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!