Thursday, March 28, 2013

Decomposing Teen Numbers

As you may know, I moved back to kindergarten this year after a couple years in 1st grade. When we recieved our grade card at the beginning of the year and all the K teachers were looking over it, we saw decomposing numbers on the math section. My first thought was "What exactly does that mean!".  Anywho, our Math series (which we got last year) doesn't quite work with common core and has nothing for decomposing numbers. So here is my approach to decomposing teen numbers and it is ice-cream themed because I am ready for SUMMER! 3 different station activites are included. Just click on one of the pictures to see it in my little store.


AND....the 1st TWO followers to leave a comment with their email will get this little packet for free!
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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Easter Fun and New Class Pets!

Whew, Friday was our last day before Spring Break. We all had at least a touch of Spring fever! Friday we colored eggs with Kool-Aid. If you haven't tried it yet, you should. All you need is a packet of Kool-Aid and 2/3 cup of water. It's super easy and smells much better. While they were in special classes I hid about 300 eggs stuffed full of goodies in my classroom. I didn't get any picutures of our festivities, but we had a blast. :)

The hubby and I went out for a date night last night and we ended up at the mall so I could get some new earrings (Tank, our bulldog, found one of my hoops on the floor and decided it would look better if he chewed on it.)
While we were at the mall, we saw a little kiosk that had hermit crabs and African dwarf frogs. Naturally, I was drawn to it and ended up walking away with 2 African dwarf frogs.
Meet Kermit (up front) and Mrs. Piggy (in the back). I can't wait for my kiddos to meet them!
These will fit in great with our Glofish, Flo, Mo and Jo:
Do you have any class pets?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Patrick's Day FUN!

We had a wild and crazy Friday in my little kindergarten classroom. Our little leprechaun, Scotty (my husband, who loves helping me trash my room) made a visit. Here are some pictures of what he left for us.
Everything from our reading center was thrown everywhere onto our meeting rug

 Footprints, gold and candy were left on all of the tables
He even got into our cookies!

I forgot to take pictures of our cubbies. They were covered in streamers! 
Amazingly, my little ones were able to put their excitement aside, clean up the craziness, chill out and begin our day. I was happily surprised. 

Later that day, we wrote about leprechauns and made one to go with our writing. One of my little girls wasn't too excited about making a boy leprechaun and wanted to use the strips for the beard for hair instead. Those turned out so cute!

We also made Reagan Tunstall's Rainbow Name-bow activity. I sent home the parent note with the paper provided and 13 of my 19 darlings brought theirs back. I loved seeing what the parents wrote down for each letter. I LOVE these!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Word Work Station {and *freebie*!}

Hello friends! Do you have a favorite part of your school day? My favorite part would have to be station time. Though, it would be a tie between Math and Reading stations. They both are so much fun! One of my favorite reading stations is my stamping words station and the kids think it's pretty cool, too. :)

Here's a little look as to what goes on during this station that they visit once a week.

This year I finally figured out something that worked to store my stamps in. The cases they come in don't last long. I had seen an idea on Pinterst to use ice cube trays, but I wasn't sure how that would work. And then it came to me, the little baskets I already had would work perfect! Who knew those cheap baskets from Wal-mart would work so wonderfully?! By this time in the year, they can pretty much keep the stamps in ABC order (they know how OCD I am about that!). The stamp pads you see came from Oriental Trading and have lasted all year, which is quite an accomplishment!

Here's a little unit that I use to help differentiate at my stamp station:

And a freebie to go along with it!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Time for a Time Freebie!

Do you ever work on a project that just keeps growing and growing? I started working on my I have...Who has? packet last summer. I keep on adding new games to it. It has grown to almost 300 pages! These games are great for when you sometimes have a few extra minutes here or there or to put in your bag of goodies when you have a sub.

This weekend I added time to the hour, half hour, :15, :45 and in 5 minute increments. I felt cross-eyed by the time I was finished checking that one!
 I also added a CVC game.
 and a rhyming game

I want to share the time to the hour with you.You should be able to  print the pictures and get it that way. If that doesn't work, please leave me a comment and I will put it in Google Docs.

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Getting Ready For St. Patrick's Day!

I'm trying to get ready for St. Patrick's day. The way our spring break falls I'm doing St. Patrick one week and then Easter the next! Here are some of the things I have printed and just need to laminate or copy.

These are part of my Shamrock Sentences pack. I can't wait to use these with my kiddos. They really like unscrambling the sentence. I like have several different ones so that I can easily differentiate.

Here is another unit for St. Patrick's day. I have this one already printed, laminated and copies made all ready to go. {It's hard to believe that I'm actually ahead on something.} My kids absolutely love these old lady books and I do too.
I have finally took the plunge and created a Facebook page. Yikes! I would LOVE for you to check it out! And I've got a pretty cool freebie waiting there for you!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Our Week In Pictures

Looking back, I don't feel like I took nearly enough pictures! Some things we did that I didn't even get pictures of was when the Boys and Girls Club staff dressed up and came to read to us, a community member dressed up and read to us and service learning students from the high school came to read to us. We are truly blessed to have so many people willing to come and read to our kinders! We also made the Horton handprints, sorted and graphed color goldfish, wrote about the Lorax and made truffela trees {but sadly no pictures}. However here's what I did manage to get pictures of:

 During our Lorax writing, we wore our mustaches. These were a huge hit and most of them wanted to wear them all day!
These were colored and stapled onto a headband to wear as a hat.

 We are foodies in my classroom. We had Thing 1 and Thing 2 jello.
 And we had a "green egg".
All in all, it was a crazy week but so much fun!