Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sight Word THE

After reading the word the, tracing it using large arm movements, tracing it on the rug, tracing it on our friends back, . . .   We put on our "sight word glasses" (kids sunglasses with the lens popped out) and went to find the word the.  We looked on the walls, on game boxes, in books from the classroom library, etc.  Each time a student found the word the - the student circled a the on a Find 12 THEs sheet.  When a student circled all the thes - the student could help friends. Not only did they enjoy finding the thes - the FDKers were extremely helpful and enthusiastic coaches for their peers.  All on the third day of school!

The Find 12 THEs sheet helped focus the student on the task of finding the, reinforced the spelling and look of the, and gave the child a paper to take home and read to parents.
The sheet and simple directions are free at My Teacher Pay Teacher Store

If you purchased my Super Sight Word Success packet, this page is an addition.
I kinda like me in the 3D Sight Word Glasses.  Oh no.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Eric Carle Fun

This isn't about Kindergarten (except for relationship to Eric Carle). It's just about cute.  My friends and I made these onesies and favors for our dear friend's daughter's baby shower. We plan to hang the clothes on ribbon with the favors for decoration.
These are some of the onesies and bibs we made.

We made about 50 of these. Each has its own personality.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Sight Words, Sight Words and more Sight Words

There are chair marks on my thighs and a cramp in my shoulder but -- I got all my Super Sight Word Success  put in a zip file. Phew! After typing away a beautiful day I couldn't even download the file to TeachersPayTeachers because they were too busy. That hurt (even if it was my own fault). I'm afraid no one will ever see my great packet as there are literally 100s of sight word products.

I am super proud of my Super Sight Word Success packet although not nearly as proud as I was of my kindergarteners last year. They were Sight Word Sensations! I know my methods work and now it will be even easier for me to implement them this year and think of more ways to improve.
My cover page - dogs of course.

There are 105 sight word pages like this. AND 105 in a traditional font. 
This week I will figure out how to put a free game page on this blog. It was a class favorite. Anyway check out the packet Super Sight Word Success  Over 300 pages of information, flashcards, worksheets and activities. Spread the sight word.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Monster Glyph DONE

Stayed home today with my granddaughter. She wanted to sew. So - I let her. Then I finished a project that will surely raise the I.Q. of every student in my class. I sewed basket liners for the 2 baskets that hold tracing pages and plain drawing paper.  They currently have ugly plaid liners that came with the baskets. NOW they will have brown checked DOG print liners. That is about as useful as the curtain toppers I made.

I did FINALLY finish my unit for Glad Monster / Sad Monster by Ed Emberley and Anne Miranda. Since I can't stop in the middle of making these units and sew, I don't know why it takes me so long. I hope someone else gets some use out of it.

Here's what one of the template pages looks like.  Besides the glyph information I put in lots of writing pages and display pages too.
Monster Lesson
Time to sort the posters!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Classroom Set UP!

I should just set up a bed considering all the time I spend setting up my classroom. Every year I am sure THIS is the year it will be fast and easy. That might be possible if I wasn't so in love with change improvement and growth. Some rules I made for myself as I cleaned out and set up:

1. If I didn't use it last year - GET RID OF IT!!
    I know that is a super hard rule and maybe I fudged a little BUT oh what a relief to finally say good bye to that pile of chalkboards that no child has ever touched; those cute but poorly written letter books; the fake leather fabric swatches that are never going to be Native American anything; . . .  Be brave.  You can and should do it too. (Unless you have a huge storage room with lots of open space.  I'm sure there is some teacher out there somewhere with this. Well, kinda sure.) Also, if something is missing a piece/part and the piece didn't show up during your cleanse - get rid of it.

2. All new games must fit in a plastic shoebox.
    This will enable me to make lots of new games and learning activities and actually have somewhere to put them.  Also the additional materials won't turn my room into visual overload. I may even find the game I'm looking for WHEN I'm looking for it.
My new shelves - already pretty full:(   These are Literacy activities.

My "magic" storage unit.  This thing held almost all those shoe boxes. Now it has all the puzzles, my ridiculously large collection of Guess Who? games, and TONS more. It rolls out, has space for a basket underneath and was FREE.
3. Sort it, level it, categorize it, color code it, order it  - BEFORE putting it away.
    Which probably explains why it is taking me FOREVER to set up my room.  I do not want to dig through stuff once school starts. I want to know what I have and where it is.
This is one side of my shelf of Guided Reading books - the ones I use to teach lessons. I like these cloth bins because they are visually plain AND deceptively roomy. I am considering hanging tags on the handles that tell the level. But I'm thinking once I bend down to read the label I can see in the bin anyway.  Besides I just put them on the shelf in order from AA - H+. 
    I have a great methodology for my Sight Words. Today I sorted and inventoried the take home books I use. I might even put them in a data base. Next week I attack the Writers' Workshop supply area. That's going to be tough since I think the shelf is too small.
    I also waste make time to change the decor a little. This summer I bought a rocking chair for the reading corner and painted it.
We are the "Rainbow Class."

I have triangle curtains on the windows to the outside and the front hall windows. I decided to spruce them up a little.
There used to be only the 2 blue pieces.  I added the yellow and the bone print fabric at the top. I use magnets on the shade to hold them up.  The middle window has 3 coordinating dog prints.
My BIG classroom decorating tip:  Use fabric for your borders. There are tons of great themes and prints to choose from. I snip the edge and then riiiiiiiiip.  Do this every 2 - 3 inches. Staple around your bulletin board edges. Use them to divide a large bulletin board into 2 or 3 sections. I also cover our bulletin board strips. They still work and look much better. I use fabric to cover any display tables. This includes outside the door of my classroom or for when I set up a table with materials for parents. Confession: I change the fabric on the display tables outside my classroom every month to go with our theme or the time of year.
      I'm always looking to improve my system. I have my posters sorted into artist portfolios by subject: Artists, Composers, Science, Seasonal etc.  I bought some more portfolios and am going to try sorting by month. This should make taking down and putting up new posters easier - I hope.  Until I think of a better idea.