Dec 25, 2013

Polar Express, Gingerbread Houses, and January Fun

The last week of school was so much fun.  We did our traditional dress up in pj's on Friday to watch our Polar Express movie.  The kids of course loved their hot chocolate.  They decorated a gingerbread boy/girl with icing and TONS of sprinkles.  So, they voted as a class to take their donuts home and enjoy them for a late night snack or breakfast in the morning.

When we return from break our Math focus will be measurement.  We are going to review counting and cardinality, too.  We are working hard on writing our numbers correctly to 20 when counting objects at random.  
The second week in January is when we will be presenting our Math Data Binder and Math Journal items at the Kindergarten Conference in Ohio.  We will be sharing how to make sure you are covering the common core standards, how to assess them, and how to show growth for each student. 
We will be starting our January Math Journal as soon as we go back to school on January 6.  Check it out on our TPT store:  January Math Journal.  It is so easy, NO ink, just place it into the copier and you are ready to go for the entire month.
My daughter and I made some fun things with my silhouette and cricut prior to Christmas.  We are from Ohio, so most of it is GO BUCKS stuff.  
Later this week I will be wrapping up some school things with my silhouette and cricut that I will also share.  Our 100th day is not that far away along with all of the fun January themes!!
Yard sign to use after winter is gone~

Etched plate with OSU and Buckeys on the plate.

Coffee/Hot chocolate mug with Findlay and Trojans etched on it.  Our school is called Findlay Trojans.  Think I might do these for my class next year with a Christmas twist.  Mugs are cheap at Dollar Tree and serve it with the Polar Express!

Dec 7, 2013

Snowman Christmas Ornament Freebie and Winter Fest

Gotta say that I am celebrating the fact that I have my ornaments that the kids make for their parents done, wrapped, and sent home!  Each year we make those adorable snowman ornaments that you make with your hands, sharpie markers, and a snowman bag that the kids create.  The cute little snowman ornament tag has the be changed each year to say the date, so if you are making these and want the ornament tag, head on over to our TPT store and save yourself some time Snowman Tag.  We have included the snowman ornament poem, a tag if you wrap yours and the kids need to address who it is to and from.
Here is the wrapped snowman ornament.  The students made this snowman bag, used batting to help protect the glass bulb inside the bag, and wrote the tag on the front of the bag.

Snowman bulb along with 2013 snowman poem to go along with the bulb.

Our PTO has a winter fest and it was just held on Friday night.  Teachers were encourage to create something that would be donated for parents to buy raffle tickets for a chance to win some of the donated items.  My daughter, who happens to be blessed with creativity, created this Christmas Cheer wreath for me to donate.  We also created the Reindeer Root Beer to go along with the Christmas cheer theme.  
Reindeer food and lots of fun Christmas crafts and centers are up for the next week at school.  Watch for some fun pictures on these events, too. 
I personally think this wreath looks pretty good on my backdoor, so I am thinking she might just have to make me one!

So easy to make and the kids loved them!

Dec 2, 2013

Christmas Units and Presenting at Ohio's Kindergarten Conference

I brought home my Christmas units over Thanksgiving break.  It takes up a couple of large rubbermaid embarrassing is that!?!?!  Even with that said, I told SueBeth that I still needed some new things to match some of the standards better.  So, we created a new unit surrounded around the Counting and Cardinality standards.  It's called Christmas Counting Centers Missing Numbers, Counting On, and Making 10.   on sale right now for $2.40. 
There are at least 5 different centers in which 2 of the centers we have given additional worksheet opportunities so that you can differentiate to help all learners.

Tonight I copied and laminated these centers and they are ready to go for Tuesday!!  My kids are going to be excited.  
Here is a sneak peek of the centers:
I copied, laminated, and cut out these fun center games tonight for some of my counting and cardinality center games.
Our other exciting news...back later this summer SueBeth and I were contacted to present at the Second Grade and Kindergarten Ohio conferences.  Since SueBeth retired in May, she decided that she would help me present for the Ohio Kindergarten Conference in January.  We are presenting our Monthly Math journals and ways to use them in the classroom to challenge all levels of learners.  We will also be sharing data binder ideas so that you can show monthly growth in different math areas.  

I have been collecting all levels of learners math journals since September to share at the conference.  We will also have some videos of my classroom and how the kids solve and present their math journals each day.  The BEST thing about these journals is that you pop them in the copier, staple them, and all 20 days worth for the month are ready to go.  There is no cutting, gluing, etc.  These journal entries have been designed around the common core math standards.  So, if you have not yet tried them, you might want to snatch up a December or January one to see how to use these powerful problem solving journals in your classroom.  We use pictures, words, and numbers to represent our problems.  Here is a direct link to some of the monthly journals.  
December Math Journal is on sale right now for $1.60 
January Math Journal for $1.60

If you use your TPT code of CYBER you will get an additional 10% off.  This is a great time to grab some monthly journals.  We have one for each month.  Check them out on our TPT store.


Dec 1, 2013

Busy Week and TPT Sale

WOW!!  In all of my years of teaching this was the first year that we had the entire week off for Thanksgiving break.  Can I say this was the best week and we got so much done!!  Of course, I am sitting at my computer right now almost done planning for the next 2 weeks.  I kind of got on a roll. 
The first week in December we are focusing on counting and cardinality again.  Some students are wrapping up numbers 0-10 while most students are working hard on those teen numbers 11-20.  So, SueBeth and I put together a packet wrapped around the Christmas theme with counting and cardinality.  It's called Christmas Counting Centers-Missing Numbers, Counting On, and Making Ten.  

I told myself that I had to wrap up all of my school work here real soon so that I can start my Cyber Monday shopping.  I have sent texts reminding my children that they need to be giving me some great Christmas wish list ideas.  Of course, I might have to do a little shopping myself.
Don't forget to do a little shopping yourself on TPT.  We have put our entire store on sale for 20% off and don't forget to add the code to get your additional discount.