Aug282015

Beginning of School Year Organizational Ideas

Name Matching

What is a name wall?  A name wall is similar to a word wall but only the names in the classroom are posted.  This a great way to display your word wall for the beginning of the school year.  On pages 25-29 in your free Friendship theme unit you will find the letters that can be [...]

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Aug172015

Teaching Ideas for the New School Year

Phonemic and Phonological Awareness

  Many of you will be entering the new school year and the excitement of meeting your little learners is mounting.  They will all enter with a wide range of skills and abilities.  With the curriculum expectations becoming more rigorous, we tend to omit the basics. When I started teaching kindergarten, I was so eager on [...]

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Jul242015

Teaching the Alphabet

Alphabet Program

Teaching the alphabet to young learners is complex and should not be viewed as a simplistic process.  Initially, the children need to be able to hear sounds and this is where direct phonemic instruction needs to come into play.  I have written many posts about phonemic awareness but in this particular post I wanted to [...]

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May262015

Insect/Bugs Experiments

Hungry Caterpillar

  Observing Caterpillars Changing Into Butterflies One of the most rewarding and fun experiences is observing caterpillars changing into butterflies.  If you have an opportunity for your students to experience this process, it is a sure winner when doing the “Insect” theme unit.  You would need to search different supply companies in your area that [...]

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May092015

Plant and Seed Experiments

Seed Planted In CD Case

Can Seeds Grow Under Different Conditions? Environmental Experiment One In the last week my students have been planting lima bean seeds (they grow the fastest).  The students are experimenting to see if the seeds can grow under different conditions. The seeds are planted under the different conditions as described in the book “The Tiny Seed” [...]

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Apr182015

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Crafts

Mother's Day Picture Frame

Treasured Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Crafts/Gifts I have always been perplexed about what my students could create that woud be a treasured Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Christmas gift.   A couple of years ago our Kindergarten classes decided to have the “Clay Teacher” come into our classrooms and direct a pottery lesson for [...]

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Apr032015

Pre-K Guided Writing

Fairy Tale Theme for April-May

Importance of Guided Writing Within Your Classroom During the later part of the Kindergarten school year (February-June) I started pulling small groups of students to work with me on writing short sentences that  follow a pattern.  This writing is so important as it allows them practice what they have learned about letters and sounds and [...]

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Mar142015

St. Patrick’s Day Free Resources

Leprechaun Writing

PowerPoint Presentation from Teacher’s Conventions I  spoke at two teacher’s conventions last month.  It was a huge hurdle for me but with the encouragement from co-workers and family, it was less daunting.  The session focused on how I use a balanced literacy model successfully within both my Kindergarten and grade one classes.  This approach to [...]

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Feb052015

100th Day Printables

100th Day Reader

We are going to be celebrating the 100th day of school in the next two weeks.  I wanted to share the printables that I have put together to celebrate this event.  In the links below you will find different versions of the reader I intend to use for shared reading.  I will be projecting the [...]

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Jan242015

Informational Content Plans

Shared Reading

Focus on Informational Content In the recent years there has been more concentration on the importance of students being able to read and understand informational content.   This has certainly become evident in recent curriculum changes.  The “Zoo” theme offers an ideal opportunity to address meeting your “R.I.K” outcomes.   Zoo Informational Content Theme Read [...]

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