Monday, February 8, 2016

Celebrating the 100th Day of School

100th Day of School Celebration. Activities to celebrate the 100th day- 100th day hats, snacks, Fruit Loop necklaces, writing to 100 and so much more.The 100th Day of school has come and gone for me.  A lot of time and energy went into preparing for this big day.  It seemed to pass us by with a blink of an eye. Before we knew it we were rushing out the door with hats on heads, Fruit Loop necklaces around necks and 100th day snacks in hands.

Celebrating the 100th day of school is not a task that should be done alone.  It takes a team of parents or at least one parent and a senior citizen volunteer, in my case, to help pull off this monumental day. The 100th Day of School is not for the weary.  There is no rest or sitting down.  Don't fool yourself into thinking you get lunch, ha! your lucky to get that much needed bathroom break.

Our 100th Day was on a Monday.  I luckily had the Friday before to prepare everything before I left for the weekend.  We began our day with a school wide tour walking in and out of each classroom to look at al of the projects that each student had created.  All teachers had assigned the same 100th day family project. These are just a few of the pictures I took from all of the classrooms that we toured.
100th day of school family projects.  Students create at home with their families and bring back to school.
100th day of school family projects.  Students create at home with their families and bring back to school. 100th day of school family projects.  Students create at home with their families and bring back to school.
We spent the rest of our day rotating through centers.  We made Fruit Loop necklaces.  We put together our 100th Day snack.  The labels are the best thing ever.  I collected the bags as they finished and passed them out at the end of the day. They wrote their numbers to 100  Some kids were able to do this without looking at the 100's chart, some needed to use it along the way, and others I had to stop after they reached 20. It's all about differentiation. The last center was a writing center.  They wrote about something they wished they had 100 of.  I loved reading these;  especially the ones who said they wished they had 100 kittens.  I asked them who would clean that litter box?  Yuck!
100th Day of School Celebration. Activities to celebrate the 100th day- 100th day hats, snacks, Fruit Loop necklaces, writing to 100 and so much more.
The necklace, hats, writing to 100 and even the t-shirt iron on (you can see it in the top right corner of the first photo collage) are all from my Hooray for the 100th Day pack
100th Day of School Celebration. Activities to celebrate the 100th day- 100th day hats, snacks, Fruit Loop necklaces, writing to 100 and so much more.

If you missed the 100th Day snack labels from my earlier post- you can grab them here How to Prepare for the !00th Day.

Enjoy the week.  Happy 100th Day and Happy Valentine's Day- Does anyone have them fall within the same week or on the same day?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Easy Teacher Valentine's

Free Teacher Valentines- No time to create your own.  All you need are some pencils and a printer.  Just print, cut and attach.
Do you need a quick and easy teacher Valentine? You've came to the right blog. All you need are some pencils, a printer, card stock and scissors. You don't even need to have the cute Valentine pencils from the Dollar Store.  They could just be the yellow ones from school that they will keep in their desk.  I only use fancy punches because I used to scrapbook and I need to use them from time to time to validate why I still have them.

You can find the fancy punches at Michael's, but don't forget to bring the 40% off coupon.  If you have an Ellison machine at school, or own any type of electric die cut machine like a Cricut or Cameo, you could cut these out too.   Of course, you can always cut them out by hand.  Better yet, break them out during the Super Bowl and make people feel sorry for you that you have so much work to do.

To be even quicker, you could skip the color card stock background and just attach the pencil to the hearts.  You could also print in gray scale on colored card stock.  So many options.  Just click the picture below to download your FREE copy.
 Free Teacher Valentines- No time to create your own.  All you need are some pencils and a printer.  Just print, cut and attach.
These are from last year.  They really take no time at all.
Free Teacher Valentines- No time to create your own.  All you need are some pencils and a printer.  Just print, cut and attach.
Thanks for stopping by. I will be making mine during the Super Bowl.  I think I'll have my niece put them together.  This will free up my hands so I can scoop up my husband's famous guacamole in one hand and hold my pulled pork sandwich in the other.  I'm all about the food- What game?...

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Having Fun with Read Alouds

Read Alouds for Kindergarten- Need a great way to incorporate read alouds into your day?  Let your students take over and run the show.I read to my class every day after morning and lunch recesses.  However, I may sometimes need to take care of something that occured at recess or set-up for our next learning activity. This makes reading aloud impossible and expecting students to sit quietly on the carpet waiting isn't an option.  I have turned this time into a student spotlight moment. My students LOVE to be the "Guest Book Presenter" for the read aloud.

I have a ton of books on tapes and CD's and a big book easel.   I started with the most capable students first.  The ones I knew who could turn the pages at the audible page turning sounds.  While the story is playing, the Guest Book Presenter turns the pages when prompted.  This gives me the time I need to take care of whatever it is I need to deal with and it gives my students an opportunity to be in the spotlight. It is a win-win!

On a side note you may be wondering well, where do I get all of these books on (tapes/CD) yes, I wrote tapes.  I've been teaching and collecting for a while.  I also try to buy them each month from scholastic book orders with my bonus points.  Scholastic book clubs is the easiest and the least expensive way I have found to order the books and CD.  I especially like it when they bundle the 4 books and CD's together.

Below is just a few of the books we will be using in the next few weeks  These books can be found on Amazon and come with CD's.

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I encourage you to give it a try. If you already use a listening center in your classroom, then your students should know how to turn the pages when they hear the page turning sounds.  Just tell them you will be selecting the Guest Book Presenter based on their listening skills. That should help to keep them quiet.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

How to Prepare for the 100th Day of School

How to Prepare for the 100th Day of School, Time4Kindergarten, 100th day of school activities for kindergartenIt's that time of year when you look at your hundreds chart and think  oh no!!! the hundredth of school is almost here and I haven't prepared. What do I do?  Have no fear.  I've got your back.  It is a day that I love.  I think about it long before it arrives.  Each year our entire school celebrates and this year I plan for it to be bigger and better than last year.

During the winter holiday our fabulous PTA volunteers decorated every door in our school.  Well, that gave me an idea for this year's 100th day celebration.  I showed them my Pinterest board and asked them to make banners for 14 classrooms.  After a few days they came back to me with ideas.  They were armed with paper and ready to go.  They will be making banners for doors and a huge banner for the front of the school.  I can hardly wait for February 1st.
100th day of school ideas on pinterest, time4kindergarten
We are a primary school, which means we are only K-2nd.  Each classroom celebrates in some form.  Most classrooms will be doing some sort of 100th day project either as a family project like I do or as an in class project.  School wide we also do a canned food drive for our local food bank. I like to turn this into a math lesson.  We group the cans by tens and practice our counting.  We like to make it a friendly competition with the other classrooms too.

This year to prepare, we will be make hats on the Friday before.  We will also be coloring in the numbers for our necklaces.  This will give us plenty of time to have fun, fun, fun on Monday.
100th day of school hat, time4kindergarten
100th day of school hat, time4kindergarten
100th day of school necklace, time4kindergarten
So, what do we do on the 100th day of school? We, make a 100th day snack using a ten frame.  After they place ten items on the frame they put their snack in the bag and move on to the next bowl and fill up their ten frame again and repeat until they have moved all the way through the line.  It works so well.
100th day of school, Time4kindergarten
100th day of school snack, Time4kindergarten
Last year I made labels for their ziplock bags ahead of time;  because you know someone always puts down their bag and then they have no idea where their snack is. You can get a copy of my labels here.  I use the Avery 8163 label to print on.  All you need to do is just highlight the part that says Name and type in your students' name.  You will not be able to change any of the other text on the label. Just change names, print, stick and done.
 100th day snack label, time4kindergarten, 100th day of school
We make also make a necklace. First they color in the numbers, then cut out the circles.  Next, using a ten frame card and some Fruit Loop type cereal they count out ten pieces of cereal, string and add the number 10, then repeat adding the number 20 and so on...
100th Day of school necklace,Time4Kindergarten100th Day of school necklace,Time4Kindergarten100th Day of school necklace,Time4Kindergarten
We will be writing our numbers from 1 to 100
100th Day math, write to 100, Time4Kindergarten
We will round out the day with some writing too. 100th day writing, I wish I had 100, Time4kindergarten
We usually end our day with a school tour of all the classrooms that participated in the 100th day project.  We have so much fun walking through all the rooms looking at all the creative and unique ways to celebrate our special day.

All of these ideas can be found in my Hooray for the 100th Day pack.  If you already own it, be sure to download it again. I have recently updated it (1/23/2016)  Just go to TpT my Purchases and select Download.  to automatically download again for the latest version.
Hooray for the 100th day, Time4Kindergarten, Celebrate the 100th day of school
We only have 6 days until our big event.  How many days do you have?

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Hello Winter

Hello Winter-Snow snowman globe marble art craft project for kids
Hello winter you have arrived.  This week we have had some chilly breezes  along with some heavy rain making it officially winter here in Northern California.  We desperately need the rain and are very thankful that it only seems to rain in between our recesses. Hooray for small miracles.  Yesterday as I was picking up my students from lunch a little one looks up into the sky and asks me "Where is Mr. Sun going?" It was so cute, the sky was quickly filling with rain clouds.  By the time we had reached our classroom it had started to rain.

It has been a busy week with lots of learning and some mid year Dibels.  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you may have seen the pictures I have been sharing.  I am trying to use social media more this year to share what we do in our classroom.  Here are the pictures that I have shared.

My kids may not all be out of the red on Dibels, but many have made HUGE improvements from where they started and that is something to be very proud of.  I shared their scores with them, to show them how hard they had been working and how proud they should be.  Their smiles were priceless. Some jumped from scoring a 1 on FSF to a 54 or 3 on LNF to 55.  I think that is something to CHEER about.  When I had posted this picture I didn't realize that the booklet on top had such a high score. I'd like to say that all my scores are like this, but in reality that just isn't the case.
Deibels testing- working towards the the year end goals
This however is what a true kindergarten classroom looks like. 
Dibels in kindergarten mid year assessment, Time 4 Kindergarten
Everyone has made growth some much more than others, but that is how it always is.  All of my students come to school with a variety of kindergarten readiness skills.  All of my students also have a variety of home support.  Some have a lot of parental involvement, meaning their parents spend time reading to them, looking at their class work and talking about their homework with them.  My other students just aren't so fortunate.  Many at least have an older sibling who reads to them, but the parents are also relying on that sibling to help  their younger siblings with their homework and with the skills they need more practice with.  For those students who don't have the parental support or the sibling support they just need much more support at school.

Do I love the assessment not really, but do I learn from it- absolutely, I learned for example that student in the 3rd row, although is a fabulous reader and writer, has some gaps and really struggles with medial and ending sounds. A few other students surprised me and showed me that they knew more than I thought they did. I think what is most important is that I take the information from this assessment and do something with it.
Last Weeks Re-Cap
Last week we continued to use math centers from my Hello Winter Math and Literacy pack. We worked on the following skills, measurement, number bonds and addition facts
 addition math center, Time 4 Kindergarten, Winter Math Stations
measurement math center, Time 4 Kindergarten,  Math stationsnumber bonds, winter math centers, Time 4 Kindergarten
For our Literacy Centers we worked with Syllables.  We will revisit this again.  One word syllables are hard.  My little ones wanted to make hat into two syllables as in ha-at and scarf was scar-arf.  I guess it is a good thing that I made two sets of cards for this center.  
teaching syllables in kindergarten, Time 4 Kindergarten
math and literacy centers for winter, kindergarten
If you only want the math stations or just the literacy stations, I have separated the bundle into two sets.
Hello Winter Literacy Stations-Everything you need to teach your students and meet the common core standards. This packet has 10 literacy stations covering skills such as sight words, CVC, syllables, vowels, word families, and so much more.Hello Winter Math Stations-Everything you need to teach your students and meet the common core standards. This packet has 10 math stations covering skills such as addition, number bonds, tally marks, base ten, and so much more.
We also worked on writing.  We have been learning about penguins.  Writing this week was a center so I could work with students in a small group. I asked each student to think about what they had learned about penguins.  Then each student took a turn telling me one fact they had learned in a complete sentence. Their fact became their writing.  For the words they needed help with spelling, they were able to use the words from our January writing center and our classroom word wall.  We have been working on segmenting words to help us write and many students are becoming quite successful with this now.
kindergarten writing center, January  writing word wall, Time 4 Kindergarten
Kindergarten writing, Time 4 Kindergartenkindergarten writing, Time 4 Kindergarten
January writing center- This January center is complete with colorful vocabulary picture cards and stationary.

We also read the book, Snowmen at Night it is a favorite of mine. After reading the book, we made our own version of what we think snowmen do at night.
Snowmen at Night, Time 4 KindergartenSnowmen at night, Time 4 Kindergarten, Kindergarten Writing
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I really like all the books in this series- I just ordered the Snowmen at play, I didn't have that one.

These are the snow globes we started the week before, but we finished them up last Monday.  The kids loved the marble painting..  I think we will do some more marble painting in February with hearts.
marble painting the snow globessnow globes art craft, Winter art project for kindergarten by Time 4 Kindergarten
Both the Snowmen at Night and the Snow Globe Craft project are Available in my TpT store
Snowmen at Night writing and craft project for the classroomHello Winter-Snow globe snowman marble art craft project for kids

As you can see last week was BUSY and this next week will only be 4 days, but it too will be busy.  I didn't even share everything with you.  There just wasn't time to take photos and well who wants to spend an hour reading a blog post.

Hopefully you are like me and are having a 3-day weekend. Enjoy it- I'm planning to stay indoors and avoid the rain.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

All About Polar Bears

All About Polar Bears, videos, books, songs resources for kindergarten
Winter at last!! It's that time of year to start learning all about polar bears and arctic animals.  There is so many resources out there, that it can be hard to know where to start or how to narrow it down.  In preparation, I've compiled a list of videos to show and books to read.  I've made sure that the videos still work too.  There is nothing worse then having a video with a dead link.  I've also listed a an experiments to try and I've even included a Freebie for you along the way.
polar bear videos
Meet the Polar Bear
My Kids Loved to sing this fun song last year.
I can't wait to teach my class this song this year. 
The Polar Bear Song
Cool Cute Cubs: Amazing Animal Babies
If you liked that song above, you might like this one too.
This is another fun song I found years ago. I do not know where this came from If you know please email me so I can give proper reference

Sung to the tune of "My Bonnie."
The polar bear lives in the Arctic,
He never gets cold in a storm,
He swims in the icy cold water,
His heavy coat keeps him warm.

Warm, warm, warm, warm,
His heavy coat keeps him warm.
Warm, warm, warm, warm,
His heavy coat keeps him warm!

We will also be doing the blubber experiment.  Have you ever tried it? Preparing it is kind of messy.  Here are some pictures and how to steps to get you started. You will need:
  • 1 large can of shortening 
  • 2 Large ziplock bags
  • Duck Tap
  • 1 large container to hold water
The Blubber Experiment, Arctic Animals
Now for the fun part.  Fill a container with ice water.  Have your students put one hand inside the blubber bag and one hand inside the the ice water.  If all goes as planned, the hand inside the blubber should be able to stay in the water longer. Last year I let my students place their hand inside a dry ziplock bag in order to keep their sleeves dry.  I used a small garbage can as my container, I only have access to my classroom sink for water so lugging a huge tub of water outside in the winter wasn't possible for me.
The Blubber Experiment, How Polar Bears Keep Warm

Polar Bear Books, Arctic Animals

Books are the best part. Put a bucket of books out for your kids to explore, stand back and listen as they share and talk with each other about what it is they are seeing.

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These are some of my favorite books about polar bears.  Polar Opposites was a new one for me last year.  This year I will be using it to introduce the vocabulary word opposite. Kindle subscribers read it for free.  
Ice Bear is another one of my absolute favorites!!!  I bought it with the  audio CD. I highly recommend it.  Sometimes having someone else tell a story is just more entertaining for your little ones then having them listen to you. 
Here are links to all the other books shown above.

Are you still hanging with me- Now it's time for that little Freebie I promised.  Once we've learned all about polar bears.  My kids will be  working on their very first non-fiction reports.  They are kindergartners after all, so this is meant to be simple. 
Time 4 Kindergarten: Freebie All About Polar Bears Writing
Well, that is it.  I hope I've given you some valuable resources.  If you have some that I haven't shared here, please list them in the comments.

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