I am linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. Happy Friday!
Here are some of my favorite moments of the week. My mom had surgery this week, and she and my dad are home and doing well, so that is my FAVORITE moment of the week. So I was out a couple days, but we sure did a LOT this week!
We did a lot of work with labeling this week- starting with clean up time.
I label all of the bins with pictures of what treasures go inside, and then have the same picture on the shelf where that bin belongs. The kids are usually really good about putting things back where they go with this little system.
This is on the bottom of the shelf underneath the Lincoln Logs.
I showed the children these boxes and asked what they thought was inside. They guessed what it should be. Then, I pretended to pour a bowl of Reese's Puffs into my cereal bowl, and army guys fell out!
We talked about how we know what's going to be inside because of the picture and words on the outside- just like when we clean up our classroom and put toys in bins. What if someone brought a box of crackers for snack, and instead it was full of puzzle pieces? What if you went to drink your milk from the milk carton, and it was full of mustard? You get it. They got it.
Next, I brought some of our toy bins up front, and we checked how well we did sorting after clean-up time yesterday. While the children sat on the rug, I looked at the picture on the bin and talked about what I knew will be inside because of it. Then, when I went through the bin and found something that didn't belong, I made a HUGE deal about it. "This is the bin of cars to play on the car rug. WHAT IN THE WORLD is this TEAPOT doing in here?!" (OK- it was sort of funny when I typed that- because instead of the "?!" I accidentally wrote "@#?" and it looked like I made WAY too huge of a deal of it by swearing at the kids. Well, don't worry. That didn't happen...
I had the kids turn and talk about why it's important to label things. We decided that labels help us know what is inside of a box, and labels help us know what pictures are in our illustrations.
We made this label anchor chart.
These are two books that I also like to use:
Kinder-Gardening, who I was talking to a few days ago about where our kids are with writing. This little one drew a bear and then water going down a drain with a "really nice sink." And, there were others with a lot less going on. We were talking about how when we read blogs, sometimes it seems that every Kindergartener is writing novels, while ours are trying to figure out if "W" is a letter or number. I assured her that at least when I show samples, they are usually the best ones, to show what I was trying to accomplish. One day, I'll do a real post- sort of like a "Stars Without Make-Up" post with the less successful attempts. But no matter what they look like, they are drawing, writing, using lots of colors, getting ideas down, DOING THEIR BEST, BEING BRAVE, and learning all the while.
Notice the "really nice sink."
These are the newest bulletin boards I made for the end of our primary hallway. My children don't know the names of the shapes yet, so I thought this would be a great way for all the kids to be able to practice saying their shapes each time they went by the bulletin boards. Plus, I just love how adding eyes to anything makes it come to life and gives it a little personality.
I have the children each bring in a folder to use for their Writer's Workshop folder. I have made such a point of telling the children that all I want from them is for them to do their best. We have also talked a lot (and sung a lot) about being brave when we draw and write- and just trying! The only way we learn is when we are brave enough to try something we aren't sure we can do, and keep practicing. Today I printed these little reminders and taped them onto their writing folders.
Here is a little BRAVE Prezi that you can keep up on the Smart board just as a reminder for the children.
My friend Anne shared a fabulous online book site on her blog, Common Core Connection. I signed right up (It's free!) and wanted to share it with you in case you haven't seen it. It's called Oxford Owl. The site offers 250 books from emergent levels to 2nd grade level. Here are some of the pages that Anne shared to give you an idea of how beautiful the online books are. I always love a new site like this! It's great for school or to share with parents to use at home.
We had our Curriculum Night and Open House this week. We give a half hour talk about our Kindergarten Curriculum in our
I hope you all had a wonderful week. Happy Weekend! Thanks for stopping by!