Sunday, November 29, 2015

Peek at my Week: Gingerbread fun and a Sale!

Happy Sunday friends!  I am so excited for December!  December is everything Gingerbread and Holidays in my room.  I love it!  The best part (besides all the fun we will be having) is that we only have 12 instructional days- yes 12!  The last 3 days of school before break are always reserved for our Holiday Rotations.  More on that a different day.

Gingerbread Books!  We will be reading so many different gingerbread books over the next 2 weeks.  This year I will be straying a little more from the traditional Gingerbread Man because we are talking about Problem and Solution.  So I'm going to read books that aren't necesarrily about the cookie being eaten.  One book that is a staple in my room is :
 It's so cute!  The pirates even meet Santa, who of course loves to eat cookies...  

In other news, I;m sure you've heard about the Cyber Sale on TPT by now!!
I may have a couple things in my cart already...  Looking for some goodies??  My best seller is a game called Spell It!  It's a spelling game that requires students to not only spell, but also has the possibility of reading, CVC words (depending on how to play).  My kids LOVE it every time!  Here are 2 holiday versions:

You can check out all my versions HERE.

Here are the plans:

Hope it's a great week for you and you get some goodies in the sale!  Have I mentioned it smells like Christmas Tree in my place <3   Happy Teaching!!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Peek at my Week- Differentiating like WOH!

Happy Sunday friends!  I'm linking up with Deedee from Mrs. Will's Kindergarten for a Peek at my Week!

We are still talking turkey in my class this week.  Which is great because we are also having our introduction to Nonfiction.  I'm going to begin talking about Thanksgiving also.  We will be reading this gem on Tuesday:
 Pete is in a school play all about the first Thanksgiving in this book.  It's really cute AND it has officially become my script for our 2nd annual The Land of I Can's Thanksgiving Play!  Last year's play was a blast to put on and a huge success for the other kindergarten classes and parents who got to come and watch.  I saved all the props (that right, props!!) and we will be doing it again this year!  I am so excited.  Play practice will start on Thursday :-)  Can't wait to show you pictures of the final result.

Other than that excitement this week brings on some heavy differentiation.  I always differentiate but this year I have soooo many kiddos who are very very low.  They aren't learning many letters and sounds and are really struggling with beginning to understand Concept of Word at all...  So we are going to kick the letter instruction into high gear and I'm going to get it into their heads even if it kills me! This book will be helping out:
It has fabulous phonics lessons for kinders of all levels!  I'm taking some of the easier ones and using them as small groups plans instead of whole group because I'm sure some of my other kiddos are sick of the letter work by now.  

Here are the plans:

WHEW! It's going to be a busy one.  Hope your plans are looking good too.  Happy Teaching!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Peek at my Week: Turkey Time

Happy Sunday friends!  I'm linking up with Deedee from Mrs. Will's Kindergarten for a Peek at my Week!

 This will be a weird, short week for me.  I'm currently in Michigan visiting my parents.  My dad had a bone marrow transplant right before school started and is recovering in a rental house close to the hospital and my mom is working from home because someone has to be with my dad 24/7.  So, needless to say they needed a little time away from one another ;-)  I'm home to help out, cook, add another voice to the conversation.  Luckily my dad is doing well and getting stronger all the time!  

All that being said, I am taking off Monday and Tuesday.  Luckily Tuesday is a PD/work day so there are no kids.  Then I'll have 2 1/2 days with the kids because Friday is a 1/2 day for the other half of our teacher work day (grading day).  Weird.

This week we start our turkey theme, which will be a little less about turkeys than usual because we are also going to start our unit on magnets.  I LOVE teaching magnets!  On Thursday I'll set magnets and a bunch of materials that attract to them on the tables and simply let the kids explore, listening to conversations to see what they already know.  It's so fun! Here are some pics from last year:

 (yes, we were wearing our coats... It was 60 degrees in the room and 40's outside.  My babies were cold!!)

Here are the plans:

 Hope you have a great week.  Happy Teaching!