Sunday, April 13, 2014

Get Your Journal On...Math Journals in Kindergarten

Happy Sunday!! I hope you have been enjoying your weekend! Hubs and I have spent most of our weekend at a lamaze class.  SO much information has been shared, but it has been great!

On to more fun things...MATH JOURNALS!

Last year I was MUCH better about journaling with my first grade friends, but this year it has been a struggle with kindergarten.

When Cassie from Adventures in Teaching asked me about participating in a little product swap, I knew what I would be looking for!  I was paired with the lovely Jen over at Jen's Kinder Kids and she had JUST what I needed. Math Journals!!

These little journals are filled with various skills for the students to work on daily!  There has not been one single skill that we have not already covered. Take a peek inside these 1/2 page math journals!






We use them daily as a warm up, but here are a few other ideas for implementing math journals.


Love them? Want to try them out? Grab them HERE!

Now be sure to hop on over to Jen's blog to check out what she is sharing today! 

Jens Kinder Kids
You can also check out some other great review by my sweet friends! 

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bright Ideas for a Field Trip

Field Trips, YAY!!  They are one of most fun learning experiences for my students every year, but they also can be a stress.

Sign this. Return this. Pay this. Who turned in what? Why can't you go again? I need more adults.  Wear this shirt, please.  The list goes on and on and on.

But we love them still.  We fight for more of them still. Here are a few tips I have for you to help!

This first tip is SUPER easy and my kids LOVE it!!



My little friends look forward to the day they get to "sign their name on the door" and they are sure to let everyone know that they can go on the field trip!





For more bright ideas, check out the links below!!  You may also enjoy this Pinterest board FILLED with all of the ideas in one place!!



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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Weighing In!

This week we are continuing with measurement as we explore weight.  I wanted to hop in and share our activity we did today because it was so much fun for the kiddos!

We added to our anchor chart "weight" yesterday and read one of my favorites!


I bagged mystery items from around our classroom. Markers, erasers, a box of crayons, a foam cube--basically whatever I could find!


Then we compared the mystery bags.  I wanted my little friends to focus on observing the scale over what they thought was heavier or lighter based on their previous knowledge.  Today was our first day with the balance scale so this was important to me.


We then ordered them from lightest to heaviest.  Two were the exact same! (Oh, I'm such a sneaky teacher!! I made two mystery items the same!)


We recorded our results and drew a picture of what the balance looked like with the heaviest and lightest mystery bags.



I LOVE this one! He wrote about the "misser" bags, instead of the "mystery" bags! ADORABLE!


 Looks like we need to revisit capital letters! (insert shameful teacher face here!)

You can grab this activity and these I shared HERE in this unit
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Little Bit of Length and Adoption News

Has this been the longest week ever or what?!  Testing for one grade level just means craziness for the rest!  Thankfully, my friends were great Tuesday and Wednesday.  But I think they saved up the craziness for TODAY! YEESH!

Well, this week we have dove deep into length, kindergarten style! We started by discussing what it means to measure, how we measure, and why we measure.  I love it when it's so easy for my little friends to connect things.  They instantly were talking about how tall people were or how big or small something is.  It was wonderful!

We began with the simple task of comparing lengths of yarn.  We wanted to know which was longer, and which was shorter.



We then compared the lengths of our names.  This was a really fun activity for them! It was awesome to see the light bulbs go off as they were predicting whose name would be the longest and whose would be the shortest.

Our second graders recently did the activity below and since they have been hanging in the hallway, my friends have been asking if we could do the same! I figured it would definitely be too much for us to do this activity with cubes or paperclips, so we stuck with popsicle sticks! It worked perfectly!




A little update on our adoption from the Democratic Republic of Congo--  We are stuck.  We are legally her parents in the Congo and she can't come home with an exit letter.  We need them to know how important it is that they issue exit letters and allow our children to come home.  There are hundreds of children stuck.  So if you have 1 minute, we would all love it if you would sign this petition  to help inform our government of what is going on.

Click the image above to go to the petition. 


Until then, we continue to wait and pray! 




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Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Little Funky Fractions!

Fractions in Kindergarten can really be a bore.  I'm just being honest here.  They were easy-peasy for my little ones! Here is a little glimpse at how we tackled fractions last week!

We started with defining what a fraction is.  We made this little anchor chart.

Side Note: This size manilla paper is my favorite because the posters take up WAY less room! 

We then practiced cutting different shapes into halves and show an example of what was a half and what wasn't a half.




At the end of our week, we sorted the three shapes we worked with (circles, rectangles, and triangles) into equal and unequal.


You can find pieces of what we used HERE in this new Funky Fractions unit.







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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Help the Hudgeons Fundraiser

Life is precious.  I truly believe that every soul the Lord creates has a purpose.  

I have a little story to share.  Sweet Michelle  is expecting her second child and is due not long after me.  When she went for a sonogram in February she found out her precious little boy, Piercen, has been diagnosed with Spina Bifida.  Michelle shares her story HERE on her blog and HERE on Piercen's Facebook page


In the meantime, there are several medical expenses that are and will continue to be unexpected for this sweet family.  Haley and I wanted to help out the family with this little fundraiser. 

ALL of the proceeds from the sells of three WONDERFUL bundles will go to the Hudegeons family as they battle through this season in their lives.   

Here is what you can snag as you help out this family! 



Donated by Miss DeCarbo

Donated by Amanda Richardson

Donated by Amy Lemons


Donated by Melissa Machan

Donated by Growing Firsties



Donated by Haley O'Connor

Donated by Tammy Wathen 

Donated by Laura Martin

Donated by A 1st Grade Teacher


Donated by Lindsay Griffith 

Donated by Jennifer Tice


Donated by Sarah Paul

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Donated by Latoya Reed

Donated by Victoria Moore

Donated by Leslie Hope

Donated by Lisa Richling


Donated by K Almaraz


Donated by Ashley Sanderson

Donated by A Modern Teacher

Donated by 1stgradefireworks

So what are you waiting for?! You get the chance to bless a family AND you get $130 of great activities to use in your classroom for only $30!  Each bundle is only $10!!


Click the image above to grab each bundle for only $8 this weekend! After the weekend, each will go up to $10! Grab them NOW! 
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