Thursday, December 22, 2011

Currently....December {A Linky-Party}

I am loving this linky-party! It's fun to blog-hop around & check out what other teachers are doing.

Here's what I am up to:


If you'd like to join the Currently...December linky-party, click here.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mrs. Wishy-Washy Art, Christmas Cards & More Kindergarten Christmas Art


Christmas Art activities for kids
MRS. WISHY-WASHY ART

Here is an art activity we did this week to go along with Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Christmas.
Christmas Art activities for kids

Christmas Art activities for kids

Christmas Art activities for kids

Christmas Art activities for kids
...and a class book that's become a fast favorite
Christmas Art activities for kids

Christmas Art activities for kids

CHRISTMAS ART

Mitten Cards
These activities were led by a parent volunteer/former teacher. At one station, students made a Christmas card using mini clothespins, folded stock paper, elasticized string, and a mitten template.
Christmas Art activities for kids

Christmas Art activities for kids
Students colored the mittens, cut them out, and pinned them onto the "clothesline".
Christmas Art activities for kids

Christmas Art activities for kids
Christmas Art activities for kids

'Stained Glass' Painting
At another station, students used different colored paint in each section of a picture to emulate stained glass.
Christmas Art activities for kids

Christmas Art activities for kids

Christmas Art activities for kids

Christmas Art activities for kids

Christmas Art activities for kids

Christmas Art activities for kids

Christmas Tree Card

Students received a piece of scrapbook paper with this template on the back:
Christmas Art activities for kids

Christmas Art activities for kids
They cut out the strips and glued them onto folded cardstock, leaving a little space between each strip.
Christmas Art activities for kids

Christmas Art activities for kids

Christmas Art activities for kids

Christmas Art activities for kids

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tis the Season for Giving (and Receiving)...Blog Awards!

Christmas came early for me!

First, the receiving:
I have received not one, but TWO blog awards recently.


Thank you to Jenna for the Sunshine Award!
Please check out her great blog:



 I was nominated three times for the Liebster Blog Award!!!

Thanks to Kinderdi

...and to Sharon

...and to Mrs. Davis for the Liebster Blog Award!


Please check out their new blogs!

The Sunshine Award rules are:
1- Thank the person who gave this award and write a post about it.
2- Answer the following questions below
3- Pass on the award to 10 fabulous bloggers, link their blogs, and let them know you awarded them. 

Favourite colour: I don't have one
Favourite animal: dogs
Favourite number: I don't like numbers (or math in general :)
Favourite drink: diet Pepsi
Facebook or Twitter: Facebook {my life is not interesting enough to warrant a minute by minute update on Twitter}
Your Passion: God & family
Giving or Getting Presents: definitely giving
Favourite Day: I don't have one, but I will love them all starting next week :)
Favourite Flower: daisy, hydrangea, peony

And now for the Giving:

I'm passing the Sunshine Award on to these 10 Fabulous Bloggers:

For being freebie heaven to me:



For cracking me up:

Rosie Kaplan




For your all-around awesomeness:



Blogs I heart that are new {to me}:


The Liebster Blog Award is for new bloggers, and its goal is to spotlight up-and-coming blogs with fewer than 200 followers that deserve recognition.
If awarded, you must:
- copy & paste the award on your blog
-thank the giver and link back to them
-reveal YOUR top five picks, and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog


I'm passing the Liebster Blog award to these great bloggers:










Now it's time for you to RECEIVE and GIVE!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

I Am SOOOO Counting Down...


Dashing through the halls
With a list two pages long
Copier is down
What more can go wrong?

A dad enrolling twins
Oh, no! They're in my grade
I missed a meeting hours ago
But in five days...I've got it made!

Oh.....
Jingle bells, Jingle bells
One more day begins
"Teacher I'm not feeling well"
Oh how my head does spin

Jingle bells, Jingle bells
Sing it with a smile
After five more days of this
I'll get to rest awhile.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Christmas

Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Christmas

Our book study this past week was Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Christmas by Joy Cowley.
The book study comes from {here}
Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Christmas book study companion literacy activities
Here are some of the literacy activities we did throughout the week:

Read, Write, Stamp!
This activity has students reading farm animal words, tracing the letters of the words, and stamping the letters.

The book can be found here.

Sight Word Activities
Students used letter tiles to spell words from the story.
The word cards can be found here.

They put together sight word puzzles featuring Mrs. Wishy-Washy & her tin tub.
The sight word puzzles can be found here.

They also assembled Christmas tree sight word puzzles.

The Christmas tree sight word puzzles can be found here.

Wishy-Washy Word Search


The word search is here.

Wishy-Washy Mazes


                     There are four different mazes, which can be found here.

Wishy-Washy Color-By-Number


Colour-by-number is found here.

Writing Center

We used Wishy-Washy stationary in the Writing Centre, found here.
All of the above activities, and many more, can be found at Making Learning Fun.

Wishy-Washy Number Game
{numeral recognition 1-20}
I put numeral flash cards on my pocket chart.
{This lesson focussed on recognition of numerals 1-20}.

Pictures of items from the story are hidden behind random numbers on the chart. The pictures I hid are
A Wishy-Washy twist on Fran's Thanksgiving activity.

Students came up to the chart, pointed to a number, and said the number aloud. If they correctly identified it, they got to take the number off of the pocket chart & see if anything was hiding behind their card. The students felt so lucky when they found a picture behind their card! The "winner" was the student who found Mrs. Wishy-Washy.

Sight Word Story
{-it}
A great little Christmas-themed sight word book, used to introduce the word "it". It builds on previously learned words "is" and "a".
It is from Hubbard's Cupboard, and can be found here.


FYI: I have created bundles of month-long literacy centres, to make things easy for Kindergarten teachers!
The packs include literacy activities in these 5 areas of learning:
1)Writing 2)Listening to reading 3) Word work (sight words) 
4) Phonics/alphabet 5) Phonemic awareness
The packs are laid out, week by week, for the entire month. They include 5 stations for students to rotate through per week, with all of the components you’ll need for each activity.
Assessment tools are included to help keep learning on track and to keep your students accountable.
Learning is spiraled throughout the month, to help students build on their prior learning. 
Check out the first pack in the series {here}
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