Dec 31, 2012

Happy New Year and TPT Sale Begins With New Winter Products

SueBeth and I go back to school, January 3, this coming Thursday.  Even though it is only for 2 days, I wanted to make sure that I had some new stuff ready to go for the following "FULL WEEK".  So this meant that we pooled our minds together and came up with some more fun winter units for my kinders to use.  

Here are just some of the new things we have added to our TPT store with a WINTRY Twist...
This is our new Counting and Cardinality Unit with numbers 0-20 with a Winter Theme.  Worksheets come with each of the centers shown in the above picture.  Differentiation activities are included for each center. 

This is our Off and Running with Numbers 0-20.  Students will use one blocks/base ten blocks, dominoes, and ten frames to count numbers 0-20.  Each of these centers comes with a worksheet along with ideas on how to differentiate in your classroom.  Can't wait to use this in the next few days!

Here are some additional Winter and/or January Items on our TPT store.  Just click on each link to take you directly to that particular unit.
Off and Running with Numbers 0-20 on sale right now for $4.00
Fun In The Snow Word Wall Words and Word List on sale right now for $1.20
January Journal Topic for Kindergarten Level Guided Writing on sale for $1.60
January Math Journal on sale for $1.60
Counting on Cocoa:  Sequencing and Writing Numbers on sale for $2.00
Snowflake Measurement on sale for $0.80.

Thanks for all of your support for the 2012 year.  It has been a wonderful year and we have "met" so many new bloggers and have established many new friends.



Dec 28, 2012

Free January Behavior Chart

Went into school today to run some new units that SueBeth and I have been working on for next week.  I will be hitting counting and cardinality really hard the month of January with numbers 0-20.  New units should be up and posted real soon!

While I was at school, I ran my January Behavior Chart for next week. You can grab it below or if you would like to grab it off of TPT, we have posted on that site, too.  Click the following words for the direct link for your free TPT January Behavior Chart:  

January Behavior Chart

Dec 24, 2012

Christmas Cleaning and Easy Plate Gifts My Daughter Created

Since I have Christmas at our house on Christmas Day, I have been spending some time each day since Saturday of cleaning our basement.  I have thrown school things away, found many things that I "forgot" that I had, and have organized many things.  

My husband was blessed with the stomach flu and the kids are helping me clean while putting together a 1500 piece puzzle in the basement.  
Jordan, my creative bug, researched some things on Pinterest the other day and made some last minute Christmas gifts.  Here are her creations:
Jordan's boyfriend's brother goes to TCU, so she made this for his mother.

Yep we live in Ohio, so this present is for my nephew's girlfriend who loves Ohio State!!
I told her that I see some great volunteer Christmas presents for next year and some Dollar Tree Christmas plates for the kids to decorate next year for Santa.  VERY EASY!!

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Dec 18, 2012

So Many Fun December Activities

I think I am ready to sit down and relax because we have been in fast speed since Thanksgiving!!

My kids have been so busy in kindergarten the last few weeks that I think I have enough activities for December that we could finish the school year off.  Our last day is this Friday, so we have a few more to go.  Here are some pictures of some fun things we have been working on the last couple of weeks. 

We are having a blast with our Elf On The Shelf activities.  On this particular day, he left us some candy canes.

Students always write in their Elf Booklets using positional words of where the elf was for the day and/or what he left us.  They are getting really good on spelling the words he, was, on, in, above, etc. 

This is the start of our reindeer project of where we made reindeer food to sprinkle on the lawn on Christmas Eve.

Students chose their bag that they wanted to fill their reindeer food with and placed it inside the reindeer holder.

Another student working hard on her Elf On The Shelf booklet.

New problem solving techniques that I am using for my daily math journals.  I took a math workshop 2 weeks ago on some awesome problem solving techniques to use with various grades!!
Fun math centers that we have been using to help us with counting and cardinality using the numbers 0-20.

More fun math centers with counting and cardinality.

Gave students the choice of working independently or with a partner.  They love working with their friends.  Some students chose to work independently, but had a phone a friend if they needed one.

SueBeth and I did a sharpen the saw activity with the kids.  We iced and decorated cookies for the City Mission. 

We both were so impressed because none of the kids asked if they got to eat any of the cookies.  Every cookie we made was "given" to the families that "needed" these cookies for their dessert at the City Mission.  What a great lesson!! 

Students working on a new syllable center.

Students checking with one another on how many syllables a particular word has on their center.

This student chose to work independently on his syllable center.  He is counting out the syllables.

 Three more days of fun activities.  More pictures to share with you and our December writings!!

Dec 16, 2012

Silence For Sandy Hook

Silence For Sandy Hook

Dec 4, 2012

Pen Pal Letters Done and Elf On The Shelf Is A Blast

Diana Cole from Cole's Little Pups and I have paired our kids up for pen pals.  Both of our schools are Leader In Me Schools.  So, the kids have so much in common with those 7 habits.  
We wrote one set of letters already about what we like to eat for Thanksgiving.  Today my class wrote about Christmas coming and what they wanted for Christmas.  We have skyped a couple of times, so the kids got to "meet" their pen pals last month, too.  They love to skype and enjoy sharing common language with their new Kentucky friends!

Oh my gosh, my kids are loving the Elf On The Shelf.  Yes, I have got to take pictures for you all to see what we have been doing.  The kids love looking each morning of where "Elfabet" is going to be and what he has left for us to read from the North Pole.  SueBeth and I created a packet on TPT called Elf On The Shelf Activities and Crafties that my kids have really enjoyed so far.  We have started our Where Is Elf On The Shelf which helps us with writing and also helps us with positional words in math.  We created little Back From The North Pole notes that Elfabet has with him each morning.  The kids love reading these notes from the North Pole.  So, we are integrating writing, reading, and math skills with this fun Christmas project.  This is the first year that I have done Elf On The Shelf, and I definitely will be doing it next year!!

Nov 29, 2012

If I Could Do A Cartwheel I Would...Ha, ha

I just graded my November Writing Assessments.  I was so pleased with their independent writing samples.  At this time of the year, a score of at least a 2 is considered on target for the end of the year kindergarten writing.  I am happy to report that out of 22 students, 21 students scored a 2 or higher on the rubric.  I just typed up my note to parents and told them that I felt the November Writing results were from 2 key areas:

1.  Daily guided writing lessons
2.  Daily class and homework practice with segmenting

Here are some samples of the writings and the scores they were given.  Our topic was what you did on Thanksgiving. 
This writing sample was scored a 0 due to the fact that it contained a long string of letters.  The student wrote the back of the page, too which is the below picture.

This is still from the above writing sample.  I know it will eventually come.  This student is working really hard in my RTI group!

This student scored a 0 last month.  HUGE progress this month with his writing.  He even wrote the back of the paper which is the sample below.

I gave him a huge hug for his efforts this month.  Keeping my fingers crossed it continues into December.

This sample scored a 3 on our writing rubric.  Very short and sweet. 

Sample of a 4 writing on the writing rubric.  This student wrote both this front and the back which is in the below sample. 

We have been working hard on beginning sentences and ending sentences.  Yeah!!

Another sample of a 4 writing.  This student I felt added a lot of details to what he did on Thanksgiving with his family.  The rest of his paper is below.

Gotta love his ending sentence of  It was a blast!!  Made me smile!!
Next up, writing opinion papers.  Our December Writing packet: December Journal Topic For Kindergarten Level Guided Writing is filled with 4 weeks of opinion writings for only $2.00.  Check out this new packet on TPT which gives you ideas on opinion writing along with I Can Statements to post.    


Nov 28, 2012

Elf On The Shelf Unit Posted...Can't Wait

I am like a kid waiting for Christmas.  We just wrapped up designing our Elf On The Shelf unit.  My Elf has arrived, my book has arrived, our unit is complete, and I just laminated everything for Monday.  I think my kids are going to have soooooo much fun with this unit.  I have pinned so many creative ideas on Pinterest of what to do with our elf. 

We just today got our cutting and gluing done with an elf craftie that is in our unit.  The kids are so excited because tomorrow they get to add "embellishments" to their elf.  They are so excited about doing this tomorrow.  Here is a peek of what we worked on for today:

Waiting to start the last cutting out page!!

Concentrating on gluing those elf shoes out!

Cutting out the trim on the dress.

Last step of gluing is putting the elf hat together.

We are linking up with Mel D for her Elf On The Shelf linky party.

Nov 26, 2012

Freebie December Behavior Chart and TPT Sale Continues

Since this is the last full week of November, we have created our December Behavior Calendar for you to grab for free.  If you do not have a SCRIBD account, then you can also click here: December Behavior Chart to download if from our TPT store.  We have included 3 different calendars so hopefully one of them meets your school's vacation time for December.

I am trying to be good and not buy very much during the Cyber Monday TPT Sales.  But, shhhhhhh don't tell SueBeth that I am finding some adorable clipart that I can use in my units.  She seems to think that I have an addiction with fonts and cliparts, but some of these TPT sellers have stinkin' cute clipart!!  Can December last forever along with the TPT sale!!

Don't forget the Cyber Monday TPT Sale ends Tuesday at midnight EST.  We have uploaded some new Christmas Units that meet the Common Core Standards:  Here are just a few:

Christmas Word Lists and Word Wall Words 
Counting Christmas Centers 0-20
December Journal Topics For Kindergarten With A Focus On Opinion Writing
December Math Journals
Gumdrop Measurement

December Behavior Chart

Nov 25, 2012

TPT Sale, Back From Punta Cana, and Kindergarten Writing Rubrics

We are excited for the upcoming Cyber Monday and Tuesday Sale.  We are putting our entire store on sale for 20% off.  PLUS if you use the TPT Cyber Monday and Tuesday code you will get an additional savings to give you 28% off your entire purchases!!  If you are looking for some new Christmas items, we have many things that meet the common core standards in reading, writing, and math to use in your classroom.

Both of our kids were gone over Thanksgiving break, so my husband and I decided to take a trip to Punta Cana.  It was such a relaxing vacation in the sun.  The temperatures were 85 degrees or higher each day.  Makes it harder to face Ohio's colder weather!  So thankful for such a fun trip with my husband.  I even tricked him into taking me to Target on the way back home from the airport!  Now back to reality of laundry and school work to catch up on!!

Monday before I went on Thanksgiving break, I attended a 6 Traits of Writing Workshop.  Our district is looking to change some things on our current writing rubrics.  Just wondered what your district uses for kindergarten writing rubrics.  Ours uses one that the state of Ohio designed several years ago.   I like parts of ours.  I like the spelling and spacing and letter formation part.  I struggle at times with the directionality because most kids can score a 4 because even their scribbles are top to bottom and left to right.  And typically those children can also tell you that there writing really says The best part about Christmas is Santa Claus.  So, they stayed on topic with their content even though it is scribbling.  Here is a copy of ours.  Would love to hear and/or see other kindergarten writing rubrics that you use in kindergarten.
  Writing Rubric - Grade K