First three days of school... Always the longest shortest week. My class is sweet and excited- a perfect combination. Here is a sample of what I have in store this year. This conversation happened at 9:03 on the first day of school. "When I say your name I want to call you Christmas Kisloski." (Which, by the way, does sound a lot like 'Mrs. Kisloski' I did realize.) So I said, "Oh- well, just don't call me Santa Claus!" To which she replied, "Could I call you Mrs. Claus?"
The day ended when we were sharing some of our first day favorites, and another little girl said, "I was SO excited for this, I woked up at 20!" (I think I woked up at 20, too, and never went back to sleep!) So sweet!
Today another little girl came into the room and said, "It is SO good to be back here!" So- we are off to a good start, I think.
Here are my FAVORITE FIVE for the week!
I was so honored that the WONDERFUL Debbie Clement asked me to post at her Pre-K + K Sharing Blog. Please stop by if you can and leave me a comment! :)
I will be posting on the 6th of the month. My first post is sort of a random sampling of my favorites. It worked out well, because my brain has been going in a million directions this week trying to remember to say this and not forget to do that- very random. You know how it is! I will start next month with some different topics.
Debbie has a new Pattern Song that is so much fun! I can't wait to use it with my new class!
Here is her post about Patterning. You can get the song here, too. We cannot figure out why Patterning is not in the Common Core Standards. It is so important. Remember when it was such a great base skill for Algebra? What happened to that? How about those A and B Level books which are ... patterns! Anyway, I love my patterns. I do. I do. I do.
Speaking of Common Core leads me to ...
I started introducing some Whole Brain Teaching yesterday. They LOVE "Class, Yes." Love it. I posted about WBT here. Here is my Prezi I made about the WBT Class Rules and explanations of each from Chris Biffle. The videos on the bottom are some of my favorite samples of teachers using WBT in their classrooms.
1. Follow directions quickly.
2. Raise your hand for permission to speak.
3. Make smart choices.
4. Hands in your lap. Eyes on your teacher.
5. Be safe, be kind, be honest
Then- I just have a big smile face on the end of the poster with no writing. I tell the kids that is 'Secret Six'- Make your dear teacher happy! They love that it is 'secret.'
(This picture is a little disturbing- yeah- ...but I am leaving it just because- it's a 4.)
Next week we start our color weeks! We review a color each day for two weeks. We do activities with each color, learn the words, and take class pictures for our Color Books.
I got out my Ten Black Dots book and wondered if when Donald Crews wrote the book, he had any idea we would be so into tens frames?
I made a bundle of Kindergarten Math Common Core Prezi Bundle which includes the best links and videos I found for each of the 22 CCSS for K Math. (Actually 25 because there are 3- sub standards.) OK- that doesn't sound right calling them "sub standards." But-
One activity I did for 10 Black Dots was hot-gluing magnets to the back of ten black pompoms so we can use them on the magnetic white board to show ten. I will probably work mostly with five of the dots since it is so early in the year.
I will also use the dots on the whiteboard to show how I can turn the dots into different things by adding details to them- like four for the wheels of a truck, two for eyes of a ghost, one for a spider in a web, six dots on a ladybug... This is the activity I have the children do after we read the story. I have all sizes of black dots cut out of construction paper so the children can chose how many and what size they want to use- and then create whatever they want.
Donald Crews is one of my featured authors on my Author Prezi at my TPT store. I love his books. They are so good for teaching so many literacy concepts.
I also make these very non-technical- homemade things for my kids to practice their ID numbers. Each of our students need to punch in their own ID number when they buy lunch or log into the computers. SO- it is important that they know their numbers ASAP. I make these because they look just like the little pad that they use in the cafeteria when they buy their lunch. After morning work, they practice saying and punching in their numbers on this fabulous cardstock replica. Just so you know- my class was the ONLY one who had children know their numbers at lunch today- so... it worked. :) Already! They are five digit numbers- not easy to remember!