Sunday, August 21, 2016

Top 3 and a Giveaway!

I've been busy getting my room ready for the start of school but want take a break to share a few things with you.
Look at my adorable sign for the First Day of School photo!  

I am seriously in love with it and can't wait to use it!  I bought the frame from Target in the Dollar Spot and had local teacher do the lettering and design.  She is amazing!  If you're interested, check out her store, Signs by Sarah!

I am officially a GoNoodle Ambassador!
I am so excited to share everything awesome about GoNoodle this year!  Stay tuned for some Champ-tastic fun!

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a BONUS sale tomorrow!
I'm giving away a $10 TPT giftcard to celebrate!

Click on the link to enter.  It's going to be a quick one since the sale it tomorrow!
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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Book Review-"Passing the Bone: America's next POTUS"

I don't know about you but I sometimes struggle with talking about a presidential election with kindergartners.  I can talk about the process but it never fails that a child or two shares negative comments about the candidates that I imagine come from their parents.  I try to stay as neutral as possible and share about the importance of voting and taking part in the political process. 

This year I have a book that does a great job of sharing the role of the president without taking sides and is fun to read.  I was lucky enough to be contacted to review the cutest book, "Passing the Bone: America's next POTUS."  Passing the Bone is told from the point of view of Bo Obama.  Bo is talking to the next pet of the President of the United States.  The illustrations are adorable and so is the story.

Bo walks the next pet though a day in the life of being the First Pet.  It talks about Camp David, Air Force One, rules of the White House and the importance of acting presidential when meeting celebrities and dignitaries.  It even shows Bo sitting with Jimmy Fallon (my fave!).

Passing the Bone: America's Next POTUS was written by a teacher named Heather Patterson.  If you visit her website, she offers some great resources for teachers and their classrooms.  I especially love the vocab list she offers to explain some of the places and things in the book.  I plan on keeping the vocab list by my reading area when I read this book to my kinders.  She also offers a lesson plan with a list of lesson extension ideas.  FABULOUS!!

You can purchase her book on Amazon or through her website.

Do you have any tried and true books that you read to talk about the President and his or her job?  I'd love to hear about them if you do.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

How 100% of my class met the sight word goal

This year was a year of more.  More expectations, more rigor (blech!) and more curriculum.  The biggest change of all is that we will have to use a packaged curriculum for both reading and math for the first time in years and years.  With fidelity.  All of it.  I've tried to stay positive but it is so hard knowing that my students leave kindergarten happy readers, happy mathematicians,  and lovers of school but that may change.  My students meet standards AND have a fun kindergarten experience.  I've been so overwhelmed that I've neglected this blog and haven't done a lot of Pinteresting because I know I can't use much of it. 

One big positive this year is my group of students.  I had 21 of the coolest, sweetest, and hardest working students.  We started the year with zero readers and now they are rocking it!  Part of becoming good readers is knowing a healthy amount of sight words.  I needed a differentiated tool that would motive students to learn more and more words. 

Enter Word Wallets!

They work like this...
Students each get a Wallet and List 1 of words.  They also take a list home to their families to practice.  My kiddos practiced those words during Word Work at school.  I checked in with them a few times a month to see what words they have mastered.  I highlighted the known words and the kids continued to practice the unknown words until the entire list was mastered and they graduate to the next list. 

It worked like a charm!  My class was super motivated to learn words and to speed through the lists.  By the end of the year, I had kids who had learned over 600 words!  100% of my class learned the required 40 words set by my district. 

Next year, we'll be using Journeys 2017 and my students will have to learn 88 words (yikes!).  I adapted the Word Wallets to work the same way.  If you want to check out Word Wallets and try them for yourself, click here

I included the Kindergarten Journeys Words, the First Grade Journeys Words (for kids who are ready for a challenge), a Teacher Check Sheet (a master list of what words each student knows), a Take Home Letter and labels to make your own Word Wallets.