Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Happy Birthday, Dr Seuss!

In kindergarten, every day is a reason to celebrate!  Last week was no different...we celebrated Dr. Seuss!  
Our morning work was a little color word practice with some green eggs (and also blue and red and orange...) but no ham.  As the children worked on their morning work, we watched a little Cat in the Hat!

I love the Dollar Spot at Target (okay I just really love Target in general!). That's where I got these pencils for the special day. 

You can't have a Dr. Seuss day without silly hats!  Usually, I have my kiddos make simple Cat in the Hat top hats, but this year I decided to go with Thing 1 and Thing 2!  First we made the blue hair.  I gave each child 2 pieces of construction paper with a line drawn along the line side.  They cut straight down,  remembering to stop at the pencil line.

When both papers were cut, I stapled them together to make one long fringy paper.

Then I stapled the ends together to fit each child's head!

And here are all the "Things" in kindergarten!

Our day was sprinkled with other reminders of Dr. Seuss!   During Reading Rotations in the morning, these children matched up color words using eggs and colored yolks.  (These are free at my tpt store here.)

These kiddos also matched up the Dr. Seuss rhyming cards, also free here!)

In our classroom library, children read stories to our book buddies.

In this math station, the children made themselves with "10 apples up on top!"  They added 10 apples to the tops of their heads, coloring some red and some green.

Each child then wrote a math sentence about their picture, like 5+5=10. or 6+4+10, or 3+7=10.... We showed so many ways to make 10!

And a special day calls for a special rest time...Dr. Seuss books, along with other favorites!


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Dr Seuss Freebies

Hi There!  Just a quick post before I dash out the door.  In case you need a quick Dr. Suess activity to celebrate his birthday tomorrow, I have two simple Dr. Seuss games in my tpt store...rhyming and color words...and they're free!  Check them out here and here.

Dr. Seuss Rhyming

Dr. Seuss color words

Check back tomorrow to see how we celebrated in Mrs. Minton's kindergarten!


Friday, February 26, 2016

5 for Friday....5 days of Reading Rotations!

Every day, we start things off at school with our language block.  During this time, we work on letters and sounds, blending and reading, writing, and speaking and listening.  It's a very energetic, fast paced time of our day with lots of learning going on!  At the end of our language block each morning, we have "reading rotations."   The stations support things we have been learning about, like sight words, cvc words, comprehension...anything I feel like we need extra practice on!  Each day, a small group of children (usually 2 or 3) is assigned a station.  This is our station board.  It's not too fancy, but it works!

Children check at the beginning of reading rotations to see what their number is for the day, and they find the corresponding reading tub.

Here are our reading rotations for this week.

Station 1  Silly Sentences! (A writing activity)

 Children use the colored word cards to build a sentence, using the color key at the top of the pocket chart.  After they build all of their sentences, they pick one to write and illustrate on their silly sentence paper.  They are having way more fun at this station this week than I had imagined!  I guess anything that has "silly" in the name is popular.  :)

Station 2    iPad Stories  (Listening Comprehension)

Children us the QR reader on the iPad to scan a QR code that will take them to a story.  After they listen to the story, they fill out a comprehension sheet that includes character, setting, and beginning, middle, and ending of the story.  They love the iPad station!  I love QR codes!  There are so many neat learning activities available that go across the curriculum!

Station 3  Magnets (Sight word practice)

In this simple station, children are building sight words on cookie sheets, using magnets and sight word cards.  After each word is built, they write it on their hand-writing paper to keep track of how many words they've built!  Throw in some markers, and this becomes a hit!

Station 4  Clip cards  (rhyming )

Children use clothes pins and cards to match words that rhyme.  I used little yellow dots on the back of the cards to make them self checking.  After all the clips are placed, the children complete a rhyming worksheet.

Station 5  Read with the Teacher!

Each week, the 5th  station is reading with me.  I love being able to hear every child read every week, and give small group help on any number of reading and language skills during this time.  Today's group read from our reading series, and then used cute little doggies to work on hearing beginning, middle, and ending sounds in each word.  This time looks different for each group I see, because each group needs to work on something different.  I want this station to be something that's looked forward to, so I keep a stock of m&ms and skittles on hand.  When they track with fingers or follow directions, they earn a skittle or two.  I never give out more than 3, but they LOVE coming to "Read with the Teacher" each week, which will help them learn to LOVE reading!

By the end of the week, all of the children have had the opportunity to visit each station.

There's lots of ways to know that we're all learning and growing in kindergarten.  We are writing amazing things.

We are reading fantastic things!

We are creating fabulous things!

And we're losing all of our TEETH!!!!!

See you next time!
Mrs. Minton

Friday, February 19, 2016

QR Codes, Valentine's Day, and Science Buddies!

Here are some fun things that have been going on in kindergarten!

1.  QR Codes!  I've been having fun using QR codes during our math magic time!  So far we've, worked with base ten blocks and counted with 1-1 correspondence up to 20, checking our answers with the iPad.  It's been a favorite station these last few weeks! I've used other teachers' free QR codes so far. I'm working on making some of my own!  How fun!

Valentine Base Ten Station

QR Code Counting Teens

2.  Valentine's Day!  

One of our reading rotation stations for this week involved building our sight word, complete with hearts for Valentine's Day.  

And of course, we had a party!  We mailed our valentine cards to each other.

We made heart shaped sun-catchers.  (We are still finding "confetti" everywhere, but that's part of the fun!)  

3.  Science with our 8th grade buddies!
Every other Friday, we head down to the middle school science lab and do an easy experience with our science buddies.
Which Valentine's Day Candies sink, which ones float?

There is so much more to tell, but my computer is sooooo not cooperating!  Check back soon for updates.  :)

Mrs. Minton

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Catholic Schools Week

I am blessed to be able to teach in a Catholic School, where I can freely share my faith with my students, and where I can teach the whole child; mind, body, and spirit.  I love my school!  Last week was Catholic Schools Week across the nation.  If you're not familiar with this particular week, you can get more info by clicking here!  At my school, we have all kinds of special activities to celebrate our school, but the heart of our celebration is our faith.  Here's a little bit about our week!

The week started with pajama day on Monday, with a visit from a local celebrity, Amazon John from Silly Safaris!  It was great fun!
Here are some littles working on their Reading Rotation activities in their jammies.
matching CVC words to pictures
Polar bear sight word cards

making sight words with polar bear matching cards.
You can get these from my TPT store, Busy Kinders, by clicking here

Using Wiki Sticks to make the letters of the

And we can't forget the animals from Silly Safari!

Tuesday was "dress for the future" day, and our students dressed as what they'd like to be when they grow up.  I had two future teachers in my class! We also had a dentist, a puppy babysitter, an astronaut, a European Football (Soccer!) player, two "animal catchers," two artists, a vet, and a ballerina!  (I wore my regular clothes, because I grew up to be just what I wanted to be.)  :)

Wednesday was mismatch day.  I went all out with patterned leggings, a striped shirt, and an argyle sweater, along with my 16 year old daughter's sparkly boots!  Oh, and four different pairs of earrings! picture of that.  But here are some mismatched cuties!  We also had all school Bingo on Wednesday, which is Bingo called over the loud speaker.  If a child gets a Bingo, they go to the center of the school, which is the designated prize center, to choose a prize.  Our 5th grade buddies came to play Bingo with us.   We love our buddies!  Many of these kiddos were in my class just a few years ago!

Thursday was dress up day.  We all wore our Sunday best!
And Friday was Spirit Day.  We wore red and black to support our Nativity Titans.  There was a traditional teachers vs. 8th volleyball game on Friday, and for the first time in a LOOOOOOOONG time, the 8th grade won!  So much excitement, and so many sad teachers...

We had a few special activities of our own for Catholic Schools Week as well.

We made a special craft to help explain what's special about our school.  The cross stands for faith, the apple stands for academics, and the hand-print stands for service.  The idea came from Pinterest (my best friend!) but I don't know where it originated.  Let me know if you do, so I can give that creative person some credit!  Here's our version.  I am super happy with how they turned out, and I' m going to hang them up for our Open House this week.  

One of my favorite bloggers and creators of teaching materials is Maria Manore from Kindercraze.  She has so many wonderful ideas and I want to be just like her when I grow up.  Or maybe she could be my BFF.  (Okay, just kidding...ummm kind of!)  But I got this great emergent reader from her for the littles to work on during Reading Rotations this week.  Click here to grab it for yourself!
Free Emergent Reader for Catholic Schools Week

Another activity for the week was our kindness tree.  Here is our finished project!  Our theme was "We are growing in the love of Christ."   The heart shaped leaves on our tree each had an act of kindness written on them.  You can see more about how I made this tree by visiting my other blog, She's so Pinteresting!

I hope you enjoyed a peek at our Catholic Schools Week!  If you're a Catholic School teacher, I'd love to hear what you did during Catholic Schools Week!