Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Any Item From My TPT Store FREE!

...just a quick reminder that my FLASH giveaway ends tomorrow at midnight!
Any item of your choice from my TPT store...FREE
Just leave a comment that you:
1- follow my blog {here}
2- follow my TPT store {here}
3- follow me on Pinterest {here}
1, 2, FREE
Check out my store {here} to see what you could win!
One winner will be chosen by random draw.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Personalized Reading Pointers and A FLASH GIVEAWAY!

Can I just say WOW!?
My first time public speaking...presenting to my fellow Kindergarten teachers from Christian schools across Ontario...and can I say, they were the best audience!
Of course Kindergarten teachers would be supportive, kind audiences...that's just their nature!
{Don't know what I was so nervous about!}
If you were there, I am so honoured to have been a small part of your convention experience, and thank you for taking the time to visit me at my workshop.
Student Pointers
If you have had your school photos done for the year, here is a great tip to try- providing your Kindergarten kids a FUN & personalized print tracking tool.
There are always several small pictures with adhesive backs that are given to the office for use in your students' file. I was given the unused pictures, and turned them into student pointers.
Each student's picture is at the top so that they can "look" at the word as they read it. LOL
The photo is adhesive, stuck onto a large craft stick. There is a strip of adhesive magnetic tape on the back so that the pointers can hang on their fridge.
The pointers can be used to practice their sight words that should be hanging on their fridge.
I use these forms:
You can find the forms {here}.
AND...just because I feel like it....I'm having a
{totally spur of the moment- just decided right now :) }
Leave a comment ON THIS POST telling me you:
1. follow my blog {here}
2. follow my TPT store {here}
 3. follow on Pinterest {here}
I will randomly draw one name on Wednesday, October 31.
The winner will receive any one item of their choice from my TPT store
Browse here to see what you'd like to win :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Literacy Stations...Writing Centre Freebie...Nerves

Just a quick post to show a glimpse of what we've been doing in Kindergarten this week:
I put magnetic letters into a drawstring bag {that students could not see into}. They took turns reaching inside and drawing a letter. The letter was put on a magnetic board so that everyone in the group could see what it was.
Students then find the letter on their sheet & highlight it.
Students read a story together, then fill out a response form from Deanna Jump.
This cut & paste activity is a freebie from Danielle at Kroger's Kindergarten {here}.
Students cut the lowercase letters & glue them onto the corresponding uppercase letter.

I have added some freebies to my TPT store & here's one of them:

These pages can be added to your writing centre.
Leave some love if you use it!
Now I'm off to prepare for my presentations at an All-Ontario Christian School Teachers' Convention..yikes! {I'm so nervous about public speaking!!!}

Friday, October 19, 2012

Morning Messages {Punctuation}

We have been having a lot of fun with our Morning Messages this year.
Here's one from the day after we got back from Thanksgiving holidays:

I try to have the students involved with the messages, and this time I asked a question, where they could come up & write their name under their answer.

I also noticed that all of my sentences ended with different punctuation marks {period or pyramid, as my kids like to call it, exclamation mark, and question mark}, so a lesson on punctuation evolved from our chart.

They thought it was funny how our voice changes when we read aloud using the different punctuation marks.
{Our poor ELL student probably thinks we're all crazy.}

After working with the message, I told my students to grab a book off of the bookshelf, and to look for punctuation in their book.

Boy were they surprised that these markings were in their books- they hadn't noticed them before!

Looking for more ideas for FUN Morning Messages?

Don't forget about my FALL SALE that's happening until October 31.

Click {here} to view!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fall Scavenger Hunt {freebie} and a FALL SALE

This week our book study is based on We're Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger.
After reading the story and completing the story's flow chart {here} we headed outside for a fall scavenger hunt of our own.
evergreen trees

colourful leaves


pumpkins {at the house beside the school}

Here is a copy of the items we were searching for on our school grounds:

You can download a copy of the fall scavenger hunt FREE {here}.


I have included both colour and black and white versions. The colour version can be used to aid students who don't know their colour words yet...just laminate the page, and students can mark their findings with a dry-erase marker. The black and white version can be used for those who know their colour words, or if you wish to send a copy home with the students.
On another note, ALL FALL ITEMS in my TPT store are on sale until the end of October!
Fun With Frank Math & Literacy Fun
sample pages

Autumn Write the Room Pack
sample pages

Happy hunting {and shopping}!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Literacy Work Stations

I have been asked to share how I run my activity work stations, specifically how I organize the chart that shows who goes where.
Here is what my Literacy Activity chart looks like today:
I use a half-page header {in chevron, of course}. LOL
I have my class divided up into small groups of 3-4 students, with 3 activities running at once.
{Most years my groups have 4-5 students in each group, with 5 activities running at once.}
I have found this to be the simplest way to organize my work stations.
Students are to work in one station at a time. When time is up, I simply move the activity card over one spot, and students know what activity they will be in next.

The activity cards include both words and pictures to aid my visual learners and ELL students.
You can find ALL 36 activity cards as well as full-page and half-page station header cards 


Monday, October 08, 2012

Indian Corn Art {freebie}

Last week my students decorated Indian corn, and we added them to the collaborative turkey Thanksgiving bulletin board {here}.
Students started by colouring and cutting out the template of the corn, found {here} from DLTK-Kids.
I set out paper plates with different coloured paint and Q-tips on them.
Students dabbed dots of paint onto the corn to create the different-coloured 'kernels'.
Since they were only using Q-Tips, it was my favourite kind of craft = one with no messy clean-up :)

Final product, drying in the sunshine.

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