Saturday, December 29, 2012

Rollin' Out December...

Hi Y’all! J I hope Winter Break is treating you well! I have been working on school goodies the last 2 days I think it is time for a break from creating. Here is a little recap of our month in Our Smart Community. It was BUSY and super fun!

We began our world travels in NOVEMBER. We visit 7 countries and it is really more of a history, cultural and geography unit than Christmas Around the World kind of thing.  We used to do that but after traveling to 4 of the countries together, we had a lot more to share. J Someday, I shall put it all together into a unit it is so busy that I just haven’t found the time yet. Perhaps that will be a summer project.

We teach the 7 Habitswe introduce one habit each month in kindergarten. As an integrated Art/WRITING project, we made Santa and wrote about how we had been using one of the first three habits in our lives. It was super cute to see the ideas! We loved it and our students did as well.
We had SO MUCH fun on our Polar Express Day. We wore our jammies, made hot chocolate and s’mores for treats. We had a blast!

Did you have an elf visit your classroom? SO FUN! Winter came to visit in Mrs. Parrott’s room and Rocket was in mine. The students love finding them each morning. The Students made their own elves the last week before break DEFINITELY  THE FAVORITE project of the month! J
We hope your December was magical, fun and full of learning! J We have been working on writing A LOT and using rubrics in kindergarten to assess our work. I will share a little bit about that next time and add a freebie!
Be Blessed! J

Monday, December 17, 2012

Got Elves?

Our Smart Community has two special visitors! They arrived straight from the North Pole right after Thanksgiving Break! J
I have made a literacy game and a math game to tie our learning to “Winter” and “Rocket”.
This week, our students are making their own elf and a book about their created elf! They were SO excited it was the most popular literacy center choice today!
This is a week loaded with fun tomorrow is Polar Express Day and Thursday is our “WINTER PARTY”. Lots of fun and memories being made Kelly and I are lucky to be part of all of it!

Monday, December 10, 2012

We have been quite the happy travelers since the beginning of November! This two month unit is so much work lots of outside hours put in so it all runs smoothly! We traveled to Mexico first, then Sweden, off to England where we had an amazing afternoon tea, onto France after Thanksgiving Break, to Italy and Australia and our final stop before returning to the United States is Germany! We will enter Germany tomorrow! The customs table is already set up and ready to go!

I had big plans to compile my ideas and projects into a huge unit but I have been too busy to do that so I have plans to work on that during the winter since my winter units are already finished!





Saturday, November 3, 2012

Classroom Tour

As we enter the second nine weeks, it is time to FINALLY post some pics of our new rooms! I keep thinking that everything I envision will get accomplished but I am learning that our rooms will continue to be a work in progress the entire year because of the HOURS we had to organize and prepare for this school year. My dream has been to create completely customized classrooms with most, if not all, components and designs to be created by me. J There is a lot to create for an entire classroom! Our theme is pink, lime and zebra with some dots and designer fabric thrown in to pull it all together. There is so much still to do but here are a few pics of our beginning!
Move In Day 2 days before reporting for meetings!! Can you spell STRESS!?

Blank Slate J

We are finally side by side 17 years was a long time coming!

We are a Leader In Me School! I am SO proud to be part of the founding team of teachers to begin this!! My Leader Board is available in my TPT store!
I saw a similar idea on Pinterest and put my own zebra-kind of spin on it! J It is my “How We Go Home” organizer!

Our students have daily take home folders which go here soon they will have homework/reading folders too!
Matching Alphabet Line/Word Wall Pics on alphabet cards coordinate with Saxon Picture Clues. J
Book Boxes Read to Self and Buddy Reading Tools

Matching Color Words Tool Chart

My spin on Touch Math just had to go with matching tools! J

All About Me Board! J It now hangs next to my Leader Board above my desk! I will try to snap a pic of that soon!

What do you do when you have extra fabric/wood after making crate seating YOU USE IT! J
I couldn’t resist labeling the chairs!! I was over the moon when I saw that little cut out part at the top and the creative juices started right there! OH MY WORD! They turned out so cute!

Our crates where it all began this summer! J
Word Wall Words of the Week They double as table names! I use my word wall pack (in my store @ tpt) and make 3 copies of each word (1 for the wall and 2 in order to double side the table sign). More about how we teach word wall words with great success later. J

So there is our running start to our coordinated classrooms. These are all pics of my room (Kristine’s room) BUT Kelly’s room looks just like it! J Designing and creating coordinating spaces takes a while!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Farm Fun!

We made the cutest lil’ farmers last week! J The details made them extra fun! They will be included in my farm unit... if I ever have time to work on it! We have also been workin’ hard on learning vocabulary... our focus was on compound words last week. We are so proud of our students! We made our first flip books too... all about irrigation!
Kelly and I finally share a wall! J We are SO excited as this is our first EVER display together! We love having our students' work all mixed together!


Vocabulary Strips!


Our First Vocabulary Flip Book of the Year!
They wrote about irrigation and illustrated their understanding of the word.
Our students did a great job! J


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Our Smart Community is off to a great start!!

We are off and running with our farm unit! J I have the greatest intentions of creating a comprehensive unit to place on TPT but so far, I have not found the time to do it hoping to catch up with thematic inspirations soon!! We started our vocabulary word of the day 2 weeks ago! Our students have already begun the process of understanding and applying their new found knowledge during discussions and through projects. We are having so much fun learning new words at Our Smart Community morning meeting! This week, we will begin a new addition to Our Smart Community an afternoon math meeting which will include a math lesson and calendar activities. We meet in Mrs. Parrott’s room in the morning and we will meet in Mrs. Weyher’s room in the afternoon. We are looking forward to this new collaborative portion of our day! Kelly and I are still working on our rooms and we wonder if we will ever get them truly finished.  We are finishing up our Leader Board this week and I will post classroom photos ASAP. Have a great week!
Our First Vocabulary Strip!