I taught full-day kindergarten for 14 years and have spent the last 2 years as a kindergarten and first grade strategist working all over my district. I am excited to say that this school year I will be back in my own kindergarten classroom!! While I loved working with kinder and first grade teachers and their students, I missed having a class of my own.
I graduated from Dallas Baptist University in 2008 with a masters in curriculum and instruction. I am currently working on my doctorate in early childhood studies with a minor in curriculum and instruction at the University of North Texas. I hope to one day teach at the university level. I love what I do and want to pass on all that I have learned over the years to fellow teachers and students!
Congratulations go to always.a.silver.lining.blog and Sarah Cooley!! Both of you are the winners of a set of Bob Books!! I will contact Scholastic today and give them your information so that you can receive your prize. Thanks again to everyone who entered and for all of your great ideas!!
I was reading Mrs. Pearce's "I Can, You Can, Toucan" Blog this morning and thought I would share her cute idea for an edible Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree. Deanna Jump's web site and Kim Jordano's web site both have cute ideas using the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Kim's site has a class book idea as well as a math journal idea.
I went back and made the word helper signs into a single page (like Vanessa did) so that children can keep a copy at their seat with them or take them home for a reference. I also added 2 that Vanessa had - Buddy Bob and Elmer Elephant. I went back and made big word helper signs for Buddy Bob and Elmer Elephant too. Email me and I will send you the single sheet document as well as the 2 new big signs. I am still working on creating a book mark like document for students to keep in their books with them. Thanks Vanessa for sharing your reading strategy cards!
I remade the helpful chunk signs. I found DJ Inkers clip art for all of them except for "th". The "th" sign is called the naughty brothers and is a face sticking its tongue out to illustrate the /th/ sound. I am going to have to think of another idea for "th" if I want the clip art to all be the same. Does anyone have any ideas? and of course...email me if you would like me to share the signs with you.
I just found this great idea from Sarah Cooley's First Grader...at Last! blog. I used DJ Inkers clipart and created a set of signs for my classroom. I would love to share, so email me, if you would like me to send you a copy.
These are instructions and a picture straight from Sarah's blog.
Chunky Monkey and his Word Helping Friends!
This past week my class has been very busy brainstorming the qualities of good readers, discussing where readers read, learning how to find books in our classroom library, practicing how to read independently, and most of all, we have been enjoying good books together! Soon they will learn the strategies that good readers use when they come to unknown words--with a little help from my word helping animal friends! The posters (pictured at the top of this post) hang on the wall above my small group table, and my students are reminded daily of the strategies they should try when they get stuck on a word! After a few weeks, all I have to say is, "Skippy Kangaroo" or one of the names of the other strategies, and the kids know what to do. These are the descriptions for our word helping animals:
*Chunky Monkey: Look for smaller chunks you know inside the word.
*Stretchy Snake: Stretch out the sounds in the word, and blend them together.
*Eagle Eyes: Check the picture!
*Skippy Kangaroo: Skip over the word and read the rest of the sentence, then try it again.
*Flippy the Dolphin: "Flip" the vowel sound. If you tried the short vowel sound, try the word with the long vowel sound. Which one makes sense?
*Lips the Fish: Get your mouth ready. Make the beginning sound of the word.
Kindergarten...Kindergarten is having a blog party!! Kathryn wants to see pictures of your room! So when you're done setting up, get your camera out. Post the pictures on your blog, classroom website or a free photo-sharing website like Flickr or Picassa. Then simply use the link on her blog to share. Any primary (PK-2) classroom is welcome!
On September 24, she will randomly choose one classroom to receive a $25 Lakeshore Learning Giftcard! Go to Kindergarten...Kindergarten... for more details!
I found a new web site I wanted to share. There are lots of things on the site, but I have really enjoyed going through the themes so far. Lots of great ideas! Go to Mrs. Herbic's Themes to check it out. This link takes you to the themes page, so to see everything else, you will need to go back to the home page.
I am very excited about being given the opportunity to host a Bob Books: Sight Words giveaway. I have been a big fan of Bob Books since my oldest child learned to read. After such a great home experience with Bob Books, I started using them in my classroom with my students. They have been a valuable tool in helping my students learn to read. I'm looking forward to sharing Bob Books Sight Words for kindergarten and Bob Books Sight Words for first grade with TWO winners.
What are Bob Books? From the #1 bestselling learn-to-read program comes two brand-new sets focused on learning and practicing Sight Words.
Sight Words are words that are recognized by sight rather than sounded out, in order to achieve reading fluency. They are the most frequently used words in the English language, and are often unable to read phonetically ("was", "are", and "out" are examples). Bob Books Sight Words feature the top Sight Words in two sets-one for Kindergarten and one for first grade- in order to allow parents and children to read, learn and practice easily and enjoyably.
Each Sight Words box includes 10 original books, 30 flashcards, and a parent guide. Soon your child will be saying "I can read the whole book!" (quoted from their site)
The Giveaway: Two winners will receive: A Bob Books lunchbox Copies of Bob Books Sight Words: Kindergarten and Bob Books Sight Words: First Grade
HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:
* In a comment on this post, share with me (and my readers) about a way you have used Bob Books with your own children or in your classroom. If you have not had any prior experience with Bob Books, share an idea or activity for working with students on reading skills. * Be sure to leave an email address along with your comment. * Deadline to enter is Friday, August 27th at 11:59PM EST. * Winners will be announced on Monday, August 30th. * Contest is open to U.S. Residents only, sorry for any inconveniences! * Winners will be selected in a random drawing.
Thank you to Scholastic for sponsoring this giveaway and making it possible for us to giveaway two sets of Bob Books!
I recently learned about a free website for Math Teachers of all grades, the site is Math-Aids.Com. It has a Kindergarten section that allows you to create worksheets for all types of math concepts. The site is designed so that you can plug in whatever numbers or instructions you want and then a worksheet is created for you. This site would make a great assessment tool if you are wanting a hard copy to keep on file. Go to Math-Aids.com to check it out.
A third grade teacher in my district shared this idea with me today. If you go to Flickr and join search "Debbie Diller" then you can join the "Spaces and Places" group. Once you have joined the group, you can share photos of your classroom, look at photos from other teacher's classrooms, and post questions you have about room arrangement organization. What a great resource.
I just downloaded Deanna Jump's Literacy and Math Fun With Names from TeachersPayTeacher.com. It was $10 and well worth the money. The download includes 14 ideas for using student's names. There are several cute class book ideas. All of the masters and patterns are included. Go to Literacy and Math Fun With Names to view sample pages or purchase the download yourself.
This idea came from one of my former teammates. Last year, instead of hunting for the Gingerbread Man, we hunted for Chester the Raccoon from the book The Kissing Hand. We read letters and followed raccoon prints around the school (I made black construction paper raccoon prints and taped them in various places all around the school) to learn where places were and who the people in our school were. When we made it back to our room, there were Hershey kisses waiting for us! Go to The Kissing Hand Hunt to download the masters for the letters. They are in Word format so you can replace my staff names with your own.
The Virtual Vine has a page full of good extensions for use with the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? They ask that no one copies or pastes graphics or text from their site, so you will have to follow the link Brown Bear, Brown Bear.
For those of you who do a hunt for the gingerbread man to get your kids acquainted with the school and the people in it, this class book idea is a good extension- Where is the Gingerbread Man Hiding? The pictures from the site can't be copied and pasted so go to Where is the Gingerbread Man Hiding to see an example. You can print a template for the book at book template.
Mrs. Gagne's Kindergarten site has a cute class book idea for kindergarten introductions. I tried to copy and paste pictures of the book but the site would not let me. See an example of the book and cover at Look Out Kindergarten Here We Come and download a template at template.