Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Classroom Attention Getters

Remember back to when you were in school and all the teacher needed to do to get your attention was flick the lights on or ring the little bell?  Today, there are so many different ways to grab your classes attention.  Over the years, I have tried so many-
The Chimes
classroom attention getters
The Light Switch
classroom attention getters
Dancing Coconut Tree
It lights up, shakes and plays a tune.
classroom attention getters
The Pattern Clap
classroom attention getters

Give Me Five
*Eyes on the Speaker
*Be Still
*Hands Free

All of these work for a while, but let's face it,  if I need their attention ringing chimes or running over to the light switch might not be so easy.  Especially if I'm across the room.  This is when a Patten Clap or the give me Five Works.  

However my top two favorite attention getters are...
1-2-3 Eyes n Me

I say "1-2-3 Eyes On Me"
Students reply "1-2 Eyes On You"
as they lace their hands on their head

You can grab a FREE copy by clicking on the photo.
The Wireless Doorbell
classroom attention getters
I love my wireless doorbell.  It comes with two remotes.  I keep one on my teaching cart.  It is in the center of the classroom so the remote is easy to reach.  The other remote usually stays at my reading table, but sometimes I carry it around in my pocket, if I'm going to be hopping from table to table.  There are tons of wireless remote options out there.  I bought an inexpensive one from Amazon.  It comes tithe over 30 different melodies.  The second my kids hear it, they stop what they are doing and place their hands on there head.
classroom attention getters
What do you use to grab your students undivided attention?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bright Ideas Round Up

It's time to round up and re-cap all the Bright Ideas that have been shared these last 10 months.   If you missed a month's Bright Ideas post or are new to our M\monthly postings, now is the time to catch up.
Bright Ideas Round-Up

Today I'll share a few of my favorites that I have blogged about.
Bright Ideas Round-Up
Bright Ideas Round-Up
Bright Ideas Round-Upm magic erasers
Bright Ideas Round-Up,magic eraser, mr. clean
Bright Ideas Round-Up, Debbie Dillar, Math station, literacy station

Bright Ideas Round-Up, Debbie Dillar, Math station, literacy station
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thankful Turkeys and Kindergarten Writing

It is our turn to decorate the office bulletin board, so I decided to use our Thankful Turkey creativity.  Yesterday we created the Turkey part and today we completed the writing.  We brainstormed what we were thankful.  Some of their answers made me a little sad- I'm thankful for my bed, I'm thankful for food.  I of course had the I'm thankful for my toys, Xbox and iPad.  However, we discussed why we should be thankful for these things, and that there are other things more important to be thankful for.  This year, I feel like my class really got the point I was trying to make  Although they are only 5 years old, many understood how lucky they were to have their very own bedroom, or their own bed. Some of our families sleep all in one room as there are multiple families in one household.  I also loved the answers of I'm thankful for my school and my teacher.
Thankful turkeys, kindergarten writing
Thankful turkeys, kindergarten writing
Thankful turkeys, kindergarten writing
Thankful turkeys, kindergarten writing
You can get the pattern here from my TpT Store.

I've also been working on writing this week during literacy center time.  Each day I work with a small group.  I'm teaching them how to locate words on our word wall and how to use our thematic word wall chart.
writing center, kindergarten journals, kindergarten writing
kindergarten journals, kindergarten writing
kindergarten journals, kindergarten writing
I think they did fairly well being that it is only November.  We still need to work on illustrations, but for some this is quite an improvement.

Lastly, Our district got together today for a little bowling tournement  Our school swept the awards with Best Costumes
Lowest Bowling Score by a Single Bowler
& Best Form
I work with the Best People!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Math Centers for November

I have been so busy with all that November brings that I keep forgetting to tell you all about our November Math centers.   I have several November themed products in my TpT store, but these centers are my latest and my favorite.  I'm starting to assess for report cards and needed something that my kids could do in table groups with partners.

So far, so good.  With just a few minutes of explanation- the kiddos were off to their tables, and I was able to get a few kids assessed.  It can be very painful listening to 5 year olds count to 100.  I can't be interrupted, so the centers need to be independent.

The pictures below show the missing numbers center.  It works with numbers before, between and after.  For my kids who need extra help, I give them a number line to use.
November centers, missing numbers, kindergarten math centers
missing numbers, kindergarten math, november centers
This is a ten frame counting and matching game.  This is quick way to practice one to one correspondence and have kids be able to recognize (subitize) a ten frame.
ten frame turkeys
I didn't get a chance to take photos of the other centers. 
There is a Roll and Cover 3D Shapes
3D shapes, November Math and Literacy centers
 Count and Clip
count and clip,November Math and Literacy centers
 Count and Match the Feathers
November Math and Literacy centers
All of these are in my...
November Math and Literacy centers
Check back tomorrow as I'll be sharing our writing center and Turkey Craftivity.

For those who are beginning to do assessments, how do you mange what the other kids are doing?

Monday, November 10, 2014

What a Kindergarten Teacher Does on a Four Day Weekend

This is a short week for us.  We are having a four day weekend on account of Veteran;s Day being a Tuesday this year.  Having these four days has been such a blessing.  My daughter came home for the weekend.  Which means some quality mom and daughter time.
So far this weekend,
I've given back to the economy- 

Yes, I do need another pair of black boots
Tights, black boots and a cardigan will make this perfect for the fall months.

Leggings and black boots and I'll have another comfy fall outfit.

Now you see why i needed those black boots.  Funny thing is they were the first thing I bought.  The rest just happened to go with the boots

I can't share all i bought- some of it is for Christmas.

I've had time to plan for a few upcoming lessons on Long Ago and Today.  
long ago and today, past and present, kindergarten historylong ago and today, past and present, kindergarten history
long ago and today, past and present, kindergarten history

I went Bowling with friends and family.

My daughter and I watched The Fault in Our Stars

Drum Roll Please…..
I re-learned how to use these tools.
I forgot how laborious housecleaning can be.  

I still have one more day left.  Unfortunately we will begin it by attending a memorial service.  After that, I intend to just be lazy, maybe rent another movie and just spend time with my family.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November News

Yikes, I have been MIA- It happens every November for me, I get the crud.  It started last week with laryngitis and moved to a severe cold, the kind that needs Nyquil.  Last week was such a busy week, that I couldn't be absent.  I had pumpkins to explore and Halloween to prep for.  I finally got my writing center up and running and wish I had a picture to share of the writing we did.  I did remember to take a picture of the writing center.  The kids loved having the cards to refer to and it was great way to introduce some vocabulary to my English Language Learners.  Novembers, is ringing as I type… I'll get it posted to TpT soon I promise.  If you bought my October center, I'd love some feedback.  You can always email me if you prefer not to leave your comments here or on TpT.
October writing center, kindergarten writing

Halloween day it rained of course and the kids were all too excited to really focus on learning. However, we made the best of it and I made it trough the day having our parade and noontime carnival.  I think it was the power of my tutu and cape that helped me persevere.

Teacher Superhero Costumes
We are a K-2 school so fun had to had by all!!! 
I designed the shirts and we got together for a night of tutu making.  
The kids loved see us. all dressed up
Teacher Superhero Costumes
Our high school marching band comes every year and performs.  This year was sensational.  No wonder they will be playing at Carnegie Hall in March 2015.  I am proud to say that some of these great musicians are former students.

By the time Friday night Halloween Night rolled around, I could be found on the couch with blankets, a pillow, the remote and a bag of cough drops.  i was MISERABLE.  I stayed there for the weekend watching Hallmark Christmas movies in between coughing spasms and mini naps.  

 I knew Sunday night that I needed one more day of rest.  We use a computerized sub system.  There was a glyph in the system and I didn't get a sub for Monday.  I called our secretary who was able to fix it.  I mean, who would want too work those hours.
THANKFULLY!!! I work with some amazing people who all jumped in and stayed with my kids following my plans and keeping my kids on track.  I had the Title 1 Teacher, the Resource Specialist and the reading/PE Teacher all take my kids.  After lunch a co-worker noticed my class waiting to be picked up, so she took them to her room with her 20 kids until someone else could take them.  We have a shortage of subs in our district  as well.  This isn't the first time we have had to do the sub-shuffle.

I asked the other day on my Facebook page about substitute shortages, it seems to be an epidemic nation wide.  I remember when getting a sub was so easy, there were always several qualified people to choose from.  Now, it it sometimes frightening to let it fall to the system if I haven't been able to pre-arrange it.

I did manage Sunday, to finish a few projects that I have been working on.
number fluency, number recognition kindergarten. KCC

November centers, thanksgiving in kindergarten, turkey centers

I have more to share, but I'm trying to make a better effort of spending time with my husband and our dogs. I had some quality time with my son earlier over  an In and Out Burger- he's 18 years old, so any time with him is quality these days, even if it is just eating burgers together.  I also have some much needed laundry to do.  Not even my cape and tutu can help me get through that- although if I don't do laundry all I'll have to wear is a cape and tutu.

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