

4.  Here is the final product.

Once I put on my pot hat I told the kids they could only call me, "Vera Appleseed".  They didn't.

I've got great kids.

Here's a link to make your very own Johnny Appleseed pot hat.


22 September 2013

Well Hello There!

Hi dear friends!

I've been gone for a minute.  I got caught up in the craziness of back to school, life and wedding planning.

Life threw us a curve ball...
and things right now are a little bit more difficult.  BUT...
They are things I can't control...I have to keep positive and hope that things will turn around...

In the meantime, if y'all could send positive thoughts our way..it would be greatly (and much needed) appreciated!

We are in our 3rd week of school and I must say...I just love these kiddos.
Of course, I love every group of kids every year...but this year...some of these little ones grabbed me by the heart at day one.

My school adopted the Fundations program this year and I am really enjoying it.  Sure there are quite a few things I need to get used to but for the most part...it has been so much fun! The kids are engaged and really enjoy "Echo" the owl.  Even though it is a somewhat scripted program, you still have room to make it your own.

I've been observing my kiddos and taking lots of informal assessments... and I think next week I'll be ready to start some small group work with them.  I don't want to jump into anything too heavy, but I do want to find out more information, so I can start to implement some of the strategies and suggestions from Jan Richardson's book.

I know I keep promising you a copy of my Kinder Pacing Guide...and then not delivering.  Well, I finally got around to making all necessary changes and uploading it for you.  I only have the guide completed up until December break but I'll add more as time goes on.  I left out the curriculum for writing because my team had yet to develop and agree upon a sequence for teaching Lucy Calkins.  I will be adding in that sequence as soon as possible.  Click here to get page one of the Kindergarten Pacing Guide.

Hope you all have a great week!!

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