Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cyber Monday Sale and Holidays Around the World

Don't forget to check out the big sale tomorrow and Tuesday!  All my products are on sale 20 percent, and TPT is adding an additional 10 percent off, so you can get a total of 28 percent off.  Just enter cmt12 at checkout!

I am so excited to be moving into December.  It is such a fun time at school.  I teach about 4 holidays during December - Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and Las Posadas.  It is a great opportunity for students to make connections and compare and contrast.  They learn about diversity and develop appreciation for other cultures, all while excitedly sharing their own December traditions.  

I'm really happy this year to have 4 weeks for our holiday studies.  I've created an emergent reader to kick off each holiday and integrated it with our focus sight words.  We'll start with this Hanukkah book. 
I built in differentiation with the books through three different levels of activity.  My struggling students will work on highlighting target letters as they read the book.  My on-level kids will write in one of our new sight words "have."  And my students who need a challenge will phonetically spell the vocabulary words related to Hanukkah on each page.  Something for everyone, all in the same book.  If you'd like to purchase the Hanukkah emergent reader, click the picture above.

For all 4 holiday emergent readers (bundled together for a 2 dollar savings), click the picture below!
Happy (almost) December!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We had a very busy Tuesday at school before our break, so I definitely feel like I earned my time off. :)  Our kindergarten classes did a Thanksgiving program and soup/grilled cheese lunch for our families.  It was so much fun and the parents really enjoyed it.  But first, of course, we had to decorate and turk-ify our classroom.  Here are some of the activities we did...

We made tie-dyed turkeys for our windows.  I saw a few different ideas for how to do these on pinterest.  We just colored the coffee filters with markers and then the kids "painted" the coffee filter  with water.  You could also use spray bottles of water, or vinegar.  I've done it before with vinegar and water so students can compare the ways the different materials act on the colors.  Lots of possibilities!  I realize we forgot to put wings on these little guys...oh well.
We made word family turkeys from Cara Carroll.  She made them for Long A words, but included a blank one which I used to make the word families we've been working on.  The kids each got different word families depending on their needs and had to write words on the feathers that went with the family.

They loved seeing them hanging from the ceiling!

We also did this fun writing/drawing activity by Deanna Jump.  After reading Turkey Trouble, by Wendi Silvano, they made a disguise for their turkey so it wouldn't get eaten.  Some of my kids got confused by the "reward" section, so they just used that space to label their turkey.  They turned out so cute!
Turkey as a Pizza Delivery Man
Turkey Cow
A Turkey Princess
A Turkey Ninja
On Tuesday, we had our big program and I wanted the kids to share some writing before we ate.  We read The Most Thankful Thing, by Lisa McCourt, and listed three things we were most thankful for.  Then, we set their writing at their seats so the kids could share it with their families while they waited for lunch to be served.  
I am thankful for my class, Ms. Faerber, and leaves.
I am thankful for my dad because he loves me, my cats, and my mom.
I thought these last two were so sweet.  We have two "best friends" in our class, Lilly and Olivia, and I typically don't see such a strong friendship at this point in kindergarten.  But they are so cute and are just always thinking of each other.  They both listed each other as one of their "most thankful things" without even seeing the other's paper.
I am thankful for my big dog, Olivia, and my family.
I am  thankful for my mouse, my mom, and Lily.
 I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I'll be joining with many other sellers for a sale in my TeachersPayTeachers store for Cyber Monday and Tuesday.  Check me out if you have a chance!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Welcome. Thanks for reading!

Thank you for checking out my blog.  I hope to use this blog to connect with other educators, find new ideas, and also share what's worked for my classroom.

A little about me...I'm a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and a big Tarheels fan!  I teach in a Title One school, working with a diverse group of children, who challenge me and keep me motivated to become a better teacher every day.  Some of my biggest teaching interests include learning styles, integration of arts, music, and technology, and math instruction. 

I've been teaching at my sweet little school for four years now - 3 in kindergarten and 1 in first. (I looped up with a kindergarten group.)  I feel so blessed to work with such dedicated educators and I hope to connect with more teachers through this blog.

Outside of work, my favorite things include my niece and nephew...

and my dog Harper!
Thank you again for reading.  I'm super excited to share my passion for teaching here!
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