Friday, January 5, 2018

The Mitten Retell

I have always enjoyed acting out the story, The Mitten
During the week we read, The Mitten, many times.  On Friday, the students really get into the story by acting like the animal and squeezing into the mitten.  Yes....all my students that have a headband can fit in the mitten at once!
We use the song pictured below to act out the story together.
The students need to take off their shoes before they can crawl in and listen to the story quietly.  They sure like to giggle in there...but isn't that what makes learning fun! 
I made the mitten out of 2 white sheets and sewed them together. 
I used headbands make each animal. 
See all the fun happening below!  

Thanks for reading & STAY WARM!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Books About Us

Young children are motivated and eager to learn to read when they have the ability to choose what they are reading.  One reading option in our classroom is
"Books About Us". 

During the year, take as many pictures of your students working & playing. 
Make it into a book. 
Use as many sight words as you can.
That's it...favorite books to read again & again. 

Here are some examples from our classroom...

Every kindergarten classroom is made up of a diverse set of readers.  Some students come in knowing how to read a handful of words, while others are still learning the alphabet.  EVERY student can't wait to read about themselves or their friends!   

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thank You Selfies!

These cute little THANK YOU SELFIE NOTES
can be printed and cut out to use whenever
you like for the school year. 
First step...take a selfie with your students.
Look at those bags under my eyes!  That is what 2 nights of Parent Teacher Conferences & Family Stem Night will do to you.  HA!

This bucket sits right on my desk for easy access!
When parents & students show appreciation for your love & hard work...send a little "SELFIE THANK YOU"! 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Student Book Buckets & Easy Tip!

Every classroom should have
Each BOOK BUCKET is filled with materials
that help students have a I CAN READ attitude.

LOOK at what is inside!

Reading tools to point to words, whisper read to self, & stretch out words.

Colors books to keep practicing reading color words.

CLICK HERE to get a copy for your classroom.

Fluency cards to keep practicing letters, shapes, color words, digraphs, numbers, shapes, & more.

CLICK RIGHT HERE to get a set for your classroom.

"Just Right Books" for each student.

Sight Word List

Each of my students have a sight word list card that correlates with his/her homework star punch card they are practicing at home. 

All I do is add their initials at the top of their sight word list with a black sharpie.  Just in case it falls on the floor. Wink! Wink!

When they are ready to move onto the next card...I color over their initials with a black expo marker and wipe away with a tissue.  SO EASY!

Then...I add their initials to the next sight word list. 
This is a great way to keep it at their level and self-paced.

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